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MAY - 2
Game 12: Tennessee State (3-8, 1-0 OVC) vs. Eastern Illinois (5-10, 1-0 OVC)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Arena: Kean Hall
Time: 12 p.m. CST
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
QUICK HITTERS: Tennessee State volleyball continues its Ohio Valley Conference schedule as it hosts Eastern Illinois in a Saturday afternoon match in Kean Hall.
The Tigers are 10-25 in the all-time series against the Panthers. The last meeting between TSU and EIU concluded in a four-set loss at Eastern Illinois to a crowd of 225. TSU looks to get back on top as the Tigers had beat the Panthers for three straight seasons prior.
TSU UPDATE: Big Blue hosted crosstown-rival Belmont in its home and conference opener Tuesday night. The Tigers defeated the Bruins 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-14) to a packed Kean Hall. TSU handed Belmont its 13th loss of the season. TSU posted more than 50 kills for the fifth time this season, combining for 51 as a team, led by senior Rachel Henderson with 15 and Julia Pierson with 14. The team tied for its season-high aces, serving eight against the Bruins, and Laken Te’o registered her seventh double-double of the season with 44 assists and 12 digs.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: The Panthers kicked off OVC play against SIUE this Wednesday and swept the Cougars at home. EIU sits on a 5-10 overall record with Laurel Bailey leading the team’s 6-2 offense, ranking fifth in the league in kills, while defensive specialist Anne Hughes leads the OVC in digs per set.
FROM COACH SUTTON: “It’s surprising to hear [we’re one win away from 250 program wins], I think it’s a great accomplishment. But, I’m focused on us trying to stay on the road we’re on. I want the team to stay strong and stay focused, and for us to continue to stay locked in for conference play.”
UPCOMING MILESTONES: The Tigers are one match away from the program’s 250th win.
UP NEXT: TSU hits the road for its first Ohio Valley Conference match away from Kean Hall. The Tigers stop at Jacksonville State for a Friday night match, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., then road trip it back to Cookeville, Tenn. for a match at Tennessee Tech Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.