SKYHAWK VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE SETS AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

November 8, 2016

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team suffered a 3-0 setback this evening against Southeast Missouri (22-25, 10-25, 20-25) at Houck Field House.

Tonight’s loss, combined with a Jacksonville State win over Tennessee Tech tonight, eliminates the Skyhawks from an appearance in the OVC Tournament.

UT Martin (8-22, 4-11 OVC) was led by a match-high 20 digs out of senior Colleen Larson this evening. Kelly Lean registered 17 assists but the Skyhawk offense struggled tonight, hitting -.047 with 27 errors as a team.

Things started out well for UT Martin, as early kills by Alisha Erves and Hayley Gray provided the Skyhawks with a 3-1 advantage in the first set. Southeast Missouri went on a 4-0 run to take its first lead at 8-6 before UT Martin reeled off four straight points to claim a 12-10 lead. Erves accounted for back-to-back service aces during a separate 5-0 Skyhawk run that gave UT Martin a 17-13 advantage. The Skyhawk lead was at three points (20-17) before Southeast Missouri scored eight of the final 10 points to take the opening set.

Lean (nine) and Larson (six) were responsible for team-highs in assists and digs, respectively, in the first set.

Kills by Macy Reigelsperger and Gray kept UT Martin close at the start of the second set. The Redhawks led 11-5 but back-to-back Southeast Missouri attack errors made the score by a 11-7 margin. However, the Redhawks answered with 11 unanswered points on their way to taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Attack errors harmed the Skyhawks in the second set, as UT Martin tallied eight errors against three kills in 24 swings.

Madison Wessling had an early kill and a service ace to help the Skyhawks take a 4-1 edge to start off the third set. UT Martin maintained its lead until a 3-1 spurt provided Southeast Missouri with a brief 8-7 advantage. Wessling and Lean each had a kill during a 5-2 Skyhawk run that made the score 12-10 in favor of UT Martin. However, the Redhawks posted an 8-1 spurt to go on top by a 19-14 margin before kills by Idemudia and Wessling pulled the Skyhawks back within two points at 21-19. Southeast Missouri then wrapped up the match with four of the last five points of the set.

Larson remarkably piled up 10 digs while Wessling paced the offense with four kills for UT Martin.

The Skyhawks wrap up the 2016 campaign this Friday, Nov. 11 when they host Jacksonville State at 7:30 p.m. Prior to first serve, a Senior Night ceremony will take place to honor the career accomplishments of Erves, Larson, Wessling and student assistant Michelle McLaughlin.



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