Portland, Ore. - On Saturday, The Tennessee State volleyball team dropped its last two games of the second day of the Nike Portland Invitational. The Tigers got swept in both games falling to UNLV (15-25, 15-25, 14-25) and Idaho State (23-25, 14-25, 16-25).
The Tigers sported a season-low .019 hitting percentage in the match against UNLV and followed that up with a .065 clip versus Idaho State.
The loss drops TSU's record to 3-4.
In the first match, sophomore outside hitter Naomi Wells led the Tigers in kills and digs with nine and 14, respectively. However, TSU had just two more kills than it did errors.
Junior setter Erika Moss had her lowest output of assists of the young season with 21.
For UNLV, Candice Thomas was the only Rebel in double figures in kills as she had 11 in the match. Kinsey Caldwell added 28 assists for UNLV (3-2).
Neither team held an advantage early in the first set and the score was tied 8-8. From that point, TSU committed 11 errors and UNLV finished the set on a 17-7 run.
In the second set, a pair of kills from Moss gave the Tigers the lead at 6-5. TSU couldn't hold its advantage, as more errors marred the offense. An 8-1 run by the Rebels midway through the set provided an insurmountable lead, and TSU lost the second set by 10 points.
The Tigers came out slow to start the final set, and UNLV quickly built a 6-1 lead. A kill from Wells and an error on the Rebels cut the lead to four, 17-13. That would be the closest to the lead the Tigers would get as UNLV used an 8-1 to secure the match.
In match two, Wells and sophomore outside hitter Sherryce Butler led the Tigers with eight kills apiece. Moss recorded 22 assists and senior Calasia Williams tallied a team-high 12 digs.
For Idaho State, Lori Mendenhall had 32 assists while Kylee Searle had a team-high 11 digs.
In the first set, TSU leapt out to a 3-1 lead on the back of two Wells' kills.The teams went back-and-forth throughout the frame and TSU called a late timeout with the score tied at 23. Two TSU errors gave the Bengals a pair of points and a first set victory.
Idaho State used its momentum gained in the first set and rolled to a 5-0 lead to start the second. An 8-4 Bengal run late in the period doomed any chance the Tigers had to tie the match.
Another slow start saw the Tigers down 10-4 to start the final set. A service ace midway through the period cut the lead to four but a 9-4 highlighted by a bevy of Bengal kills ended the match.
The volleyball team's next match will be Sept. 7 against Chattanooga in the KSU Owls Classic.