Courtesy of Tennessee State Athletics:
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — The Tennessee State volleyball team racked up 13 blocks in a three-set (24-26, 22-25, 22-25) loss to the Southeast Missouri Redhawks Friday on the road at Houck Field House.
The Tigers had big leads in the first two sets but couldn’t hold off rallies by SEMO. In the first set, they were up 21-16 and 13-7 in the second set.
“The proof is in the end result. We haven’t learned how to finish,” said head coach Donika Sutton, “Starting both matches up and not closing out is a tough lesson to learn. We lost momentum and our rhythm in the process. The goal is to come back tomorrow to play a complete match.”
Celestial Miller finished with 10 kills on the day to lead the Tiger attack. Defensively, had two players reach double figures in digs as Gina Rivera-Ortiz had 21 and Carla Boudal had 10. From the front row, Gabrielle Johnson contributed eight blocks and Johanna Alcantara added five rejections.
The loss dropped Tennessee State’s record to 6-9 overall and 0-2 in OVC action.
How It Happened
SET 1 | The Tigers dropped a tight first set, losing 26-24 in a game that was tied eight times and had two lead changes.
SET 2 | Tennessee State lost set two 25-22, digging a 2-0 hole in the match. Southeast Missouri State grabbed the advantage for good at 17-16 in a set that was tied up five times before the Redhawks took over in the second half of the stanza.
SET 3 | Southeast Missouri State finished the sweep with a third-set win. The Lady Tigers lost the first point and never clawed back into the lead before losing the set 25-22.
» Login Williams had a team-high one ace in the loss.
» Gabrielle Johnson had a match-high eight blocks.
» The Tennessee State front row did a great job defensively, picking up 13 blocks in the match.
» Celestial Miller had a team-high 10 kills for Tennessee State.
» Tennessee State got a match-high 21 digs from Gina Rivera-Ortiz.
» Tennessee State attackers were helped by a team-high 18 assists from Login Williams.
» SEMO held a 10-1 advantage on service aces,
» Aleksandra Rojecka had her season highs in points (11), kills (9), digs (8) and blocks (4).
The Tigers will be back in action tomorrow against SEMO at 7 pm