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Tigers Fall in Straight Sets at Jacksonville State
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Tigers Fall in Straight Sets at Jacksonville State

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The Tennessee State University volleyball team traveled to Jacksonville State University on Friday night and fell 0-3 at Pete Matthews Coliseum.

The Tigers (8-12, 2-3 OVC) dropped straight sets to the Gamecocks (12-8, 5-0 OVC) on the road for their third conference loss of the season. Senior Naomi Wells had a double-double of 12 kills and 11 digs, senior Taylor Swayzer had 10 kills and a pair of blocks, and junior Haley Hampton had 10 kills to round out the top three offensive players for TSU.

Freshman Samantha Beltran had 38 assists along with a pair of kills and digs and an ace and a block. She has 78 in six sets helpers this week (13 assists/set).

JSU played well for much of the first set and won 25-23. The Tigers, down by five late, made a run and came within one point. However, at that point in the set, the Gamecocks needed only one point to clinch, and that is what they got. Wells had five kills and Beltran had a dozen assists in the match’s first frame.

The second frame saw a tough 24-26 loss for TSU. Having been up by five early, and had the game tied at 24, the Tigers couldn’t shut the door and even the match score. Beltran continued her torrid performance with 18 assists in the second set while Wells added another five kills and seven digs to her match resume. The Tigers improved their efficiency in the second set, posting a .238 clip after hitting .229 in the first.

The Gamecocks took advantage of a couple of long volleys late in the third set and finished off the match with a 25-17 set win.

The Tigers will return to action tomorrow afternoon in Cookeville, Tenn. as they take on Tennessee Tech. Match time is slated for 4:00 p.m. The match will be broadcasted on the OVC Digital Network.