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UT Martin wins again as Miller makes history

UT Martin wins again as Miller makes history

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:02 pm

Senior setter Jenna Miller assembled the first triple-double in UT Martin volleyball history Monday, leading the Skyhawks from an 0-2 hole to seize a 3-2 victory over Jacksonville State (18-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, 15-7) at Skyhawk Fieldhouse.
A native of Highland Village, Texas, Miller produced a line of 10 kills, 42 assists and 18 digs. She had zero attack errors and hit a whopping .714 in 14 attempts. She joins Southeast Missouri’s Julie Shives (10 kills, 10 digs, 46 assists against Murray State on Sept. 20) as the only players in the Ohio Valley Conference to amass a triple-double this season.
“I’ve always wanted Jenna to be more offensive as far as an attacker,” UT Martin head coach Darrin McClure said. “She does a pretty good job but it’s just in small chunks and tonight she just got it going. She’s a captain and senior leader and she knew that we needed her. The 10 kills were huge but it was when we got the kills — the timing was unbelievably important with each point. The triple-double was huge and I am very proud of her.”
With the victory, the Skyhawks capped off a sweep of their five-match homestand and now stand at 12-7 with a 7-2 OVC mark, good enough for second place in the league standings. The result also marked the first season sweep over Jacksonville State in UT Martin history.
Miller wasn’t the only star for UT Martin, which featured a balanced offense.
Five of the six Skyhawk starters notched double-figure kill totals, led by Ashley Doherty’s 14 kills. Kelly Hogan (12), Britany Wilburn (11) and Allie Whimpey (10) also had standout performances for the Skyhawks, who accumulated a season-high 200 attacks. UT Martin steadily improved throughout the match, as evidenced by its hitting percentage (.000 in first set, .132 in second set, .237 in third set, .361 in fourth set, .417 in fifth set).
Defensively, national digs leader Kasey Elswick scooped up 34 digs, while Emily Keaton posted a career-high 17 digs. Hogan completed her seventh double-double of the season with her 12 digs.
Published in The WCP 10.13.11

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