Belmont volleyball earned a season sweep of Tennessee State on Tuesday night as they took down the Tigers 3-2 at Kean Hall.
The Bruins won 25-19, 26-28, 28-26, 17-25, 15-7 to secure their first road win over TSU since 2014. In a similar fashion to their first meeting this season, multiple sets came down to extra points.
"Our big thing has been 'win the mini-games,' first to five, first to ten, first to 15, first to 20, first to 25,” Belmont head coach Katelynn Harrison said. “I think they really lived that motto in the fifth set, and if you listen to them they kept talking about 'one point at a time, let's get to five' and then when we got to five it was 'one point at a time, let's get to ten.' I think they really focused on that, and they didn't let points get away from them.”
Following a 3-1 win over the Tigers in September, Belmont has officially swept the season series between the two programs and now sports a 3-2 record against in-state opponents this year thanks to a loss at Lipscomb and a season split with UT-Martin. They still have two games left against both Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech.
Belmont was led by senior Taylor Floyd, who notched a season-high 20 kills. Carly Mason and Kailee Bass both finished with a career-high 11 kills.
The Tigers were paced by senior Aniya Williams and junior Aleksandra Rojecka, who each tallied 13 kills. Senior Gina Rivera-Ortiz also became the program’s all-time digs leader in the loss.
"Realistically I know it looks like we should be winning more but we are a young team," said TSU head coach Donika Sutton. "We have seven newcomers on this team, and they play. We are trying to build chemistry. I can see it. We have 13 more games left, and I am confident that it is about to click again. Stay tuned."
Belmont improved to 6-12, including 4-4 in OVC play. TSU sits at 9-8 and 1-7 in the conference.
TSU men’s basketball releases 21-22 schedule
After an offseason full of news, the Tennessee State men’s basketball program announced its 2021-22 slate on Thursday.
The Tigers will kick things off at the Gentry Center on Oct. 27 with fellow Music City program Trevecca visiting for an exhibition. The first regular season matchup will be on the road at Alabama A&M on Nov. 9.
TSU faces reigning MEAC champion Norfolk State on Nov. 13 in Atlanta as part of the Gateway HBCU Invitational.
Other dates of interest include a trip to Nebraska (Nov. 23), Nashville outings versus Fisk (Nov. 16) and at Lipscomb (Dec. 12), the OVC opener at home against Tennessee Tech (Dec. 30), and crosstown games against Belmont on Feb. 3 at home and Feb. 26 on the road.
Belmont men’s soccer extends win streak
The Belmont men’s soccer squad is currently on a five-game winning streak thanks to an 86th-minute game-winner from AJ Chastonay in a 2-1 win over Evansville on Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper Drew Romig was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week earlier that day after notching clean sheets against IUPUI and Wofford.
Lipscomb volleyball hauls in two weekly honors
Lipscomb volleyball has also won five in a row following a 3-2 win over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday.
The Bisons earned two of the ASUN’s weekly awards following a two-win weekend. Delaney Dilfer was named Player of the Week, while Addi Pelham earned Freshman of the Week.
Asadullah voted Preseason All-Conference
The ASUN announced its preseason men’s basketball poll results last week, and the Bisons were tabbed to finish fifth in the newly expanded ASUN behind Liberty, OVC defects Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State, and Bellarmine.
Junior big man Ahsan Asadullah was one of just two players, alongside Liberty’s Darius McGhee, to be unanimously selected to the Preseason All-Conference Team.
Logan Butts writes the weekly Music City College Sports Notebook for Main Street Nashville. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.