August 31, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
New Mexico St.2525253
Tennessee State2220200
NMSUTeam StatsTSU
.183Hitting Pct..082
42Kills29
21Errors21
115Total Attacks97
38Assists25
7Aces4
42Digs41
10.0Blocks6.5
NMSULeadersTSU
Kelly - 11
KillsHOLMES - 6
FUQUA - 6
WILLIAMS - 6
Mikels - 19
AssistsGARCIA GUERRIOS - 6
LOLOTAI - 6
Kelly - 4
AcesLOLOTAI - 2
Razo - 11
DigsRIVERA ORTIZ - 14
Salanoa - 5
Mosher - 5
BlocksHOLMES - 3
BULLOCK - 3
Tennessee State Falls to New Mexico State
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Tennessee State Falls to New Mexico State

Box Score

AUBURN, Ala. --- The Tigers were coming off a high from beating Auburn and a loss against Butler on day one of the War Eagle Invitational. The final match of the Invitational was against New Mexico State at 11 a.m. on Aug. 31. New Mexico State won the match 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Aria Holmes, Jasmine Fuqua and Aniya Williams made offenseive impacts with six kills each to help the Tigers.
  • Gina Rivera-Ortiz makes her way to 600 career digs with 14 more added. Eight more and she will reach the huge milestone.

HOW IT HAPPENED

SET ONE- First point of the set was awarded to TSU with a kill from Kiara Hill. Kill from NMSU and an attack error on Tennessee State put New Mexico ahead. Kills from Jasmine Fuqua and Aria Holmes are keeping TSU in the game. The Tigers offense, with two more kills from Teuila Lolotai and Aniya Williams, tied up the set. New Mexico's offsense challenged TSU's defense, but the Tigers pushed back staying in the game. A block assist from Hill and Williams tied the set up again, the Tigers dug deep for this strength. Breaking through NMSU's offense with her third kill, Holmes and the Tigers started finding it's grove. Still behind and looking for a side out, Kariely Santana-Delgado kept the Tigers in play with her second kill of the set. An attack error on NMSU gave the Tigers a fighting chance, but New Meixco took the first set 25-22.

SET TWO- A kill from Fuqua, a block assist from Kendall Bullock and Williams and an error on NMSU put Tennessee State on the board early. Staying on top with an attack error by NMSU and another kill for Kiara Hill, the Tigers racked up the points. NMSU fought back with a kill from Megan Hart and a solid New Mexico block tied the set up, but an attack error put the Tigers back on top. With a kill for Ashley Anselmo and an attack error on Williams, NMSU passed TSU up on the board. Amiyah King tied up the game with an ace for TSU. NMSU's offense stayed strong and sailed ahead, taking the second set 25-20. 

SET THREE- NMSU came out hungry for points, racking up a 4 point lead before TSU could get on the board with a kill from Santana-Delgado. Fuqua with her third kill of the match keeps TSU right behind NMSU, an ace from Gina Rivera-Ortiz tied the set. With points flying back and forth over the net, the Tigers fell to trail by four. New Mexico State's offense racked up an eight point lead before TSU's Holmes and Fuqua scored with kills. The Tigers were relentless, hustling hard to the ball to stay in this set. Despite the Tigers efforts and a tough NMSU offense, New Mexico State took the third set 25-20. 

MATCH NOTES

  • This match makes TSU's record against NMSU 0-1.
  • Tennessee State's overall record for the 2019 season is 1-2.
  • Gina Rivera-Ortiz and Aniyah Williams were named All-Tournament team members, which was chosen by a vote from each head coach in the Invitational. 

UP NEXT

Tennessee State will host Chattanooga in Kean Hall on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. 

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