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September 27, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State252722273
Eastern Kentucky222525251
TSUTeam StatsEKU
.138Hitting Pct..076
167Total Attacks198
KillsAbby Noll - 19
AssistsRachel Woody - 31
AcesRaegan Alexander - 1
Rachel Woody - 1
Clairissa Hankinson - 1
Mikayla Logan - 1
DigsDena Tekavec - 27
BlocksKat Caserma-Kloeble - 4
TSU Rallies in the Fourth to Win OVC Opener
Friday, September 27, 2019
TSU Rallies in the Fourth to Win OVC Opener

RICHMOND, Ky. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team used a strong fourth-set finish that was fueled by an 8-1 rally to claim a 3-1 victory over Eastern Kentucky Friday night in McBrayer Arena.

Tennessee State won the first two sets before dropping the third set to EKU. After falling behind, 24-19, in the fourth stanza, the Tigers found themselves one point away from heading to a fifth and deciding set. TSU charged back to stun the home crowd and seal the 3-1 victory.

Julia Pierson led TSU with 17 kills while Gina Rivera-Ortiz paced the Tiger defense with 26 digs.

Box Score


  • Julia Pierson led the Tiger's offense with 17 kills.
  • Kristian Marshall and Sofia Garcia-Guerrios tied for 17 assists a piece.
  • Aria Holmes added four blocks to her record.
  • Gina Rivera-Ortiz led Big Blue with 26 digs.


  • A good volley between the two teams started off the set with kills from Pierson and Jasmine Fuqua.
  • A kill for Pierson and one from Kariely Santana-Delgado gave the Tigers a five-point lead.
  • Two attack errors on TSU gave Eastern Kentucky a way back into the set.
  • But, Pierson squashed that attempt with a kill to keep the Tiger's lead.
  • EKU tried to stay in the set but Tennessee State proved strong with kills from Aniya Williams and Pierson.
  • An attack error on the Colonels gave TSU the set, 25-22.


  • The set started out with a kill from Khalia Jordan but EKU fired back with it's own. 
  • Kaylin Johnson and Jordan went back and forth with kills over the net. 
  • Eastern Kentucky took the lead with two errors on the Tigers.
  • But TSU tied it up with a kill from Pierson.
  • EKU took the lead once again, Williams tried to keep Big Blue in the set with her third kill of the match.
  • Two kills from Holmes pulled TSU on top. 
  • Eastern Kentucky fought back with another kill from Johnson.
  • An attack error on Fuqua tied the set up.
  • After a Tennessee State timeout, Jordan with a kill gave TSU set point. 
  • But a bad set on Pierson tied the set 24-24.
  • EKU did not go down without a fight but the Tigers stayed strong and won the match, 27-25. 


  • An ace for Garcia-Guerrios started the match off for TSU.
  • Kills for Fuqua, Jordan, Pierson and Holmes kept TSU in the match. 
  • EKU's Adria Hartley with her second kill of the match kept Eastern Kentucky on the board.
  • Tennessee State stayed on top with errors made by the Colonels.
  • A bad set on Amiyah King gave EKU the lead. 
  • Kendall Bullock with a kill tied the set up for the Tigers.
  • EKU took the lead with a kill and an attack error on Tennessee State.
  • Kills for Pierson and Fuqua kept the Tigers in the set.
  • Attack error on EKU gave Big Blue the lead. 
  • A kill from Rachel Woody gave Eastern Kentucky the lead back and another kill for EKU gave the Colonels the set, 25-22.


  • Jordan with two kills gave an early lead to TSU.
  • Two kills for EKU gave the Colonels a two-point advantage.
  • Kills for Eastern Kentucky and an attack error on Tennessee State kept EKU ahead.
  • Pierson with her 14th kill of the match tried to keep Big Blue in the set.
  • A kill from Teuila Lolotai and an attack error on the Colonels kept the Tigers on the board.
  • Santana-Delgado and Pierson kept TSU in the set with kills.
  • An attack error on Tennessee State gave EKU set point.
  • Jordan with two kills tied the set 24-24.
  • Block assist for Fuqua and King gave TSU match point and an attack error on EKU gave Tennessee State the win, 27-25.


  • Tennessee State's overall record is now 8-6.
  • Winning this match made TSU's conference record 1-0.
  • Big Blue's record against EKU is now 14-54.
  • Aniya Williams received her 100th kill of the season during set one.


Tennessee State will travel to Morehead, Ky. to compete against Morehead State Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.