Volleyball team to play weekend series with Skyhawks

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Adam Tumino | The Daily Eastern News

Eastern setter Bailey Chandler (left) sets the ball behind her for outside hitter Kaitlyn Flynn in a match against Indiana State on Sept. 19 in Lantz Arena. Eastern lost the match 3-1.

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor

The Eastenr volleyball team will be on the road this weekend for its second series of conference play, this time against Tennessee-Martin. 

The Panthers and Skyhawks will face off Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Panthers are 0-2 in conference play this season after losing a pair of matches to Murray State last weekend. 

Eastern has now lost four-straight matches overall, their longest losing streak of the season. The Panthers have also dropped their last seven sets. 

Tennessee-Martin comes into the weekend with a 2-1 record and riding a two-match winning streak. 

The Skyhawks dropped their conference opener to Belmont on Sept. 24, but then beat the Bruins the following day. 

They then played a midweek match against Southeast Missouri on Wednesday, beating the Redhawks 3-2. 

Eastern has not beaten Tennessee-Martin since Nov. 2, 2018, dropping the last four matches against the Skyhawks over the last two seasons. All four losses have been in straight sets. 

Tennessee-Martin ranks last in the OVC in hitting percentage this season, hitting just .149. Eastern ranks fifth in that category with a hitting percentage of .180. 

The Skyhawks have allowed the third-most kills per set at 13.07. Eastern has allowed just 11.52 kills per set, the third-best mark in the OVC.

Leading the Skyhawks this season is middle blocker Karen Scanlon, who has played every set this season and is second on the team with 2.29 kills per set. 

Eastern is led by outside hitter Danielle Allen, who ranks seventh in the OVC with 3.14 kills per set, and middle blocker Emily Wilcox, who leads the OVC with a .328 hitting percentage. 

 

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