August 24, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Stetson252325253
Tennessee State222512231
STETTeam StatsTSU
.208Hitting Pct..192
53Kills53
21Errors21
154Total Attacks167
46Assists50
6Aces5
81Digs71
3.0Blocks8.0
STETLeadersTSU
DEISA - 21
KillsPIERSON - 18
IVANOVA - 35
AssistsTE'O - 45
SPENCE - 3
AcesPIERSON - 2
SPENCE - 22
DigsRIVERA ORTIZ - 16
SCHMID - 2
BlocksHENDERSON - 4
August 24, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
FAMU252325231
Tennessee State272522253
FAMUTeam StatsTSU
.148Hitting Pct..185
47Kills55
23Errors24
162Total Attacks168
45Assists52
8Aces8
83Digs79
6.0Blocks4.0
FAMULeadersTSU
GARCIA - 13
KillsPIERSON - 15
NURKAN - 21
AssistsTE'O - 39
GARCIA - 3
CARRASCO - 3
AcesRIVERA ORTIZ - 3
CARRASCO - 25
DigsRIVERA ORTIZ - 24
KOCABIYIK - 5
BlocksHENDERSON - 3
Tiger Volleyball Splits Day One at the FIU Kickoff
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Tiger Volleyball Splits Day One at the FIU Kickoff

TSU v STETSON BOX SCORE | TSU v FAMU BOX SCORE

MIAMI --- The Tennessee State volleyball team opened the season 1-1 with a 3-1 loss (25-22, 23-25, 25-12, 25-23) to Stetson in the first match at the FIU Kickoff, followed by a 3-1 win (27-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23) over FAMU just hours later.

TSU versus Stetson

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Senior Rachel Henderson recorded her first double-double as a Tiger with 15 kills and 15 digs.
  • Rowlett, Texas native Julia Pierson produced for Big Blue posting 21.5 points with team-high 18 kills three blocks and two service aces. Pierson recorded her 500th career kill.
  • Freshman Aria Holmes registered 8 kills on 14 attacks averaging a team-high .429 hitting percentage.
  • Laken Te’o dished out 45 assists and 12 digs posting a double-double in her first match as a Tiger.

SET BY SET

First Set: Big Blue won the toss giving Te’o first serve. The Hatters took the first point followed by a kill down the line by Rachel Henderson. The set was filled with long rallies, both teams aggressive offensively and defensively. A kill creating a five-point lead for the Hatters forced Coach Sutton to call a timeout. The break helped Aria Holmes come back to score her first collegiate kill. Down by three, Fihaki and Kruize rejected a dump from Stetson setter Leipold. Errors at the service line and at the net hurt the team in the middle of the set. Despite a comeback Stetson clinched the set 25-22 due to a TSU service error.

Second Set: Henderson scores first point for Big Blue. After a delay of game due to scoreboard difficulties, Julia Pierson and Aria Holmes put down kills for the Tigers, giving TSU the first lead of the match. Play was point-for-point, teams tying the scores 10 times in the second set with five lead changes. Pierson scored her 500th career dig, helping the Tigers with eight kills this set alone hitting a .389. Tigers close out the set, 25-23.

Third Set: Stetson’s accuracy at the net hurt the Tigers in set three, allowing the Hatters to create a six-point-gap early in the set. Holmes and Pierson were the only two in blue and white to put down kills. Stetson out-played the Tigers hitting a .481 versus a .118, posting 13 kills versus 11, 3 aces versus 1 and 2 blocks versus none. Stetson wins set three, 25-12.

Fourth Set:  The Tigers take the first point of the set and create as much as a four-point lead before the Hatters tie it at 14 with a kill by powerhouse hitter Eva Deisa. The teams tied seven times with three lead changes. Both teams had 26 digs in the set and while TSU hit .224 (14-3-49), Stetson’s 16 kills, and 3 service aces pushed them to the 25-23 set and match win.

MATCH NOTES

  • The Tigers are now 1-1 in the series versus the Hatters. The last meeting between the teams resulted in a 3-1 TSU victory at a tournament hosted by ASU at the beginning of the 2012 season.
  • Julia Pierson posted her 500th career kill and Rachel Henderson her first career double-double.
  • The team registered eight blocks, led by Rachel Henderson with three solo and an assist.

TSU versus FAMU

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Pierson, Kruize and Henderson recorded double-digit kills, with Pierson and Kruize hitting above a .300.
  • Laken Te’o posted her second double-double with 39 assists and 14 digs.
  • Three Tigers registered double-digit digs, Laken Te’o (14), Gina Rivera Ortiz (24) and Kylie Hayes (10).
  • TSU served eight aces led by freshman Gina Rivera Ortiz with 3.

SET BY SET

First Set: FAMU had the first serve and scored the first point in set one. Kruize came up from behind to score the first point for TSU with a powerful cross-court kill. The match was filled with long rallies and tied scores, but the Tigers took the lead and ran. JUCO transfers Kruize and Khalia Jordan registered above .300 hitting percentages in the set, helping the Tigers take it in extra points, 27-25.

Second Set:  Holmes started set two with a kill assisted by fellow freshman Rivera Ortiz, giving way to Henderson and Kruize to continue the pressure at the net. The Tigers had three-and-four-point runs throughout the set, putting the pressure on A&M. The Lady Rattlers answered with its own pushes at the net – registering 13 kills opposed to the Tigers’ 12. At the end of the set, the Tigers gave away a few points with errors and a rejected kill, but a kill by Te’o finished off set two, 25-23.

Third Set: The energy on the Tigers side of the net had a sharp decline in the third set, helping the Lady Rattlers late in the set. FAMU scored four blocks, three aces and 11 kills in the set, taking advantage of the energy drain. Juniors Kruize and Pierson helped the blue and white registering four kills a piece, while Rivera Ortiz and Hayes held down the backcourt combining for 14 digs. Late in the set, FAMU took a lead over TSU thanks to a service error and continued to pick up steam at the net, putting down three kills in-a-row and ending the match 25-22 with one to the right side.

Fourth set: After set break, the Tigers stepped back on the court with a renewed energy, going on a four-point run to start the set. Henderson put down six kills and a block, the team held the Lady Rattlers to a .049 hitting percentage. Pierson hit a .500 on four kills, and the Tigers pushed for an amazing comeback to clinch their first win of the season 25-23.

MATCH NOTES

  • Laken Te’o registered her second double-double of the season.
  • The Tigers defeat FAMU, 3-1 in its first meeting since 1995. The series sits at 1-2.
  • This marks TSU’s first victory since the team beat Belmont Oct. 31, 2017 at home, snapping a four-game slump.

UP NEXT

Big Blue continues play at the FIU Kickoff against hosts Florida International Saturday morning at 10 a.m. EST.

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