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August 24, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Stetson252325253
Tennessee State222512231
STETTeam StatsTSU
.208Hitting Pct..192
53Kills53
21Errors21
154Total Attacks167
46Assists50
6Aces5
81Digs71
3.0Blocks8.0
STETLeadersTSU
DEISA - 21
KillsPIERSON - 18
IVANOVA - 35
AssistsTE'O - 45
SPENCE - 3
AcesPIERSON - 2
SPENCE - 22
DigsRIVERA ORTIZ - 16
SCHMID - 2
BlocksHENDERSON - 4
August 24, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
FAMU252325231
Tennessee State272522253
FAMUTeam StatsTSU
.148Hitting Pct..185
47Kills55
23Errors24
162Total Attacks168
45Assists52
8Aces8
83Digs79
6.0Blocks4.0
FAMULeadersTSU
GARCIA - 13
KillsPIERSON - 15
NURKAN - 21
AssistsTE'O - 39
GARCIA - 3
CARRASCO - 3
AcesRIVERA ORTIZ - 3
CARRASCO - 25
DigsRIVERA ORTIZ - 24
KOCABIYIK - 5
BlocksHENDERSON - 3
August 25, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State252217211
FIU212525253
TSUTeam StatsFIU
.169Hitting Pct..184
42Kills57
21Errors29
124Total Attacks152
38Assists53
1Aces5
54Digs54
10.0Blocks8.5
TSULeadersFIU
HENDERSON - 11
KillsBIANCHIN - 15
TE'O - 34
AssistsHUGHES - 31
HENDERSON - 1
AcesBIANCHIN - 2
RIVERA ORTIZ - 16
DigsBERNIER - 16
HENDERSON - 4
KRUIZE - 4
BlocksERTELTOVA - 5
Volleyball Opens Season at FIU Kickoff
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Volleyball Opens Season at FIU Kickoff

GAME NOTES

SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - @TSU_Tigers & @TNStateVB | Instagram - @TSUTigers & @TNStateVB | #BigBlueRising

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live stats will be available for all three of TSU’s games at Ocean Bank Convocation Center. 
Game 1 vs. Stetson
Game 2 vs. FAMU
Game 3 vs. Florida International

OPENING MATCH: The Tennessee State volleyball team opens up the regular season with the FIU Kickoff in Miami. The first match of the tournament has the Tigers taking on Stetson Friday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m., followed by FAMU at 2 p.m.

TSU UPDATE: Big Blue welcomes ten newcomers to the squad, including five junior college transfers, four freshmen and one sophomore transfer. Coming off of a 7-23, 3-13 (OVC) season, head coach Donika Sutton and the Tigers look to improve beginning with a tournament at FIU. Last season, the Tigers hosted FIU at the Tiger Invitational, defeating the Panthers in four sets. With an All-OVC Preseason pick in Rachel Henderson, TSU hopes to return home from the first road-trip with its first win of the season.  

ABOUT STETSON: The Hatters return to the court after a 3-23, 2-12 campaign and was picked to finish the season seventh in the conference. Hao Jin, Stetson’s senior middle blocker was named ASUN’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The team boasts three newcomers, two freshmen and a junior college transfer.

ABOUT FAMU: The Rattlers welcome a new head coach in Gokhan Yilmaz after completing the 2017 season 15-12, 9-1 in the MEAC. The conference welcomed back two Preseason All-Star picks in libero Valentina Carrasco and outside hitter Maria Yvett Garcia. The team added four newcomers in the offseason – two transfers and two freshmen.

ABOUT FIU: The Panthers begin its season at home where the team went 2-7 last season. FIU finished the 2017 year with a 6-16, 4-10 conference record, with one of the losses coming from the Tigers. The team welcomes nine newcomers, six classifying as freshmen. However, its two offensive powers return in senior middle blocker Margherita Bianchin and sophomore setter Sasha Grigoreva.

ROAD WARRIORS: Miami is more than 900 miles from TSU’s campus in Nashville. It is the furthest distance TSU will travel this season. TSU’s schedule features 19 games away from Kean Hall, including 12 true road games and seven in neutral locations.

UP NEXT: The Tigers take the short trip to Chattanooga for the Chattanooga Classic Aug. 30-31. Big Blue will battle the Mocs, St. John’s and Grambling.

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