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UAM Volleyball: Day Two at the Ray Thrasher Memorial Tournament

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UAM Splits a Pair Day Two in Nashville

The UAM volleyball team split two matches on day two at the Ray Thrasher Memorial Tournament Saturday. The Blossoms went to five sets in each match defeating Union University and falling to host school Trevecca Nazarene.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team split two matches on day two at the Ray Thrasher Memorial Tournament Saturday. The Blossoms went to five sets in each match defeating Union University and falling to host school Trevecca Nazarene.

UAM moved to 5-4 on the season after splitting its two matches Saturday.

In their first match of the day UAM had to go the distance to take down Union University in five sets.

The opening set went back and forth with the teams exchanging leads five times and holding ties 11 different times. Union managed to have the lead when it mattered to hold on for the first set win 26-24.

In the second set UAM jumped to the early lead starting with a simple 3-1 run. The Blossoms had to battle as the Bulldogs responded keeping the contest and forcing a tie at 11-11. UAM made the push down the stretch to never let Union have the lead taking the second set 25-22.

The Blossoms controlled the third set after the two teams went back and forth early. UAM went on an 11-4 run that put the set away as the Blossoms closed out the third set 25-16.

The fourth set fell the way of the Bulldogs in a contested battle where each team exchanged runs before Union held on to force a fifth set winning 25-22.

In the decisive fifth set UAM the teams exchanged points throughout until the Blossoms got a pair of kills from Taylor Calhoun and Kinlee Martin to take the set 17-15 and the match 3-2.

UAM had four players tally double-digit kills in the contest with Faith Wilemon leading the way with 15.

Kalin Duncan put together an impressive effort spreading the ball around picking up 52 assists in the match.

Defensively, the Blossoms registered double-digit digs with Katelyn Richbourg pacing the team with 22.

In the second match of the day UAM battled the host school Trevecca Nazarene taking the loss in five sets.

The two teams traded leads early during the first set until the Trojans mounted a 9-4 run to take a late advantage. UAM did not go down quietly fighting back to ultimately take retake the lead scoring the final three points of the set to win 25-22

The Blossoms jumped out to the early advantage in the second set holding an 8-4 lead, but Trevecca Nazarene climbed its way back to make it a back-and-forth affair down the stretch. UAM was unable to hold off the Trojans dropping the second set 25-23.

In the third set UAM went out in front again early, but the Trojans responded once again this time storming past the Blossoms to take the set 25-17.

Another early advantage for UAM in the fourth set proved to be all the Blossoms needed to take care of the set. UAM cruised to a 13-4 lead before closing it out 25-15 to force a fifth and final set.

In the decisive set the two squads went back and forth until Trevecca Nazarene managed to pull away to win the set 15-10 and take the match.

Offensively, three players registered double-digit kills with Jamie Agnew leading the way with 12 followed by Mikaela Brown with 11 and Wilemon with 10.

Duncan led the team in the assist category again dishing out 37.

On defense, Richbourg tallied another 23 digs to lead the team.

UP NEXT

UAM travels for a GAC matchup with Arkansas Tech Tuesday, Sept. 14. First serve is at 6 p.m.

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