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KELLEY - 2
- 17||Digs||RIVERA ORTIZ
PIERSON - 5
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team rallied for a five-set win over crosstown rival Belmont 3-2 (25-15, 25-20, 20-25, 13-25, 15-13), in its conference home opener.
Julia Pierson, the sole four-year senior on the team posted her 1,000th career kill in the first set, helping the Tigers go up two sets on the Bruins before Hallee Van Poppel and Mary Catherine Ball combined for 41 kills to bring the Tigers' momentum to a halt.
Coach Donika Sutton used the depth of four TSU setters to move the ball to all seven hitters, lifting Big Blue to a victory. Tennessee State volleyball is now 2-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Julia Pierson hit her career milestone of 1,000 kills by leading the team with 14 kills tonight.
- Teuila Lolotai led the team with 21 assists.
- Gina Rivera-Ortiz led the match with 31 digs.
- Jasmine Fuqua and Aniya Williams started off strong with a kill a piece, giving the Tigers an early lead.
- The Bruins stayed in the match with kills from Halee Von Poppel and Mackenzie Harless.
- Pierson with her 1,000th kill of her career took Big Blue to a 10-point lead.
- Belmont tried to stay in the set, but Tennessee State was a powerhouse.
- At set point Pierson scorched one into the Bruins defense and won the set 25-15.
- Two errors on the Bruins and an ace for Teuila Lolotai gave TSU an early lead.
- But, a Tennessee State error and a kill for Belmont gave the Bruins an in to tie the set.
- Belmont took the lead for the first time with an attack error on Williams and Pierson notched another.
- An attack error on Kailee Bass allowed the Tigers to tie up the set.
- Pierson with her eighth kill of the match took the lead back for Big Blue.
- Trailing by four, the Bruins tried to block the Tigers advancement with no success.
- Holmes, Pierson and Fuqua kept drilling shots into the Bruin's defense, taking the Tigers to a seven-point lead.
- With a block assist from Kariely Santana-Delgado and Pierson, they sealed the set win for TSU, 25-20.
- The Tigers started off with an early lead but an attack error on Pierson tied the set.
- Belmont took on a five-point lead and did not let up.
- But a kill from Amiyah King started the comeback for the Tigers.
- Williams with a huge kill into the Bruin's side tied the set up for Big Blue.
- The Bruins took back the lead with a kill from Von Poppel.
- On a four-point run due to errors on TSU, the Bruins coud not keep the Tigers contained.
- A kill from Holmes brought the Tigers back into the set.
- The Bruins kept it's lead, making it hard for Big Blue to come back.
- But Tennessee State never let up, kills from Pierson and Santana-Delgado kept TSU alive.
- Belmont stayed on top and with an attack error on Pierson, the Bruins took the set 20-25.
- Both teams came out strong and kept the set neck and neck until Holmes came in with two kills for TSU.
- Tennessee State's defense was challenged and the Bruins advanced to take the lead.
- The Tigers let the Bruins find holes in it's defense and allowed Belmont a nine-point run.
- A service error on Belmont stopped the Bruins advancement but not for long, another attack error on TSU kept the Bruins ahead.
- Ball with a kill for the Bruins gave the set to Belmont, 13-25.
- Khalia Jordan started out the set with a kill for the Tigers.
- Williams with her 10th kill of the match pulled TSU to an early lead.
- A service error on Tennessee State allowed the set to be tied up.
- The Bruins tried to take the lead but Holmes and Williams blocked it's attempt.
- The set stayed tied with kills flying over the net for both teams.
- Tennessee State took the lead back only to tie it with a service error on Lolotai.
- The Tigers took a two-point lead with kills from Williams and Jordan.
- Williams drilled a hole into the Bruin's defense taking the Tigers closer to a match victory.
- Fuqua's tenth kill gave TSU match point.
- Pierson won the match for the Tigers with her 14th kill of the match, 15-13.
- Julia Pierson hit her career high milestone of 1,000 kills.
- The Tigers now sit at a 9-7 record with an OVC record of 2-1.
- The Bruins lead the all-time series 12-22.
Tennessee State volleyball will host SIUE in Kean Hall this Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.