MARTIN, Tenn. -
Southeast Missouri volleyball (2-17, 1-4 OVC) fell to UT Martin (5-15, 1-4 OVC) in five sets (25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-11) Tuesday night at the Skyhawk Fieldhouse.
After an opening set comeback fell short, the Redhawks surged to an eight point lead to start the second game. After forcing the Skyhawks to take both of their timeouts early, the Redhawks cruised to a 25-17 victory. SEMO tallied four team blocks during the frame, all of which involved Nzingha Clarke
(one solo, three assists) who also led the team in kills with four.
Both offenses struggled to gain any ground on the opposition during the third frame as both hovered around the .100 attack percentage mark throughout the set. The Skyhawks defense proved to be the difference, however, posting five team blocks en route to take a 2-1 match lead. Madeline Grimm
posted a .667 hitting clip during the set for Southeast, tallying a team-leading four kills.
With their backs against the wall in the fourth game, the Redhawks mounted a six-point rally to overtake the Skyhawks 23-22. After earning yet another kill, Krissa Gearring
was joined by Krista Berns
for a tandem block to force a decisive fifth set, 26-24.
Trailing again, another late comeback effort showed promise for Southeast, but the Redhawks ultimately fell short (15-11).
Both Gearring and Clarke were able to enter the next century mark in career kills during the contest. Gearring's 17 kills pushed her over the 800 kill mark while Clarke's 16 allowed her to eclipse 600 kills for her career.
served up 51 assists in the affair while adding 12 digs to earn her second double-double of the season.
The Redhawks return to action on Sunday, Oct. 9, when they travel to take on Jacksonville State. Southeast then returns home the following weekend and will open with Belmont on Friday, Oct.14 for the the annual Houck "Filled" House match.