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Tigers Victorious in Edwardsville
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Tigers Victorious in Edwardsville

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – On a chilly afternoon in southern Illinois, the Tennessee State University volleyball team traveled to SIU-Edwardsville and came away victorious in an Ohio Valley Conference match.

The Tigers (7-11, 2-2 OVC) beat the Cougars (8-11, 04 OVC) 3-1 via strong attacking efforts and excellent serving prowess. Three Tigers had double-digit kills as seniors Taylor Swayzer and Naomi Wells put down 13 and sophomore Arijana Anderson notched 12.

TSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind efficient attacking by junior Haley Hampton and Anderson. Hampton, through the first two frames, hit .625 while her teammate, Anderson, put down points at a percentage of .583. They both finished with a .375 and a .308 attack percentage, respectively.

“Errors have plagued us in years past,” head coach Kathy Roulhac said. “We have been intentional on eliminating them in practice this year and I feel like it is starting to show. We analyze each error in practice and talk about the consequences so the girls are prepared in the match.”

SIUE forced a fourth set with a 25-21 win in the third. Down 21-19, the Cougars went on a 6-0 run to finish off the set victory. The Tigers responded well, though, with a 25-16 match clinching fourth set win

Two Tigers have developed devastating jump serves. Junior Madison Halterman and Hampton both displayed their newly found high-flying hits from behind the line with aplomb, notching four aces between the two of them. For Hampton, it was her first ace as a Tiger. TSU, as a team, had nine service aces.

“They’ve been working on jump serves. Today was the first time they’ve gotten to use them in a match and I was very happy with what I saw. Haley doesn’t get to serve on a regular basis, but she looked good today.”

Freshman Samantha Beltran finished the match with 44 assists while senior Ileanushka Maldonado led the defense with 16 digs.

The Tigers now look to an early home match on Tuesday as they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 11:00 a.m.

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