|September 07, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Stephen F. Austin
TE'O - 1
KRUIZE - 1
PIERSON - 1
HAYES - 1
NACOGDOCHES, Texas --- Tennessee State volleyball completes day one at the SFA Invitational with a 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-15, 25-16) loss to the hosts Stephen F. Austin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Julia Pierson led the offense with 16 kills on a .289 attack percentage.
- Five Tigers stepped up at the service line and recorded aces for Big Blue – Pierson, Kruize, Te’o, Hayes and Henderson.
- The Ladyjacks finished with 58 kills on a .384 hitting percentage with 10.5 blocks and 64 digs.
- Khalia Jordan tied for her career-high kills, 7. She posted seven against UNC-Asheville on Sept. 1.
- Laken Te’o tied for her career-high blocks, 3. The setter of Laie, Hawaii posted the same against Florida International in the opening tournament of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Outside hitter of San Diego Khalia Jordan opened the match with a cross-court kill. Senior Rachel Henderson followed with a tip behind the block. After going up 3-1, the Ladyjacks picked up steam and went on a six-point run, taking a seven-point lead and running to 25 while TSU was left at 15.
The Tigers answered a tough set one, with a defensive push in set two. The backcourt dug up a match-high 20 balls, Kruize and Henderson went up for a shared block and the team served three aces while hitting .190. TSU won set two 25-21.
In set three, the Ladyjacks’ offense stepped up as they put down 19 kills with only two errors. Te’o made use of all hitters, with six Tigers registering at least one kill in set three – Pierson leading the way with five.
SFA closed the last two sets leading throughout leaving room for zero tied scores or lead changes.
- TSU is now 1-6 on the season, while the Ladyjacks improve to 6-2.
- TSU is now 0-3 in the all-time series against SFA.
- SFA won the coin toss and chose to serve first.
The Tigers continue play at the SFA Invitational Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. versus St. John’s, and -complete the day against the Tigers of Grambling State at 2:30 p.m.