COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After opening its Ohio Valley Conference schedule Tuesday at Jacksonville State, the Tennessee Tech volleyball team (1-10, 0-1 OVC) will look to change its fortunes as it hosts the UT Martin Skyhawks Friday, at 7 p.m.
The Skyhawks enter Friday's match with a 5-5 record, but have yet to play an OVC match. In its last match, UTM dropped a 3-2 decision to Belmont. Last week the Golden Eagles also suffered a loss at the hands of the Bruins.
Last season, Tech won both of its matches against UT Martin, and improved its all-time record against the Skyhawks to 36-18. The Golden Eagles are currently riding a nine-match winning streak against UT Martin, and have not lost to the Skyhawks since 2005.
Leading the UTM offense is the reigning OVC Offensive Player of the Week Ashley Doherty, who leads the team in kills with 105. Kasey Elswick, the current OVC Defensive Player of the Week, has posted a conference-leading 245 digs.
On the other side of the net, the Golden Eagles are led on offense by sophomore Natalie Penrod, who has tallied a team-high 116 kills. Sophomore Allison May currently leads TTU in digs with 169, while junior Kelsey Gray has added 32 total blocks.
Friday's match will also feature a matchup between two former teammates in Elswick and May. Both hailing from Louisville, Ky., Elswick and May played together for three seasons at Assumption High School.
Cookeville native and UT Martin middle blocker Ellee Agee will make her return home this Friday as well.
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