Monday, 11 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

USI Volleyball clinches first-ever OVC Championship berth

UT Martin

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (13-15, 9-8 OVC) earned a gritty 3-1 victory (25-21, 29-27, 29-27, 25-22) over the University of Tennessee at Martin (8-19, 6-11 OVC) at Screaming Eagles Arena on Wednesday night. The win punches the Screaming Eagles’ ticket to the Ohio Valley Conference Championships starting on Monday, November 20.
USI squeezes past UT Martin in the opening frame, 25-21. The Skyhawks began the match with an early 6-5 lead until an Eagles’ 3-0 stint switched the score. Senior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) kicked off the run with a kill followed by kills from junior middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) and junior setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana). UT Martin quickly flipped the script with a 5-0 run to make it 11-8. Once again, USI changed course and regained the lead after three attacking errors from the Skyhawks. The Eagles were able to push their lead further after a big ace from Sobieralski to make it 21-18. Even though UT Martin brought it within a couple, USI got the win after a set-sealing kill from senior outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio). The Skyhawks won the kills margin over the Eagles, 17-14, but it was their eight errors that proved costly. USI also threw down four blocks in the frame…

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