MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team climbed out of a two-set hole to force a decisive fifth set tonight but the Skyhawk comeback attempt fell just short against Austin Peay (24-26, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 12-15) at Skyhawk Fieldhouse.
Four Skyhawks registered double-figure kills tonight, led by 15 kills apiece by Julia Devinney and Allie Whimpey. Devinney’s 15 kills were a career-high, as she hit .393 in 28 attempts. Whimpey compiled a .379 attack percentage in 29 attempts, as her 15 kills were one shy of a season-high against Evansville on Sept. 3.
Lynsey Hazelwood (10 kills, 16 digs) and Madison Wessling (10 kills, .364 attack percentage in three sets) also paced UT Martin. Amanda Crask picked up her 11th double-double of the season with 52 assists and 14 digs while Chelsea Bowles (13 digs) and Emily Keaton (10 digs) guided the defense for the Skyhawks (9-20, 3-10 Ohio Valley Conference).
In the first set, UT Martin fell behind 4-1 but battled back to tie the score at 4-all. A Whimpey kill gave the Skyhawks their first lead at 6-5 but the Lady Govs scored four straight points to reclaim the lead. UT Martin would go on a 4-0 run of its own to go back ahead 17-15 and the Skyhawks would extend their lead to 22-19 thanks to a kill by Crask. However, Austin Peay would answer with a 5-1 run on its way to the first set victory.
The Skyhawks slammed down 13 kills in the first set, with Crask accounting for 11 assists.
UT Martin jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second set behind two kills by Alisha Erves. Two straight Whimpey kills pushed the Skyhawk lead out to 8-3 and an assisted block by Erves and Hazelwood kept UT Martin’s advantage at five points (12-7). Austin Peay would go on a 6-0 run to go ahead 13-12. An assisted block by Whimpey and Erves gave UT Martin the lead back at 15-14 but the Lady Govs went on a 6-1 run to take a 20-16 lead. Austin Peay would lead 24-20 but the Skyhawks chalked up three straight points to get within one point. However, a service error would give the Lady Govs the second set victory.
Devinney’s four kills in six attempts led UT Martin in the second set while Crask’s seven digs led the Skyhawk defense.
UT Martin never trailed in the third set, jumping out to a 7-3 lead behind three early Whimpey kills. Austin Peay would get within two points at 8-6 but the Skyhawks responded with a 7-1 run behind a pair of kills by Devinney. UT Martin doubled up the Lady Govs at 20-10 after four unanswered points, while a Devinney kill gave the Skyhawks the victory.
Devinney was responsible for five kills (against zero errors) in eight attempts while Crask handed out 14 assists in the third set alone.
After Austin Peay led 3-0 in the fourth set, the Skyhawks scored six straight points – with Hazelwood accounting for a pair of kills in that span. The score was knotted at 7-all but UT Martin would soon take a three-point advantage (14-11). The Lady Govs got within a single point at 14-13 but the Skyhawks would go on an 8-1 run to go on top by a 22-14 margin. A kill and service ace by Whimpey led to a Wessling kill that evened the match at 2-all.
Wessling had five kills (against zero errors) in eight swings in the fourth set, while Crask (10 assists) and Hazelwood (seven digs) also helped lead UT Martin to the fourth set victory.
The Skyhawks led 2-0 in the fifth set but Austin Peay would go on a run that led to a 5-2 lead. UT Martin would claw back to eventually tie the score at 11-11, thanks to three consecutive kills by Wessling. However, the Lady Govs accounted for four of the final five points in the set.
Hazelwood and Wessling each had three kills for the Skyhawks while Crask recorded eight assists in the shortened set.
UT Martin returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 when it faces OVC West rival Murray State at 2 p.m. The match will serve as Senior Day for the Skyhawks, as redshirt senior Kelly Hogan will be recognized for her career efforts in a pregame ceremony.