September 17, 2016

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Junior setter Kelly Lean nearly compiled a double-double today for the University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team but the Skyhawks dropped a 3-0 decision against Memphis (20-25, 19-25, 8-25) at the Fight Like Hal Memorial Invitational.

Lean compiled 23 assists and a team-best nine digs for UT Martin (4-11) today. Jemima Idemudia, who was named to the all-tournament team for the second consecutive weekend, tied for a team-high six kills while adding five blocks for the Skyhawks.

Sarah Shaw was responsible for the first two kills of the match for UT Martin, who led to begin the opening set before the Tigers went on a 4-0 run. The Skyhawks fell behind by three points before a Shaw kill and back-to-back blocks evened the set at 13-all. The score remained deadlocked until Memphis (8-4) went on a 7-1 run to go ahead by a 23-17 margin. An assisted block by Idemudia and Lean pulled the Skyhawks within four points but that was ultimately the closest that UT Martin would get for the remainder of the set.

The duo of Idemudia and Shaw combined for six kills in the opening set to lead the Skyhawks.

UT Martin led for a large portion of the second set, jumping out to a 4-1 lead out of the gate. Macy Reigelsperger and Idemudia each had a hand in a block to push the Skyhawk lead out to four points before Memphis came back to eventually tie the score at 15-all. Erves put the Skyhawks back on top with a kill and UT Martin kept the advantage thanks to an assisted block by Hannah Phillips and Idemudia. However, the Tigers wrapped up the set with seven unanswered points from that point forward.

Erves and Reigelsperger shared the team-lead with three kills apiece in the second set.

Memphis began the third set on a 5-0 run before Erves got the Skyhawks on the scoreboard with a kill. Idemudia would soon add a kill but the Tigers used another lengthy run to go ahead by a 14-2 margin. Reigelsperger came through with a kill and an assisted block on back-to-back possessions but UT Martin’s early deficit came back to haunt them.

The Skyhawk offense struggled in the final set, as they hit -.107 with five kills in 28 swings.

UT Martin starts Ohio Valley Conference play next weekend when it goes on the road to face Murray State (Sept. 23) and Austin Peay (Sept. 24).

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