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Skyhawk Volleyball improves to 3-0

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Skyhawk Volleyball improves to 3-0

Posted on 31 August 2014 by Allen


The University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team moved to 3-0 on the 2014 season after a 3-0 victory over Southern (25-17, 25-15, 25-15) in the final day of the ISTAP Collegiate Cup hosted by Alabama State.

The Skyhawks, who defeated South Carolina State 3-0 and Alabama State 3-2 yesterday, stayed hot this afternoon, completing the tournament sweep. After the conclusion of the final match, UT Martin freshman setter Madison Bergren was named to the six-person all-tournament team. Bergren tallied 112 assists, 17 kills and a .615 attack percentage in the three Skyhawk victories.

“It was an exciting weekend,” UT Martin head coach Darrin McClure said. “We wanted to come down here and compete and I thought we did that. Our biggest test was yesterday against Alabama State – we showed a lot of heart and resilience.”

The Skyhawks won today’s match with a balanced offense, as 10 UT Martin players had at least one kill but no Skyhawk had more than seven kills. Emily Keaton led the squad with seven kills against only one error in 16 attempts (.375 hitting percentage) while Allie Whimpey added six kills. Bergren handed out 31 assists to guide an offense that hit .301 as a team (38 kills, 13 errors in 83 attempts).

Colleen Larson amassed 11 digs to lead the Skyhawk defense today while Whimpey chipped in with six digs.

UT Martin trailed early in the first set but a 7-0 Skyhawk run – fueled by three aces by Whimpey – tilted the score in the Skyhawks’ favor. Back-to-back kills by Keaton spurred a 5-1 run for UT Martin, who extended their advantage to double-digits at 18-8. The Lady Jaguars would get within five points (22-17) before the Skyhawks tallied three consecutive points to end the set.

Bergren handed out 12 assists in the first set to help the Skyhawks double up Southern on kills (14 to seven).

The second set began with a 6-2 run by UT Martin. After Southern closed the gap to 10-8, the Skyhawks unreeled an 8-2 run, capped off by back-to-back kills from Keaton and Whimpey. The Lady Jaguars would not get any closer than six points for the remainder of the set, as a solo block from Grace Hardin concluded a 5-1 Skyhawk run to close out the set.

Keaton slammed down four kills to pace an offense that hit .423 (13 kills, two errors) in 26 attempts in the second set.

UT Martin once again jumped out to a fast start in the third set, taking an 11-4 lead. Back-to-back attack errors by Southern made the score 15-6 and the Skyhawks pushed their lead out to double-figures for the first time at 18-8. The Lady Jaguars crept back to seven points twice in the latter stages of the set before two straight kills by Lael Ceriani completed the sweep.

UT Martin holds its 2014 home opener this Tuesday, Sept. 2 when it takes on Alabama A&M. First serve from Skyhawk Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.

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UT Martin sweeps first day at ISTAP Collegiate Cup

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UT Martin sweeps first day at ISTAP Collegiate Cup

Posted on 30 August 2014 by Allen


The University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team picked up a pair of victories in its season-opening day, defeating South Carolina State by a 3-0 margin (25-11, 25-15, 25-9) before posting a 3-2 comeback win (22-25, 21-25, 25-16, 27-25, 15-8) over host Alabama State this afternoon.

Allie Whimpey led the Skyhawks with 23 kills today, averaging 2.88 kills per set. Madison Bergren was also a star for the UT Martin offense, slamming down 14 kills (against only one error) in 22 attempts for a .591 attack percentage to go along with 81 assists.

Defensively, Colleen Larson scooped up 24 digs while Keaton added 19 digs. Alisha Erves tallied seven blocks to pace the Skyhawks at the net.

The Skyhawks close out their participation in the ISTAP Collegiate Cup tournament on Saturday, Aug. 30 when they take on Southern at 3 p.m.

Game 1
Keaton paced UT Martin will 11 kills while Julia Devinney piled up 10 kills against zero errors in 14 attempts (.714 attack percentage) to lead a Skyhawk offense that hit .427 against the Lady Bulldogs.

The first set was tight early before UT Martin went on a 14-2 run to take a 19-6 advantage. Larson had back-to-back service aces early in the run while Keaton recorded five kills during the run. Devinney then came on strong to end the set, tallying back-to-back kills to conclude the set and give the Skyhawks the early advantage.

UT Martin hit .556 in the first set, committing only one team error in 27 attempts. Keaton (seven kills) and Bergren (14 assists) stood out for the Skyhawks offensively.

The second set was knotted early once again but UT Martin reeled off five straight points, capped off with two Keaton kills. South Carolina State crept within four points at 13-9 before the Skyhawks unreeled a 10-3 run to essentially put the game away. A kill by Whimpey clinched the set for UT Martin.

The Skyhawk defense excelled in the second set, limiting the Lady Bulldogs to a .000 hitting percentage (seven errors against seven kills) in 28 swings.

Another pair of lengthy runs in the third set led UT Martin to the sweep. South Carolina State jumped out to a 3-1 lead but a 9-2 run provided an 11-6 lead for the Skyhawks. The Lady Bulldogs got within three points (11-8) until UT Martin scored 13 unanswered points. Michelle McLaughlin tallied four kills in the run while five different Skyhawks had at least one kill during the 13-0 run.

Defense was UT Martin’s calling card once again in the third set, as the Skyhawks held South Carolina State to a .000 hitting percentage (four kills against four errors in 24 attempts). Offensively, UT Martin hit .464 in the set – committing just three attack errors against 16 kills.

Game 2
Whimpey guided the Skyhawks to a come-from-behind triumph, slamming down 17 kills to go along with 10 digs. The 17 kills were just one shy of her career high, set during her freshman season in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament against Jacksonville State.

Madison Wessling (12 kills) and Bergren (11 kills, 46 assists) also reached double-figures in the kill column while Keaton registered 12 digs.

Three early kills by Wessling gave UT Martin an early advantage but Alabama State would eventually take a 12-9 lead. The Skyhawks then scored four unanswered – with a pair of Erves service aces in that span – to take a 13-12 lead and force the Hornets to take a timeout. Alabama State came back and led 20-16 but UT Martin trimmed its deficit to one point (22-21) thanks to an assisted block by Erves and Wessling. However, Alabama State would score three of the last four points to end the set.

Whimpey (five kills) and Wessling (four kills) led the Skyhawks offensively in the first set.

Alabama State led 6-3 in the second set before four unanswered points by UT Martin tilted the score in the Skyhawks’ favor at 7-6. Wessling provided three straight kills during the 4-0 run. UT Martin led until a 5-0 Alabama State run but the Skyhawks responded with four straight points of their own to go on top by an 18-17 margin. UT Martin led 20-19 before the Hornets ended the set on a 6-1 advantage.

Wessling had seven kills while Whimpey provided five kills for UT Martin in the second set.

The Skyhawks found themselves trailing 4-1 in the third set but respond with a 10-3 run to go on top by an 11-7 margin. UT Martin extended its lead to seven points (20-13) before Erves provided a pair of late kills and an assisted block to help the Skyhawks seal the victory.

Once again, UT Martin’s defense stood out in the set, forcing nine Alabama State errors and an .032 hitting percentage.

Whimpey came up with a pair of early kills to get the Skyhawks going in the fourth set. Alabama State led 10-6 but UT Martin went on a 13-6 run to go on top by a 19-16 margin. The Hornets tacked on six unanswered points to reclaim the advantage but the Skyhawks closed out the set on an 8-3 spurt, fighting off match point twice. A service ace by McLaughlin clinched the win and forced the fifth set.

Bergren was the hero of the fourth set, tallying five kills in six swings (.833 attack percentage) with 10 assists.

The fifth set was tied at 5-all until the Skyhawks went on a 6-1 run to go ahead by an 11-6 margin. Two straight kills by Lael Ceriani put UT Martin in position for the win while an assisted block by Erves and Whimpey concluded the Skyhawk comeback.

The UT Martin offense did not commit a single error in 15 chances in the fifth set, hitting .400 with six kills. Meanwhile, Alabama State hit .000 with six errors in 22 swings.

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