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NASHVILLE --- In its fifth five-set match of the season, the Tiger volleyball team fell 3-2 to Murray State (20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 15-11).
The Tigers are now 5-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while Murray State improves to 4-3 in conference play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Senior Rachel Henderson recorded her career-high 22 kills.
- Setter Laken Te’o registers 49 assists to set new career-high, and a double-double with 12 digs.
- Freshman libero surpasses previous career-high 30 digs with 37.
- Julia Pierson improves to six double-doubles on the season with 16 kills and a career-high 20 digs.
- The Tigers doubled Murray State’s blocks with 14 total team blocks, led by Hinalei Fihaki with eight, who also posted her career-high kills, 11.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Tennessee State started slow as Murray State went up 4-0 early in the first set. A set from Te’o to Henderson ended the streak and kicked the Tigers into gear. TSU finished the set with ten team kills, two aces, 18 digs, two blocks from Jordan and Fihaki, and a win under its belt, 25-20.
Murray State answered with three blocks and 22 digs, halting the Tiger offense to a .089 attack percentage. Te’o connected with Henderson for seven more kills to help Big Blue push for the set win, but Rachel Holthaus’s accuracy helped the Racers to its first set, 25-22.
Big Blue returned defensively in the third set as the team combined for seven total blocks, led by Fihaki with four. Pierson held down the backcourt with seven digs, followed closely by Te’o with six and Rivera Ortiz with five. Combined with an effective offensive run, the Tigers defeated the Racers, 25-23.
Stat-wise, the Tigers out-played MSU in the fourth set. TSU recorded a match-high .227 attack percentage, 20 digs and two blocks. However, Murray State’s two aces from libero Becca Fernandez and middle-blocker Kolby McClelland put the Racers over the top, 25-22.
Entering the final set, the teams battled point-for-point before the Racers ran – for six-straight points. Pierson answered with two kills, but MSU outlasted Big Blue’s efforts finishing off the set, 15-11.
- Five Tigers set new career-highs in the match versus Murray State.
- Murray State improves to 10-48 in the all-time series against Tennessee State.
- The team honored fellow Tiger Christion Abercrombie, who sustained an injury at last weekend's football game versus Vanderbilt and remains in critical condition, at the start of the match.
The Tigers end its home stand hosting conference-leaders Austin Peay tomorrow, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. in Kean Hall.