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Hogan’s a hero for Skyhawks

Hogan’s a hero for Skyhawks

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 12:03 pm

Junior Kelly Hogan tied a career-high with 14 kills and picked up her ninth double-double of the season to lead UT Martin to a 3-0 volleyball victory over Eastern Kentucky (25-19, 25-23, 25-22) in Ohio Valley Conference action Saturday.
The win came a day after UTM dropped a 3-1 decision to conference-leading Morehead State on Friday.
Hogan, who now has tallied 14 kills in six matches in her career, hit .321 (five errors, 28 attempts) and snared 14 digs for the Skyhawks. She now has generated double-figure kill totals in five of her last six matches, after reaching that mark three times in her previous 13 matches.
Senior Britany Wilburn also hit .321 and recorded 11 kills for UT Martin, which improves to 15-9 with a 10-4 OVC record. Jenna Miller posted 36 assists, while Kasey Els-wick and Emily Keaton led the defense with 23 and 13 digs, respectively.
After trailing 3-1 in the first set, the Skyhawks came back to take their first lead at 5-4 and never trailed the rest of the set. Eastern Kentucky pulled within two at 10-8, but the Skyhawks scored six of the next seven points to help put the set away.
UT Martin would lead by as many as eight points on four occasions until the Colonels cut their deficit to 24-19, but a kill by Wilburn closed out the first set.
UT Martin distributed the ball evenly in the first set, hitting .238 as a team. Wilburn’s four kills led the way, while Hogan, Keaton and Allie Whimpey each had three kills for the Skyhawks.
The Skyhawks took an early 3-1 lead in the second set only to fall behind 10-9.
The Colonels led 22-19 before UT Martin recovered nicely, tallying six of the final seven points to earn the 25-23 victory.
Hogan’s six kills paced the Skyhawks, while Wilburn smoked the ball for four kills and a .444 hitting percentage in the set.
The third set was the most competitive of the afternoon, as it featured 11 ties and six lead changes.
A Doherty kill tipped the advantage in UTM’s favor at 18-17, and the Skyhawks wouldn’t trail after that.  Published in The WCP 10.25.11

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