|October 31, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
NICHOLS - 4
NASHVILLE --- With packed stands and the sounds of the infamous Aristocrat of Bands in our ears, Tennessee State volleyball (7-20, 3-10 OVC) hosted the Belmont Bruins (12-13, 7-6 OVC) for the first-of-four home matches to close the season. In one fell swoop, the Tigers beat the Bruins 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-21), ending its seven-game losing streak.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Cherlie Adorno DeJesus paced Tiger defense with 16 digs to lead the match.
- Katora Roberts contributed five of the total nine Tiger blocks, putting her at 42 for the season.
- TSU held the Bruins to a .045 attack percentage.
- In a new rotation, Mine Centinoz saw the court the most she has all season and proved she was meant to be there by leading the Tigers in service aces with two.
SET BY SET
First Set: Tigers had first serve, and thanks to a block by freshman Maya Evans, Tigers had first point. Arianna Person, Belmont’s new all-time leading scorer in kills scored the second point of the match with the only way she knew how – a kill, that set up the Bruins to go on a 3-0 run. A ball handling error gave the Tigers the ball that was taken away by another Person kill. Tiger Senior Alexis Johnson, who started her fifth match of the season tonight, put down a kill for Big Blue that opened the flood gates for JUCO transfer Mine Cetinoz’s first service ace of the season. Bruins posted a .107 clip, only four digs and four blocks, Tigers outperforming Belmont with 13 kills, a service ace, 12 digs and two blocks. On a 3-0 run, Tigers won the set, 25-20.
Second Set: After a thrilling first set, Big Blue sustained the tempo scoring the first two points of the set. Henderson and Cetinoz helped TSU create a five-point gap, with Bruin errors helping the Tigers hit 25 points. Big Blue put down eleven kills, posting its match-high .176 attack percentage and two blocks. Tigers took set two, 25-22.
Third Set: TSU had a slow start to set three as the Bruins went up 3-0 with no response from Big Blue. A kill from Maya Evans finally put the Tigers on the board, and sparked a set packed with Tiger runs. TSU pulled away from the Bruins with a 7-0 run, then went on a 5-0 run where Henderson, Wilson and Maya Evans notched kills and Hayes an ace. Holding the Bruins to a .000 hitting percentage, the Tigers recorded 18 digs and five blocks. Katora Roberts closed the set with a kill, 25-21.
- TSU broke its seven game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Belmont.
- TSU improved its all-time record against the Bruins to 11-22.
- TSU is now 3-10 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
- Current Belmont Head Coach Tony Howell formerly served as assistant coach for TSU before moving on to Belmont.
TSU continues home play for its annual against SIUE this Saturday, Oct. 31 at noon.