The Lady Tigers defeated their in state rivals Southern University Lady Jaguars for their first home victory of the season on Wednesday night.
The Lady Tigers, fresh off their win against the Alcorn State Lady Braves, started off the first set aggressively.
As the passionate Tigers fans cheered, the Lady Tigers got into rhythm early due to the great efforts both attacking and defending by Tiara McIver, Angel Smith and Brilliante Osborne.
The Lady Tigers displayed great effort and intensity as they won the first set 25-3.
The Lady Tigers took that momentum into the second set, but the Lady Jaguars were neck and neck with GSU half way through the set until the Lady Tigers pulled away due to the outstanding efforts of Brilliante, who had four kills.
The Lady Tigers, closing in on their second victory, looked hungry as they started the third set, but got off to a slow start, trailing Southern by 10 points.
The Lady Tigers did storm back to trail by only three points, but SUBR squeezed by to win the set 25-22.
The Lady Jaguars dominated the fourth set until a late surge by the Lady Tigers was interrupted by SUBR winning the set 25-21.
The fifth and final set started off in the Lady Tigers favor, leading by several points early. They eventually won the set and the match to give the Lady Tigers their second victory.
“We played a aggressive game and we played with a lot of heart,” Osborne said after the game.
“We are more confident going into next match against Alcorn State.”
Coach Keys-Johnson had this to say: “Tonight was a win that the girls can be proud of. It was good to get our first victory at home against our longtime rival.”
The Lady Tigers look to take this confidence into their last home game against Alcorn on Tuesday. Set time is 6:30 p.m.