NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University volleyball team is set to hit the road for their final non-conference tune-up at the UC Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
The Tigers (4-7) are 4-1 since their last meeting with the host Bearcats (6-3), including a 3-1 victory over East Tennessee State on Tuesday that got head coach Kathy Roulhac her 300th career win. TSU will face Central Michigan (2-7) and Charleston Southern (5-6) for the first time in school history. The Chippewas and the Buccaneers are the 4th and 5th teams that the Tigers will face for the first time in this season.
TSU played a great, all-around match to beat East Tennessee State on Tuesday. Senior Taylor Swayzer (17), junior Haley Hampton (11), and sophomore Arijana Anderson (10) all had double-digit kills while senior Naomi Wells (17), sophomore Taylor Patterson (16), and senior Ileanushka Maldonado (13) all recorded double-digit digs. The offense and defense were in sync and kept the Buccaneers off-balance.
Both Wells (119) and Swayzer (109) have over 100 kills on the season. They have led an offense that is loaded with weapons like Anderson, who is two kills away, at 98, from 100, and Hampton, who along with Swayzer has a .249 attack percentage. TSU is averaging 11.3 kills per set so far in 2014.
On the Tigers’ plate this weekend is Central Michigan, Charleston Southern, and Cincinnati.
The Chippewas are picked to finish 5th in the Western division of the MAC after a little bit of a down year in 2013. They have a preseason All-Conference team member in Kaitlyn McIntyre, who along with Jordan Bueter, leads the team with 2.83 kills per set. Central Michigan has wins against Evansville and DePaul in 2014.
The Buccaneers will look to rebound in 2014 after going 6-24 (0-14 Big South) last season. They’ve already almost equaled their win total from a year ago as they have wins over Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, the Citadel, South Carolina State, and North Carolina Central. Siraya Windsor leads the attack with 3.92 kills per set while Taylor Allman paces the defense with 4.41 digs per set this season.
The host Bearcats are 3-0 since facing TSU. They traveled to Kingston, R.I., for the Art Carmichael Invitational last weekend and swept the field, beating Rutgers, the host Rhode Island, and NJIT. Emma Roberson leads UC with 3.41 kills per set while Jamie Netisingha lead the team with 4.81 digs per set.
The Tigers will square-off with Central Michigan at 3:30 p.m. on Friday to open up the tournament. They will then play Charleston Southern at 1:00 p.m. and Cincinnati at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Audio broadcasts will be available for all three games through TSUTigers.com.
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