September 07, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
Tennessee State2221230
Northwestern St.2524243
TSUTeam StatsNW
.149Hitting Pct..235
36Kills40
19Errors13
114Total Attacks115
32Assists33
4Aces3
47Digs44
5.0Blocks1.0
TSULeadersNW
PIERSON - 10
KillsWarren - 13
LOLOTAI - 14
AssistsSutton - 16
GARCIA GUERRIOS - 2
AcesSeaton - 1
Hoang - 1
Warren - 1
RIVERA ORTIZ - 14
DigsLohmiller - 11
HOLMES - 3
BlocksWilliams - 1
Lee - 1
Tigers Fall to Northwestern State in Day Two of the Jaguar Invitational
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Tigers Fall to Northwestern State in Day Two of the Jaguar Invitational

Box Score 

MOBILE, Ala. --- Tennessee State split day one of the Jaguar Invitational, losing against South Alabama 3-2 and beating Mississippi Valley State 3-0. The last match for the Tigers was against the Demons of Northwestern State, who proved to be a challenge. TSU lost 3-0 to the Demons (25-22, 25-20, 25-23).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Julia Pierson lead the team with ten kills and had Aniya Williams closely behind with nine.
  • Gina Rivera-Ortiz led the match with 14 digs. 
  • Teuila Lolotai assisted the Tigers 14 times this match.

HOW IT HAPPENED

SET ONE

  • Kills from Julia Pierson, Aria Holmes, Khalia Jordan and Sofia Garcia-Guerrios and a block for Kendall Bullock gave the Tigers an early lead.
  • Northwestern State tried to find a way in with a kill from Darria Williams.
  • The Tigers offense stayed strong with a kill from Holmes and Jordan.
  • The Demons started to find a spot on the board with a kill from Alexis Warren and two errors on TSU.
  • A tied game due to an error on Kiara Hill, but a kill from Aniya Williams took the lead back for the Tigers.
  • But, with an error on Jordan the set goes to NSU, 25-22.

SET TWO

  • NSU came out strong offensively with five kills.
  • The Tigers tried to find its way back into the match with a kill from Kendall Bullock. 
  • But a kill from NSU's Williams gave Northwestern State a six-point lead.
  • Ending a six-point lead, Holmes notched another kill for her record.
  • Defensivly the Tigers came strong with a block assist from Pierson and Williams.
  • Northwestern State proved to be a challenge in this set, not letting up the lead.
  • Pierson with two kills in a row gave the Tiger's momentum to get back into the set. 
  • Desptie Big Blue's efforts, a kill from NSU's Hannah Brister won the set 25-20. 

SET THREE

  • Northwesten State's offense came out swinging, racking up four kills.
  • Bullock and Pierson kept the Tigers on the board with a kill for each.
  • Jordan with her fifth kill of the match kept TSU fighting while NSU pulled out another kill.
  • Williams and Pierson recorded more kills that kept Tennessee State in the game. 
  • Errors on Northwestern State kept TSU in the set, but Northwestern State kept it's six-point lead.
  • Pierson with her tenth kill of the match motivated the Tigers to dig deep. 
  • But with a kill from Alexis Warren, Northwestern won the final set 25-23.

MATCH NOTES

  • Tennessee State's record is now 3-4 overall.
  • Against NSU, Big Blue's record is 0-3.
  • Gina Rivera-Ortiz was named all tournament player, which is voted on by each coach at the Invitational.

UP NEXT

Tennessee State Tigers will host Evansville for Big Blue's High School night with a Meet and Greet after. Come out and support in Kean Hall at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10. 

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