October 21, 2017

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Senior Jemima Idemudia was a force on both ends this afternoon for the University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team as the Skyhawks turned away Ohio Valley Conference rival Morehead State by a 3-1 margin (25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21).

Idemudia dialed up a match-high 16 kills with just two errors in 24 swings for a blistering .583 attack percentage. She also added a match-high seven blocks (four solo), three digs and her first service ace of the season for the Skyhawks, who improve to 11-12 overall with a 5-5 OVC record.

Kenzie Hinshaw (27 assists) and Kelly Lean (17 assists) helped the UT Martin offense flow smoothly while Brooke Gyori (match-high 21 digs) and Jamie Rys (10 digs) came through with big defensive efforts for the Skyhawks.

The match began with back-to-back kills by Idemudia and Reigelsperger as UT Martin stormed off to a 5-1 lead in the first set. Hannah Phillips provided two kills in the span of three points before Idemudia compiled three kills and an assisted block in a four-point stretch to give the Skyhawks a 15-7 advantage. The Eagles accounted for six of the next eight points but Gray helped erase the Morehead State run with three consecutive kills. UT Martin stretched its lead out to double-figures before a Phillips kill ended the set and put the Skyhawks on top, 1-0.

Idemudia was perfect (five kills in five attempts) as UT Martin hit .423 with 14 kills and three errors in the first set.

The Eagles were responsible for five of the first six points in the second set but kills by Justine Walker, Phillips and Rys helped the Skyhawks climb back for a 9-8 lead. Morehead State came back with a 9-4 run to go ahead 17-13 but two Rys kills aided UT Martin back to an 18-18 tie. Four more ties followed but the Eagles secured three of the final four points after the score was knotted at 22-all.

Walker notched four kills while Gyori and Macy Catlett each scooped six digs in the second set for the Skyhawks.

UT Martin led 4-2 in the third set but Morehead State came back to tie the score at 5-5. The Skyhawks soon reeled off five straight points as part of a 9-2 surge on their way to doubling up the Eagles by a 16-8 margin. Morehead State answered with nine of the next 12 points to close within two points (19-17) but the UT Martin trio of Rys, Phillips and Idemudia each provided rally killers to halt the Eagle momentum and deliver a third-set win for the Skyhawks.

Idemudia was once again a perfect 5-of-5 in kills in the third stanza while Gyori chipped in with six more digs.

UT Martin held a sizeable lead in the fourth set before staving off a Morehead State rally to take the match. The Skyhawks went ahead by a 4-1 margin and used the help of Idemudia to expand their lead to 15-7, as the middle blocker from Glendale, Ariz. generated a kill and a pair of solo blocks in the span of three points. All in all, UT Martin posted 11 of 14 points during one stretch to take a 20-10 advantage but the Eagles used a 7-0 run to eventually get back within two points at 22-20. However, the Skyhawks soon tallied three of the final four points to earn the win.

The UT Martin defense limited Morehead State to a -.028 hitting percentage (10 errors, 11 kills) in 36 attempts.

The Skyhawks go back on the road for their next four matches, starting with a Tuesday, Oct. 24 matchup at Southeast Missouri.

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