|September 01, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|A. Rivera Modesto
WILSON - 3
|September 01, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
Kaitlyn Grice - 1
Andrea Nava - 1
Brianna Vega - 1
Lane Hindenburg - 1
HAYES - 2
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigers swept day one of the Tiger Invitational beating Alcorn State 3-0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-14) and New Orleans 3-2 (25-14, 21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11).
The Tigers entered the Tiger Invitational with a 1-2 record and has now improved their overall record to 3-3. Its series records against Alcorn State and New Orleans have improved to 3-0 and 1-4, respectively.
Senior setter Samantha Beltran recorded her first double-double of the season with 43 assists and 17 digs, while sophomore outside hitter and Preseason All-OVC pick Julia Pierson recorded a new career-high in kills with 20 – both against the Privateers.
MATCH 1 – ALCORN STATE LADY BRAVES
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Leading the offense were freshman middle blocker Maya Evans who recorded a .667 hitting percentage and Julia Pierson who completed 11 kills and one ace putting 12 points on the board for Tennessee State.
- The Tigers held the lead in all three sets, never letting the Lady Braves surpass their efforts.
- TSU recorded 42 digs, led by libero Cherlie Adorno DeJesus (12), Curstyn Wilson (8) and Kylie Hayes (8). Alcorn State recorded only 24.
SET BY SET
First Set: The Tigers dominated in set one defeating the Lady Braves with a .480 hitting percentage and match high 19 digs as a team. TSU went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the set, and continued with a 10-0 run leaving the Lady Braves with only 8 points in set one.
Second Set: In a back-and –fourth set, the Tigers let Alcorn State match them in kills, but defended more of their attacks helping TSU defeat the Lady Braves 25-18 in set two.
Third Set: Tennessee State entered the third set with a vengeance, wanting to end the match in three sets. The team finished the final set with a .444 hitting percentage and 13 digs. The Tigers rounded out the match with a 25-14 set.
- Tigers improved to 3-0 in the all-time series against Alcorn State.
- The win against the Lady Braves was the first home win for Head Coach Donika Sutton.
MATCH 2 – NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Senior setter Sam Beltran recorded a double-double with 43 assists and 17 digs.
- Rachel Henderson and Julia Pierson finished the match with a combined 34 kills, more than half of the total kills against New Orleans. Pierson recorded 20 kills, her season high.
- Cherlie Adorno DeJesus finished the match with the most digs between both teams (23).
SET BY SET
First Set: Running seems to be the Tigers specialty as Tennessee State went on a 9-0 run against the Privateers in the first set. With three kills and a block from Rachel Henderson, and a set finishing kill by Alexis Johnson , TSU defeated New Orleans in set one 25-14.
Second Set: TSU let New Orleans run their most powerful offense during the second set as they recorded 17 kills, eight of them from Blessing Dunn. The team fought to defend the Privateers advances by recording 18 digs, led by Cherlie Adorno DeJesus. The Tigers could not return all Privateer attacks and fell to the Privateers 25-21.
Third Set: The Tigers fell behind early, letting New Orleans take an 11-3 lead. The Privateers outplayed Tennessee State in every statistical category, leaving the Tigers to fall in set three 25-14.
Fourth Set: After a hard third set, the Tigers took the first point of the fourth set and continued to lead the entire match with 17 kills, despite New Orleans putting up 8 total blocks in one set. The Tigers finished the set 25-22 to push the match to five sets.
Fifth Set: Rachel Henderson dominated in the final set with 3 kills, a block and an assist. The Tigers beat the Privateers 15-11 with a service ace from Curstyn Wilson.
- Tigers snapped the 0-5 losing streak against New Orleans. TSU is now 1-5 in the all-time series against the Privateers.
- Privateers Head Coach Millicent Van Norden coached Tennessee State Head Coach Donika Sutton at Alcorn State.
The Tigers take on Florida International tomorrow, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m. on day two of the Tiger Invitational in Kean Hall.