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Volleyball set for First Home Match of 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Volleyball set for First Home Match of 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off a runner-up finish at the Clemson Classic, the Tennessee State University volleyball team is set to host East Tennessee State at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday night, at Kean Hall.

The Tigers (3-7) will have their first home game of 2014 when the Buccaneers (4-6) travel to Nashville. TSU has lost the only two games between the two schools. None of the current Tigers were on the roster the last time both teams played.

TSU put together an impressive week. In four games they won three, and pushed Clemson to five sets at Jervey Gym. Seniors Naomi Wells (54) and Taylor Swayzer (53) both had over 50 kills on the week while junior Haley Hampton (41) and sophomore Arijana Anderson (40) made it four players over 40 kills.

Freshman Samantha Beltran dropped a large amount of assists as she racked up 165 while leading the team to a .217 attack percentage. In just her third week of collegiate play, Beltran has totaled 318 assists (8.99 per set).

On the defensive side of the ball, senior Ileanushka Maldonado tallied 60 digs while senior Jaime Cooper had 39. Two players had over ten blocks as sophomore Neisha Crockett had 15 rejections while Swayzer put down 10 attacks.

The Buccaneers are coming to Nashville after a five-set victory over Georgia Tech. ETSU had 58 kills and 66 digs in that match and hit a .199 clip. Setter Jaime Rutledge passed 3,000 career assists during the game while two players, Ivey Rice (14 kills, 10 digs) and Bethany Gesell (16 kills, 11 digs), recorded double-doubles.

In their first season of Southern Conference play, the Bucs were picked to finish third. After 22 wins and a conference championship, ETSU returns 12 players and landed middle blocker Meredith Hardy on the Preseason All-Southern Conference Team. Hardy earned All-Atlantic Sun honors in each of the last two seasons.

Game time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. as Kean Hall. The Tigers ask all their fans to don their blue to the match. For all the Blue and White fans out of town, the game will be broadcasted on the OVC Digital Network.

Check out the volleyball team’s Twitter account @tnstateVB for all your Tiger volleyball news and updates.