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MT takes down FIU in three sets Friday night

Raiders move to 7-4 in C-USA, clinch C-USA Championship berth

November 8, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Sophomore Chelsea Ross and freshman Jale Hervey tallied double-digit kills Friday night in the Middle Tennessee volleyball team's three-set victory over Conference USA foe FIU at Alumni Memorial Gym. In the win, the Blue Raiders improve to 16-10 and 7-4 in C-USA, while the Panthers drop to 10-18 and 4-8 in C-USA.

Ross and Hervey each notched 10 kills in the victory, with redshirt-freshman Jazmyne Johnson recording eight, matching her career-high. Junior Ailime de Freitas led MT with 20 assists, while redshirt-junior Kendall Howard had a match-high 11 digs and sophomore Rachel Shaughnessy came up with five blocks. With the win, the Blue Raiders clinched a spot in the Conference USA Volleyball Championship at Alumni Memorial Gym.

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The Blue Raiders tallied the first four points of the match before the Panthers answered with five straight to take a 5-4 lead. From there, MT would rattle off a 10-4 run to take control of the set. The Raiders would lead by no less than three the rest of the way in the opening stanza, taking a 25-21 victory. Howard and Ross combined for 11 digs in a set where MT overcame a .086 hitting percentage.

Middle Tennessee played a strong second set on its way to a 25-20 win, hitting .414 in the frame. The Blue Raiders never trailed in the set, but the Panthers kept it interesting, at one point trailing 19-18. Hervey and Ross each had four kills in the set, which the Blue Raiders closed out on a 6-2 run on their way to a 2-0 lead.

MT led 17-10 in the third set before FIU cut into the deficit, cutting things to 22-19. A Panther service error, followed by a pair of attack errors, led to FIU's demise with Middle Tennessee taking the set and match with a 25-21 victory.

The Blue Raiders return to action Sunday at noon when MT hosts Florida Atlantic in its 2013 regular season home finale.

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