Aces Volleyball sweeps UT-Martin

Ashley Ring swung her way to a game-high 13 kills as the Purple Aces volleyball team took a 3-0 sweep over UT-Martin on Tuesday evening in the Carson Center.

Ring hit .355 on the night for the Aces (7-12, 2-4 MVC) as she notched 13 kills while making just two errors.  She also recorded seven digs and three aces.  Hannah Ring tallied eight digs and eight kills while Katie Klages had 18 digs and Jenn Murphy had 18 assists.  Leading the way for the Skyhawks (6-12) was Lynsey Hazelwood, who had 11 kills.

Stephanie Cerino and Meaghan Holmes led Evansville in the first set.  The duo assisted in blocks in the opening three points as UE relled off the first five tallies.  UT-Martin would never recover from the start as the Aces won by a 25-17 margin.

Ashley Ring notched six kills to lead UE in the set, including the last two points to seal the victory.  She hit .462 in the frame, recording six kills on 13 attempts.

The Skyhawks kept it much closer in the second frame, scoring the first two points to take their first lead of the match.  Evansville fought back to tie it up at 4-4 following a pair of UTM errors.  Four more ties would ensue prior to the game being tied up at 13-all.  UE scored the next two before pulling away for a 25-19 victory.  Ring was solid again in the set, registering three kills.

UT-Martin had the upper hand in the third set, taking an early 8-2 lead as Hazelwood tallied three kills in the stretch.  Evansville fought right back, embarking on a 10-4 run as a Ring kill capped off the run to tie the score up at 12-12.

After the Skyhawks took a 13-12 lead, UE notched the next four points to take its first edge of the frame at 16-13.  UTM fought back to get within a point at 21-20, but a 4-2 run by UE finished off the sweep and a 25-22 victory.

The Aces outhit UTM, .239-.106 while notching nine team blocks and limiting the Skyhawks to four on the night.

A trip to Carbondale, Ill. awaits the Aces this weekend as they take on Southern Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m.  Evansville will not play at the Carson Center again until Oct. 19 when they square off against Missouri State.