RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior Erika Moss continued her stellar play this season recording a career high 21 digs, with 33 assists to finish with a double-double, as TSU fell to EKU on the road 3-1 (13-25, 18-25, 25-23, 23-25).
The double-double marked the 11th of her season and the fourth time Moss reached 20 or more digs.
Junior Naomi Wells finished with her ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 14 kills and 10 digs. The double-double was the first for wells since the Tigers match against Jacksonville State on Oct. 25. Wells also put up a strong performance on the block, posting three on the day.
Defensively, Ileanushka Maldonado finished with 20 digs from the libero spot.
In the first set Eastern Kentucky (16-14, 8-6) raced out to a 7-1 start. Tennessee State (10-15, 6-8) used a 3-0 push to close within three at 7-4. The run consisted of two kills and a block from junior Naomi Wells.
EKU extended its lead out to 10 at 14-4. Big Blue rattled off four consecutive points closing within six, 14-8. In the span the Tigers’ Jordon Piper and Wells recorded kills.
Tennessee State closed within six on three more occasions but the Colonels closed the set out, winning 25-13 to take a 1-0 set lead.
Eastern Kentucky used another big run to open the second frame, gaining a 5-1 lead. The lead extended out to a seven point advantage at 16-9. TSU connected on the next two points with kills from wells and junior Sherryce Butler, followed by an attack error from EKU closed the gap to four, 16-12.
That was the closest the Tigers would get in the second stanza as the Colonels won the frame 25-18, taking the 2-0 set lead into the locker room.
Out of the break Tennessee State picked up the first three points taking an early 3-0 lead. With the set knotted at 3-3, TSU used another 3-0 run to regain the lead. In the stretch Wells and junior Taylor Swayzer picked up a kill apiece.
EKU took their first lead in the frame at 11-10. Both clubs traded the lead, sharing twelve ties, with the last tie coming at 22-22. Back-to-back kills from Wells put the Tigers within one point of taking their first set of the afternoon, to close within 2-1 in sets.
In the fourth set Tennessee State connected on the first two points, EKU used a 12-6 run to gain a four point advantage, 12-8. The Tigers netted the next four points to level the score at 12 all. Freshman Arijana Anderson picked up two kills in the TSU charge.
Both clubs traded the lead and shared seven ties with the last tie coming at 23-23. EKU connected on the next two points to close the set out 25-23 to win the match 3-1.
Ashley Edmond finished with a double-double for EKU compliling 12 kills and 18 digs.
The Tigers return to Nashville to take on Belmont in the Curb Event Center on Wednesday, first serve for the match is set for 7 p.m.