MARTIN, Tenn. – SIUE volleyball used a pair of marathon set wins Saturday to collect a 25-21, 13-25, 37-35, 28-26 road triumph at UT Martin.
"We did a great job staying balanced today," said SIUE Head Coach Kendall Paulus. "The team had a lot of energy and composure, which allows us to stay loose in the tight sets."
UT Martin, which dropped to 12-16 overall and 5-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference, picked up 18 kills from Megan Fair.
"We knew this match would be a fight because of how balanced they are as well," said Paulus.
UT Martin edged SIUE 59-58 in kills and also recorded nine service aces.
"We were challenged in the serve receive, and it was great to see us respond," added Paulus.
After a lengthy set three, SIUE's responded once again with a comeback in set four. Paulus called a timeout down 23-21 and the Cougars would win the next three points off the serve of Jordyn Klein to go up 24-23. UT Martin snapped back and gained two set points before the Cougars forced two attack errors from the Skyhawks offense.
With the win, SIUE secured a spot in the OVC Tournament coming up in two weeks. SIUE is now 8-6 in OVC action and 9-17 overall.