|November 03, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
STEELE - 2
HUMPHREY - 2
RIVERA ORTIZ - 17
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Tigers closed its home schedule falling to the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 3-1 (26-28, 25-19, 25-22, 25-19), Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall. The Tigers celebrated Senior Night, recognizing sole senior Rachel Henderson and her contributions to the program.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Henderson finished the afternoon leading the Tigers in kills with 14.
- Julia Pierson registered her 11th double-double of the season with 13 kills and tying for the team-high 17 digs.
- Freshman Kristian Marshall recorded her season-high 24 assists leading the Tigers as its primary setter on senior day.
- Aria Holmes led the match in blocks with six, adding six kills to her stat line.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Tigers went on a five-point run to start the match. Henderson had connected with Te'o and Marshall for five kills, while Pierson summed four, but led the Tigers in digs with seven. Gamecock Sadie Anderton hit the service line for two aces on the Tigers, adding four kills and four digs to help JSU push past the Tigers for much of the set. Big Blue's energy picked up late in the set with Marshall utilizing each of her offensive powers to win the set in extra points, 28-26.
Marshall kicked off the set's first four-point run with an ace, setting the tone for much of the match. Big Blue led for the first half of the set, leading by as much as seven. Late in the set, the Gamecocks offense resurged in large part to its lack of errors. JSU committed only three errors in the set, compared to TSU's six. Jacksonville State finished the set, 25-19.
Big Blue's hitting accuracy declined after the second set, hurting the numbers the team put up defensively. Holmes put together four blocks in the third set, followed by one in the final. Tennessee State outpaced the Gamecock defense, but the connection JSU's setter Libs had with its hitters closed out each of the final sets, 25-22 and 25-19, respectively.
- JSU improved to 11-24 in the all-time series against TSU.
- Freshman setter, Kristian Marshall registered 24 assists in her first match leading the Tigers in assists.
- The Tennessee State volleyball team honored senior Rachel Henderson for its annual Senior Night.
Big Blue closes out the regular season with matches at Eastern Kentucky, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. and Morehead State, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.