TSU Sports Report

The TSU football Tigers preparing for battle.

The TSU football Tigers (2-1, 1-0) wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule by visiting Vanderbilt on Saturday, September 29. After leading several times, the Tigers fell 31-27, their first loss of the season; see the complete story, by Shiloh Long, elsewhere in this issue of the PRIDE. Saturday, September 22, trailing by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, the Tennessee State football team stormed back to earn a hard-fought 41-40 road victory at Eastern Illinois in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams. It was the first win for TSU over EIU since the 2011 season, and gave the Tigers a 2-0 (1-0) record at the time.

The Tigers had opened the 2018 campaign with a 34-3 win over Bethune-Cookman University in the John Merritt Classic on Saturday, September 1. They went down to Memphis to play the Jackson State Tigers in the Southern Heritage Classic on Saturday, September 8, but that game was canceled after a four-hour weather delay. Due to Hurricane Florence, their third scheduled game, set for Saturday, September 15 at Hampton University in Virginia, was also cancelled.

This weekend, the Tigers travel to Clarksville to face the Austin Peay Governors (2-3, 0-2 OVC) at 6:00 pm Saturday, October 6, and then travel to Murray, Kentucky for a 1:00 pm game at Murray State on Saturday, October 13. The Tigers will host Tennessee Tech for Homecoming on Saturday, October 20 at 4:30 pm in Nissan Stadium.

TSU Basketball

The Tennessee State men’s basketball program will host “Penny and Practice” on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 pm at the Gentry Center. The event will provide fans a chance to support the program and get a first-hand look at the 2018-19 squad. The team will practice at the Gentry Center while guests are served dinner. The night will include an auction and an opportunity to meet the players and coaching staff. The event costs $50 per person with proceeds benefitting the TSU men’s basketball program. Those wishing to attend are asked to please RSVP to Matt Richardson (EMAIL – mattrich803@gmail.com; PHONE – (615) 406-1663) by October 8, 2018. Tickets for the event can be purchased and picked up at the TSU ticket office (Gentry Center First Floor; PHONE: (615) 963-5841).

The Collins Era at TSU kicks off with an October 31 home exhibition game versus Tennessee Wesleyan before officially getting underway with the season opener on November 10 at Lipscomb. This year’s 30-game regular season schedule includes 13 home games and 17 road games with stops in California, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama and Tennessee, including non-conference tests at Kentucky, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and Akron.

The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team held its first official practice of the 2018-19 season Friday afternoon, September 28, in the Gentry Center. Tennessee State returns eight letterwinners from last year’s team, including four starters, while eight newcomers joined the program. The Lady Tigers will kick-off the season with a match-up at Lipscomb on November 9.

The 2018-19 Tennessee State University women’s basketball schedule includes an exempt tournament that will see the Lady Tigers face three opponents in downtown Nashville at the Municipal Auditorium. The Lady Tigers will take on Arkansas, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh during the Challenge in Music City Thanksgiving Tournament November 23-25. The 32-game schedule includes 14 non-conference match-ups against opponents from nine Division I conferences: ACC, Atlantic Sun, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Mid American, SWAC, Sunbelt, and SEC.

In its first Ohio Valley Conference road game of the season, the Tennessee State Tiger volleyball team defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Friday, September 28. The team continued its OVC winning streak Saturday, September 29 in Cookeville, defeating the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles; making giving TSU a 4-0 conference record, 6-8 overall.