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September 17, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State152525263
TSUTeam StatsUTC
.241Hitting Pct..150
145Total Attacks133
KillsAllie Davenport - 11
AssistsMadison Bergren - 37
AcesMiranda Elpers - 2
Madison Bergren - 2
DigsRachel Petkosh - 13
BlocksEmily Plumlee - 3
Madison Bergren - 3
September 17, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Appalachian State272117181
Tennessee State252525253
APPTeam StatsTSU
.164Hitting Pct..303
152Total Attacks152
Emma Longley - 14
KillsCLARK - 14
Ashlyn Brown - 32
AssistsDANIELSON - 49
Ashton Gregory - 2
AcesWATSON - 2
Olivia Loeffler - 13
Alana Shoff - 3
BlocksPIERSON - 6
Tigers Go 2-0 on Second Day of Scenic City Showdown
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Tigers Go 2-0 on Second Day of Scenic City Showdown

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Tennessee State University started day two of the Scenic City Showdown with a huge 3-1 win over host UT-Chattanooga. The Tigers followed that up four hours later with a 4-1 win over Appalachian State.

In the first match of the day the Tigers had four players in double digit kills and two more players with double digit digs. Julie Pierson had 14 kills and Katora Roberts had 10. Seniors Chloe Watson Taylor Patterson both had double-doubles in the match. Watson had 15 kills and 13 digs while Patterson added 12 kills and 13 digs. Kylie Hayes, Puamana Danielson and  Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus all had nine digs in the first match.

The second match of the day started like the first with TSU dropping the first set before winning the next three. TSU had three players with double digit kills including Payten Clark with 14, and Pierson with 11. Puamana Danielson had a double-double with 49 assists and 11 digs. Watson added 13 kills and 10 digs. Patterson and Adorno-DeJesus had 16 and 19 digs respectively.

Against UTC

The Tigers (7-6) started the first match of the day down 4-0 before going on their own four point run to tie the score. The first stanza began with both teams exchanging blows. However, UTC would capitalize on seven TSU hitting errors and two service miscues. The final score of the first set would go in the Mocs favor 25-15. Pierson had six kills in set one.

TSU was firing on all cylinders in the second frame. The team improved from a .091 hitting percentage in the first set to a .250 in the second. Chloe Watson had five kills and Taylor Patterson added six. The Tigers had 16 digs and two in a half blocks in the second stanza. The Tigers would cruise to a 25-16 win.

The third set had the same outcome as the second. Tennessee State would win by a 25-16 score. The Tigers would add 14 kills and 14 digs to take the frame. TSU would take advantage of six hitting errors in the third stanza and added four service aces. Watson had five more kills and Patterson would add three more kills herself.

The final stanza would be very exciting. TSU started off the frame on a run and led by as many as eight points. Chattanooga would go on a run of their own, before tying the score at 19 all. Both teams would trade multiple points leaving the score at 24 apiece. However, back to back kills for Watson would put an end to the match. The Tigers would win 26-24!

Against Appalachian State

The second match of the day started off as a dog fight in the first set. Tennessee State and Appalachian State exchanged points the entire match. A hitting error by TSU gave App State a 24-23 lead. The Tigers would take a timeout. Out of the timeout Watson would get a kill to even the score. A kill by the Mountaineers would force TSU to take its second timeout of the match. Payten Clark would again tie things at 25 before back to back kills from App State ended the frame 27-25. Watson had six kills in the first stanza.

In the second frame neither team could separate with the largest lead being four by TSU. The Tigers would eventually win by a score of 25-21. Clark added six kills that helped propel the team to a win. Defensively the squad had 21 digs and a block which slowed down an App State offense that hit .326 in the first set. Watson, Roberts and Pierson all added three kills.

The Tigers were hitting on all cylinders offensively in the third set. Tennessee State had a .308 hitting percentage through three sets.  Clark added four more kills and Watson and Patterson each had three kills in the set. Defensively TSU had four blocks in the match along with 11 digs. The Tigers would take the third frame 25-17.

TSU would win the match in set four by a score of 25-18. Arijana Anderson had four kills in the set and had a .500 hitting percent. Tennessee State led the entire set as they cruised to a win. The Tigers won back to back games for the first time since week one of the season.