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MARTIN, Tenn. – Winners in four of its last six matches, the University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team rolls in to Ohio Valley Conference play this week with home matchups against Southeast Missouri and Tennessee Tech.
The Skyhawks (6-7) will host Southeast Missouri on Tuesday, Sept. 19 before taking on Tennessee Tech on Friday, Sept. 22. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. at Skyhawk Fieldhouse. UT Martin is 15-11 all-time against Southeast Missouri, having not lost a home decision to the Redhawks since 2011. Meanwhile, the Skyhawks will look to snap a four-game skid in the all-time series against the Golden Eagles.
UT Martin is coming off second-place finishes in each of its last two nonconference tournament appearances. Last weekend at the Memphis Invitational, Megan Fair and Kenzie Hinshaw each earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Fair racked up a team-high 33 kills (2.75 per set) while producing one of the most efficient offensive performances in school history with a 16-kill effort (with no errors) in the win over Louisiana Monroe on Saturday. HInshaw made the first all-tournament team of her young career after tallying 75 assists (6.25 per set) and 34 digs (2.83 per set) – including back-to-back double-doubles to close out the tournament.
Fair’s 2.83 kills per set average lead the Skyhawks while Jemima Idemudia (2.79 kills per set) trails closely behind. Hinshaw (6.84) and Kelly Lean (4.35) combine for 11.29 assists per set while directing a 6-2 offense and Hinshaw’s 14 service aces also rank as a team-high. Brooke Gyori (4.57 digs per set) and Idemudia (1.00 blocks per set) shore up UT Martin on the defensive end.
Southeast Missouri (5-9) began the season on a hot streak but has lost seven straight matches to close out nonconference play. Krissa Gearring paces the Redhawks with 2.84 kills per set while Nzingha Clarke leads the squad in attack percentage (.364) and blocks (1.09 per set). Keegan Fornoff (5.14 assists per set) and Allie Henkelman (4.14 assists per set) split setter duties while Emily Boggetto accounts for a team-best 3.85 digs per set.
Tennessee Tech comes into the week with a 2-10 overall record, having dropped 10 consecutive decisions. Shealene Little has accumulated a team-best 3.34 kills per set on a .216 hitting percentage while Susie Jeziorowski’s 9.02 assists per set guide the Golden Eagles. Allison Morrett (3.93 digs per set) and Rachel Thomas (0.80 blocks per set) lead the way for Tennessee Tech defensively.
Both matches this week will be streamed live, free of charge, on the OVC Digital Network. Those links - as well as links for live stats - can be found at the top of the webpage.