|October 23, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
PIERSON - 12
WARRIOR - 1
KELLEY - 1
NICHOLS - 5
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State volleyball team fell to the Belmont Bruins Tuesday evening in the Curb Event Center in five, 17-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-9.
The Bruins improved to 3-20, 3-8 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while the Tiger dropped to 8-14, 6-5 in the league.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Three Tigers posted double-doubles: Julia Pierson registered her 10th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 14 digs; Laken Te’o registered her 14th with 40 assists and 10 digs; Rachel Henderson registered her fifth with 12 kills and 10 digs.
- For the second match in-a-row freshman Aria Holmes finished with the team-high blocks, with six.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Tigers’ slow start due to errors put them four points behind the Bruins, 7-3. JoJo Kruize had a long stay at the service line, helping the Tigers set up a six-point run punctuated by an ace to put Big Blue back on top. Laken Te’o utilized each of her hitters with Kruize, Julia Pierson and Hinalei Fihaki each registering four kills with zero errors in the set. The team hit for a .400, combined for three blocks and 15 digs. Big Blue took set one, 25-17.
Four-point run followed by four-point run, TSU and BU were tied to start the second set. The Tigers had a repeat of set one, spreading the offense, holding down the backcourt and finishing attacks with great accuracy, leading the team to a second set victory, 25-20.
Belmont began the set with nine uncontested points. TSU answered with eight of its own. Belmont held on to the lead for much of the set, before a Rachel Henderson kill put the Tigers up 18-17. BU’s defense could not be stopped as the Bruins put down six blocks and registered 22 digs in the set, leading Belmont to its first set win, 25-22.
Tennessee State’s powerful offense began to decline, as the Bruins’ began to pick up. BU’s hitting clip steadily increased across sets, while TSU’s did the opposite. Belmont followed through from set three, taking the fourth, 25-20, to force a fifth.
Big Blue has struggled with the fifth set all season, and could not outrun the conference foe in the Curb with Bruins’ fans chants increasing as BU went up 11-4 on the Tigers. A late push helped TSU to nine-points in the set as Belmont finished its second five-set upset, 15-9.
- The Bruins improve to 12-23 in the all-time series against Big Blue.
- TSU is 0-7 when going to five sets.
Big Blue heads to SIUE to end its road trip Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.