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September 14, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State231925171
Mercer252518253
TSUTeam StatsMercer
.174Hitting Pct..186
46Kills49
22Errors22
138Total Attacks145
44Assists45
2Aces5
61Digs60
7.0Blocks11.0
TSULeadersMercer
PIERSON - 14
KillsMajor - 13
LOLOTAI - 24
AssistsRandolph - 42
JORDAN - 1
WILLIAMS - 1
AcesGibson - 3
RIVERA ORTIZ - 28
DigsSmith - 16
HOLMES - 4
BlocksMorey - 6
TSU Falls to Mecer in Day Two of UNO Invite
Saturday, September 14, 2019
TSU Falls to Mecer in Day Two of UNO Invite

Box Score

NEW ORLEANS, La. --- Tennessee State lost to Mercer 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17) making Big Blue's overall record 5-6. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Julia Pierson led the match with 14 kills.
  • Gina Rivera-Ortiz had the match high of 28 digs. 
  • Teuila Lolotai led TSU in assists with 24.

SET ONE

  • Pierson and Aniya Williams started the Tigers off strong with two kills.
  • Mercer tied the set up but with her second kill Williams put TSU back on top.
  • The Bears seemed to keep finding it's way back to a tie but kills from Kariely Santana-Delgado, Pierson, Williams and Teuila Lolotai kept the Tigers strong.
  • An attack error on Khalia Jordan gave the Bears the lead, but Sofia Garcia-Guerrios tied it back up with her first kill.
  • The Tigers pulled ahead with kills from Williams and Pierson.
  • A TSU service error gave Mercer the lead.
  • Brittany Major with a kill won the first set for the Bears, 25-23.

SET TWO

  • Mercer came out swinging and scored with three kills.
  • The Tigers tried to stay in the set with a second kill from Santana-Delgado, but the Bears stayed dominate.
  • Kills from Roberta Todd and Annie Karle kept Mercer ahead.
  • The Bear's offense drilled TSU's defense and found the holes to give Mercer an eight-point lead.
  • Three kills from Big Blue's offense brought TSU back into the set. 
  • But a kill from Todd gave Mercer game point.
  • A service error on Williams gave set two to Mercer, 25-19.

SET THREE

  • Started off with a kill from Williams. 
  • But Mercer came right back with a kill from Major.
  • Kills flew back and forth over the net, which kept the game tied. 
  • An ace for Williams gave the Tigers a lead.
  • Two kills from Karle gave the Bears the lead but with a kill, Aria Holmes took the lead back for TSU.
  • Mercer fought hard to tie the set up, but two kills from Pierson sqaushed those attempts.
  • Pierson with two more kills and an attack error on Mercer won the set for Tennessee State, 25-18.

SET FOUR

  • After a good volley, Mercer took the lead with a kill by Jaida Howell.
  • Pierson with her 13th kill of the match tied up the set for TSU.
  • But, three kills in a row for the Bears gave Mercer the advantage.
  • Mercer with a six-point lead kept finding ways to run the score up against the Tigers.
  • TSU tried to stay in the set with a kill from Pierson but Mercer came back with a kill.
  • A service error on TSU gave the match to the Bears, 25-17.

MATCH NOTES

  • Tenneessee State's overall record is now 5-6.
  • TSU's record against Mercer is 1-4.

UP NEXT

Tennessee State will be back on the road headed to Florence, Ala. for a match against North Alabama. TSU hosted North Alabama earlier this season for an exhibition match and won 3-0. The game will take place Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Flowers Hall.

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