SKYHAWK VOLLEYBALL ADDS A PAIR OF TRANSFERS FOR 2018 CAMPAIGN
May 10, 2018
MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin head volleyball coach Jaclynn Yocum-Wilson has announced the additions of Gintare Mackeviciute and Logan Wallick to the 2018 roster.
Mackeviciute is a 6-3 middle blocker who will be a junior for the Skyhawks after spending two years at Lindsey Wilson College, the 2017 NAIA national champion based out of Columbia, Ky. Wallick will be a sophomore in 2018, as the 6-0 outside hitter played last season at Fort Hays State, an NCAA Division-II program located in Hays, Kan.
“We are excited to welcome in Gintare and Logan to the UT Martin volleyball family,” Yocum-Wilson said. “Both of these players bring us previous collegiate experience, which is a tremendously valuable asset for our program. I look forward to Gintare and Logan competing for playing time this fall.”
A Jonava, Lithuania native, Mackeviciute saw time in 31 matches over two seasons under head coach Andy Cavins at Lindsey Wilson. She posted 68 kills on a .297 attack percentage while adding 34 blocks for the Blue Raiders, who posted a remarkable 70-2 record and a 27-1 Mid-South Conference mark in Mackeviciute’s tenure.
Mackeviciute hit .390 with 42 kills and 18 blocks over 37 sets in 2017, a year where Lindsey Wilson went 35-0 on its way to the school’s first-ever national title. It was the first undefeated season in the NAIA ranks since 2014 as the Blue Raiders lost only five sets all season. She hit .400 or better in 11 of her 20 matches while also chipping in six multi-block performances. Her best match of the season came on Sept. 2 against Union (Ky.), as she slammed down a season-best eight kills on a .636 attack percentage to go along with a season-high three blocks.
As a freshman, Mackeviciute accumulated a career-high nine kills (with just two errors) against Grand View on Oct. 7, 2016. She also dialed up six multi-block outings out of her 11 matches played, including a career-best four swats in only three sets against Masters on Oct. 8.
Mackeviciute prepped at Jonava Senamiescio Gymnasium in Lithuania, where she was a member of the women’s senior national team. She took part in the European Championship with her under-18 team and senior team while also winning a pair of national championships at the club level.
Wallick appeared in 25 matches as a true freshman under head coach Brandi Fairbank at Fort Hays State last season, compiling 163 kills (2.23 per set), 39 digs and 34 blocks. The Waddell, Ariz. native amassed six double-digit kill matches through the season’s first month, including back-to-back career-high 19-kill performances against Black Hills State and William Jewell on Sept. 2. She was also responsible for nine multi-block matches with her career-high of five blocks in three sets against Pittsburg State on Nov. 4.
At the prep level, Wallick was a standout for head coach Jamie Gordon at Verrado High School in Buckeye, Ariz. She was the Arizona Interscholastic Association Regional Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year during her senior campaign in 2016, also nabbing All-5A Conference accolades in that same season. She secured 424 kills (4.6 per set) on a .355 attack percentage and 234 digs over 92 sets played while helping the Vipers make a 5A state tournament appearance.
Wallick was the MaxPreps/American Volleyball Coaches Association Arizona High School Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 12-18 after she averaged 5.0 kills and 3.9 digs per set. That followed a junior season where she earned AIA All-Division 3 second team honors after ranking fourth in the state of Arizona with a .426 hitting percentage.
For her three-year high school varsity career, Wallick accumulated 716 kills on a .373 attack percentage. She also set the VHS school record for most kills in a single match with 25.
Mackeviciute and Wallick join Addison Conley (OPP/OH, London, Ohio), Lindsey Geurin (L/DS, Safety Harbor, Fla.), Jessica Reynolds (OPP/OH, Chandler, Ariz.) and Karen Scanlon (MB/OH, Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the Skyhawks’ recruiting class for 2018.
Photos courtesy of Lindsey Wilson College/Ryan Prickett, Fort Hays State University