Tigers Drop Five Set Match to JSU
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Tigers Drop Five Set Match to JSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the second match in a row the Tennessee State University volleyball team pushed the match to a fifth set and fell, this time to Jacksonville State University, at Kean Hall.

The Tigers (9-20, 3-11 OVC) dropped Saturday’s match to the Gamecocks (17-14, 8-6 OVC) 2-3. TSU fought their way out of a 0-2 hole to force a fifth set before falling 5-15 in the deciding frame. JSU sweeps the season series with the Tigers having beat them in Jacksonville on Oct. 10.

Senior Naomi Wells turned in a terrific performance for the Blue and White, coming one kill from going 20/20 (19 kills, 20 digs). Fellow senior Taylor Swayzer also put the ball on the floor with regularity, racking up 17 kills for the match. Swayzer led the team with a .424 attack percentage.

The Tigers again received a strong performance from and underclassman as freshman Carla Grayson finished the match with some solid numbers. On the afternoon, Grayson notched two career-highs with nine kills and seven block assists. Alongside her, and following up an awesome Friday night performance, sophomore Neisha Crockett had seven kills, three digs, and two blocks. For the weekend, Grayson and Crockett combined for 37 total kills and 14 block assists.

Joining Wells in double-digit digs was senior Libero Ileanushka Maldonado, who had 16 digs. Freshman Samantha Beltran had 50 assists on the afternoon, as well.

TSU now turns their attention to cross-town rival Belmont. The Tigers take a trip down the road to square off with the Bruins on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.