VOLLEYBALL TEAM TAKES FIRST SET BUT FALLS 3-1 TO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
November 6, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team fell in four sets this evening (26-24, 19-25, 18-25, 19-25) to visiting Southeast Missouri in Ohio Valley Conference action at Skyhawk Fieldhouse.
UT Martin (10-19, 6-9 OVC) was led offensively by sophomore Allie Whimpey’s 11 kills and .261 attack percentage. Emily Keaton and Shelby Hoskins also each tallied eight kills while Amanda Crask handed out a match-high 41 assists for the Skyhawks.
Kasey Elswick’s 30 digs led four Skyhawks who cracked double-digits in the digs category tonight. Chelsea Bowles registered 17 digs while Keaton (11 digs) and Crask (12 digs) helped UT Martin scoop up 88 digs in four sets.
The Skyhawks took an early 1-0 advantage thanks to a .262 attack percentage in the first set. After a Crask kill evened the score at 4-all, Southeast Missouri scored four straight points to take a lead until an assisted block by Hoskins and Taylor Simons gave UT Martin a 12-11 advantage. Neither team would open up a lead of more than one point until an Elswick service ace made the score 21-19 in UT Martin’s favor. The Redhawks came back to take a pair of brief leads – including match-point at 24-23 – before UT Martin closed out the set with three straight points.
Keaton’s four kills led the Skyhawks in the first set, while Crask (13 assists) and Elswick (10 digs) posted impressive performances as well.
Southeast Missouri began the second set with a 5-2 advantage but the Skyhawks quickly closed the gap and tied the score at 7-all off a Keaton kill. The Redhawks reclaimed the lead on the next point but UT Martin battled back to even the set at 15-15 thanks to a back-to-back kill and service ace by Hoskins. However, Southeast Missouri recorded three straight points and UT Martin would not get any closer than two points the rest of the set.
Simons picked up four kills in the second set, while Elswick (10) and Bowles (eight) combined for 18 of the team’s 31 digs in the set.
The Redhawks scored the first three points of the third set but UT Martin pulled even at 6-6 off a Simons kill. Southeast Missouri then pieced together four straight points but a pair of kills by Whimpey brought the Skyhawks back within two at 14-12. Southeast Missouri then scored six of the next nine points to take a five-point advantage. UT Martin would get within four points on two more occasions (20-16, 22-18) but could not catch up with the Redhawks.
Whimpey piled up five kills in the third set, while Crask accumulated 11 assists.
In the fourth set, the Skyhawks trailed early but a kill by Whimpey and service ace by Lynsey Hazelwood brought UT Martin back within one at 6-5. Southeast Missouri then picked up four straight points on its way to a 15-9 advantage. Hoskins had two kills in a 4-0 UT Martin run that sliced the Skyhawk deficit to two at 15-13. The margin remained at two (18-16) until the Redhawks scored three unanswered to take a 21-16 advantage. An assisted block by Harter and Keaton pulled the Skyhawks within four at 23-19 but Southeast Missouri scored back-to-back points to wrap up the match.
Hoskins, Whimpey, Harter and Hazelwood all reached three kills apiece in the fourth set for UT Martin.
The Skyhawks close out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a home matchup against Jacksonville State at 2 p.m. Before the match, UT Martin will recognize senior libero Kasey Elswick for her career contributions as part of Senior Day festivities.