|October 20, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
PIERSON - 2
BILBRUCK - 1
KUHLMANN - 1
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team swept the Southeast Missouri Redhawks 25-18, 25-19, 25-14, Saturday evening in the Houck Field House, breaking its four-match losing streak.
The Tigers improve to 8-13 overall, 6-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while Southeast Missouri drops to 14-9, 6-4 in the league.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- With 11 team blocks versus the Redhawks, Big Blue has recorded double-digit blocks in 11 of its matches this season. Freshman middle, Aria Holmes finished with a match-high six block assists. Hinalei Fihaki helped with five total blocks, four assists and one solo to surpass 75 blocks on the season.
- Rowlett, Texas native Julia Pierson recorded her 9th double-double of the season with the match-high 11 kills and 10 digs. Laken Te’o recorded her 13th with 29 assists and 10 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
A Pierson ace, Holmes kill, and Fihaki/Henderson block helped put TSU over SEMO, 7-3. Te’o utilized each of the Tigers’ offensive powers, spreading the nine kills of the set across five hitters. Tennessee State combined for four total blocks in the set, keeping SEMO to a .000 clip. Two service aces helped TSU to a 25-18 set one victory.
With a set under its belt, Big Blue kicked off the second with five uncontested points. From there, the Tiger put on a full press with offense led by Pierson, who finished the set with a .455 clip, five digs and a block, assisted by Henderson’s four kills and a block. An additional four team blocks held the Redhawks to eight kills, negated by its nine attack errors. Despite the backcourt improving, TSU’s hitters could not be stopped. The Tigers added the second set to its collection, 25-19.
The last set was a repeat of the first as TSU went up 7-3 at the start of the set. A kill by Fihaki kicked off a slew of Tiger kills and service aces that widened the gap to nine. TSU proceeded to put down 14 kills and finished the match with three blocks and a match-high 19 digs. Big Blue’s hitting percentage increased each set, finishing the match with a team, .245. Tennessee State sailed to its sweep of SEMO, 25-14.
- Freshman Micahlea Njie makes her third start as a Tiger. The Nashville native has played in a total 32 sets for Big Blue recording 29 digs and two aces.
- TSU improves to 6-44 in the all-time series against the Redhawks.
- Big Blue is now 4-7 in Saturday matches.
Tennessee State continues its road trip Tuesday evening to crosstown-rival Belmont. The Tigers take on the Bruins for the second time this season, this time in the Curb Event Center.