Clemson, S.C. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team defeated South Carolina State, 3-0, in the opening match of the Big Orange Bash hosted by Clemson.
The set scores were 25-17, 25-16 and 25-19.
In the opening set, Tennessee State fell behind, 4-2, before taking the lead behind three straight points. After trading points over the next several rallies, the Tigers used a 7-3 run to capture a 19-13 lead. TSU went ahead, 23-17, before a service ace and a kill by Shaquita Williams sealed the win.
A couple of attack errors led to TSU falling behind, 3-0, in the second frame. The Tigers, however, regrouped and tied the match at 8-all. The score was 10-10 when a kill by Shaquita Williams sparked a 7-3 run by the Tigers and forced a Lady Bulldog timeout.
SC State pulled to within two but that would be as close as the Lady Bulldogs would get as the Tigers finished strong and took a, 2-0, match lead.
Tennessee State led early in the third set but SC State battled back as the teams played to an 11-11 tie. The lead wavered back and forth until a couple of kills from Danielle Howell and Sherryce Butler helped the Tigers go up 20-16.
SC State called a timeout in an effort to halt the Tigers' momentum but costly errors by the Lady Bulldogs coupled with timely kills from S. Williams and Rebecca Moudree pushed TSU to the win.
Tennessee State (1-0) tallied 43 total kills and hit .226 in the match while South Carolina State (0-1) only managed a .058 hitting percentage and 21 kills.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow with contests against host Clemson and Loyola-Maryland.