|September 07, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Hoang - 1
Warren - 1
Lee - 1
MOBILE, Ala. --- Tennessee State split day one of the Jaguar Invitational, losing against South Alabama 3-2 and beating Mississippi Valley State 3-0. The last match for the Tigers was against the Demons of Northwestern State, who proved to be a challenge. TSU lost 3-0 to the Demons (25-22, 25-20, 25-23).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Julia Pierson lead the team with ten kills and had Aniya Williams closely behind with nine.
- Gina Rivera-Ortiz led the match with 14 digs.
- Teuila Lolotai assisted the Tigers 14 times this match.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kills from Julia Pierson, Aria Holmes, Khalia Jordan and Sofia Garcia-Guerrios and a block for Kendall Bullock gave the Tigers an early lead.
- Northwestern State tried to find a way in with a kill from Darria Williams.
- The Tigers offense stayed strong with a kill from Holmes and Jordan.
- The Demons started to find a spot on the board with a kill from Alexis Warren and two errors on TSU.
- A tied game due to an error on Kiara Hill, but a kill from Aniya Williams took the lead back for the Tigers.
- But, with an error on Jordan the set goes to NSU, 25-22.
- NSU came out strong offensively with five kills.
- The Tigers tried to find its way back into the match with a kill from Kendall Bullock.
- But a kill from NSU's Williams gave Northwestern State a six-point lead.
- Ending a six-point lead, Holmes notched another kill for her record.
- Defensivly the Tigers came strong with a block assist from Pierson and Williams.
- Northwestern State proved to be a challenge in this set, not letting up the lead.
- Pierson with two kills in a row gave the Tiger's momentum to get back into the set.
- Desptie Big Blue's efforts, a kill from NSU's Hannah Brister won the set 25-20.
- Northwesten State's offense came out swinging, racking up four kills.
- Bullock and Pierson kept the Tigers on the board with a kill for each.
- Jordan with her fifth kill of the match kept TSU fighting while NSU pulled out another kill.
- Williams and Pierson recorded more kills that kept Tennessee State in the game.
- Errors on Northwestern State kept TSU in the set, but Northwestern State kept it's six-point lead.
- Pierson with her tenth kill of the match motivated the Tigers to dig deep.
- But with a kill from Alexis Warren, Northwestern won the final set 25-23.
- Tennessee State's record is now 3-4 overall.
- Against NSU, Big Blue's record is 0-3.
- Gina Rivera-Ortiz was named all tournament player, which is voted on by each coach at the Invitational.
Tennessee State Tigers will host Evansville for Big Blue's High School night with a Meet and Greet after. Come out and support in Kean Hall at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10.