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Volleyball knocks off NSU and Mercer at Bear Brawl
Friday, September 2, 2011

Macon, Ga. ---  The Tennessee State University volleyball team swept Norfolk State University before going the distance with Mercer in a 3-2 win Friday night at the Bear Brawl.

With the two victories, Tennessee State extended its winning streak to three and improved to 4-1 on the season.

TSU vs. Norfolk

The Tennessee State University volleyball team defeated Norfolk State University, 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-14), in the opening match of the Bear Brawl hosted by Mercer University Friday night at University Center.

Tennessee State improved to 3-1 on the season with the win over Norfolk State (0-1).

Shaquita Williams hit a scorching .455 and led the team with a match-high 13 kills in the sweep over the Spartans. Erika Moss dished out 27 assists while Britani Hathorn registered a match-best 11 digs.

A kill by Shaquita Williams to open up the first set sparked a run that put TSU on top, 8-1. Later in the set, a couple of Tiger attack errors helped the Spartans pull to within five, 14-9. NSU narrowed the gap down to 18-15 behind another TSU error but that would be as close as the Spartans would get. TSU closed out the set with a 7-1 run to claim the 25-16 win.

The second frame was a battle from the onset. TSU trailed, 11-8, before using three straight points to even the score at 11-all.  The score went back-and-forth before the teams played to a 23-23 deadlock. With the set on the line, timely kills from Miaje Hubbard and Terakka Walker pushed TSU to the win.

NSU scored the first point of the third set but it would be TSU that would assume control. The Tigers jumped out to an 11-6 lead, which led to a Spartan timeout. TSU, however, maintained the momentum following the break and stretched the advantage to, 20-10 before cruising to the, 25-14, win.

Tennessee State finished the match with a .215 hitting percentage and 37 kills while Norfolk State only tallied 27 kills and a dismal .055 hitting percentage. TSU held the advantage in digs, 37-32, team blocks, 6-3, and service aces, 6-2.

TSU vs. Mercer

Tennessee State improved to 4-1 on the season after knocking off Mercer, 3-2 (12-25, 25-22, 14-25, 25-21, 15-10) in a hard fought match.

Terakka Walker posted a double-double with a match-high 14 kills to go along with 19 digs. Britani Hathorn (19), Erika Moss (12) and Calasia Williams (11) also registered double-digit digs for the Tigers.

TSU fell behind early and never really got going in the opening set. The Tigers only had 13 kills and committed 19 errors in a 25-12 loss to the Bears.

The Tigers raised their level of play in the second set, capturing an early 5-2 lead. MU came back to knot the score before using a small spurt to go ahead 12-8. The Tigers, however, battled back to even the score at 13-all.

TSU started to take control of the frame as Mercer was forced to use a timeout when TSU took a 20-18 lead.  The Tigers only outscored the Bears, 5-4, down the stretch but it was enough to claim the win and even the match, 1-1.

After stumbling in a disappointing, 25-14, loss in the third set the Tigers bounced back with a 25-21 win in the fourth frame.

In the fifth and final set,  Mercer used a 4-1 run to grab a 7-4 lead. Following a timeout, TSU answered with a, 6-2, run of its own to take the lead, 10-9. Mercer used a timeout in order to slow the Tigers down but a kill by Shaquita Williams sparked another scoring spurt that made TSU's lead, 13-9.

TSU would go on to win the set, 15-10, and claim the, 3-2, match win.

The Tigers will play the final game of the tournament tomorrow against Troy at 1 p.m.