|November 15, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
GERIG - 11
STUCKER - 4
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team closed out its season with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-14) loss to No. 1 Austin Peay in round one of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, Thursday evening at the Winfield Dunn Center.
The blue and white finished the 2018 season 9-19 overall, 7-10 OVC.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Julia Pierson led the Tigers in kills with 15, recording only three errors to hit for a .316.
- Senior Henderson led the Tigers in digs for the first time in her career with 10.
- Austin Peay outpaced Tennessee State in each category, registering 40 kills on a .290 hitting clip, 35 assists, seven aces, 52 digs and nine blocks. TSU closed out the match with 32 kills on a .080 clips, 32 assists, two aces and four blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Tigers and Govs went point-for-point to kick off the match, tying six times. An even-tempered Tennessee State team flowed through each point with confidence. The final tied score was early at eight as APSU began to pull away. Tigers used its first timeout, down 12-8. Austin Peay returned from the break to go on a 9-0 run before Laken Te’o set Pierson for a Tiger kill to move Big Blue into double digits. The Govs finished the set on a final four-point run, 25-15.
Repeating point-for-point action at the start of set two, the teams tied the score five times. The Tigers make multiple errors helping Austin Peay create a small four-point lead. The Tigers fought back to close the gap to just one. Kruize, Pierson and Holmes combine for kills to help the score to 18, while Austin Peay finishes with set on an error, 25-18.
Rachel Henderson and Julia Pierson closed the last set producing eleven kills on zero errors, helping the Tigers produce its highest attack percentage on the night, .171. However, the Govs continued its momentum spreading its offense to back-row attacks, and completing another three blocks to take the set and the match, 25-14.
- This serves as the Tigers’ first trip to the postseason tournament under head coach Donika Sutton.
- The last time Tennessee State played in the postseason was 2015 when the Tigers took on Austin Peay in the first round at Murray State. TSU fell to the Govs in four.
- TSU’s tournament OVC tournament record drops to 6-18.
This marks the end of the Tiger volleyball season for Tennessee State.