Becca Reidy's 14 Kills Propel Rockets to 3-1 Win Over Tennessee-Martin
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Toledo bounced back from a tight opening set defeat on Friday to post a 3-1 (25-27, 25-23, 25-18, 28-26) triumph over Tennessee-Martin. The victory improved the Rockets’ overall record to 6-5 and dropped the Skyhawks’ record to 6-7.
UT utilized a balanced offensive attack with senior RSH Becca Reidy pacing the Midnight Blue and Gold with a match-best 14 kills and .357 attack percentage. She was joined in double figures by senior OH Lauren Rafdal (13 kills), senior MB Dakota Harkins (12 kills) and senior OH Jordan Kielty (12 kills).
Reidy was also one of three Rockets to post double-figure dig totals with 11, trailing freshman libero Ellen Hays (18) and senior S Adria Pryor (11). Harkins topped UT’s defensive efforts at the net with five blocks with junior MB Brooke Frazer contributing four rejections.
“Becca came up big for us today when we were struggling to score points,” Toledo Head Coach Greg Smith said. “This was a different-type match for us because Tennessee-Martin plays a style that we haven’t seen this season. I was really happy with our passing and defense, because that was important on a day we weren’t at the top of our game offensively.”
Junior OH Allie Whimpey led UTM offensively with 12 kills.
Toledo began its comeback in Set 2 when it scored 10 straight points to take a 13-9 advantage only to see UTM answer right back with a six-point run of its own for a 15-13 lead. With the score tied 21-21, a pair of Reidy kills helped put the Rockets up by a 24-21 margin and a Harkins blast even the set at 1-1.
UT jumped out to an 8-3 lead in Set 3 but the Skyhawks clawed back to get within three at 13-10. Toledo then scored three unanswered points, with two coming from Reidy, to take a 16-10 lead. The closest UTM would get would get the rest of the set was five points
The match appeared to be head to a fifth set before the Rockets rallied from a 19-12 deficit to come away with the win. UT chipped away at is deficit but was still down 23-20 before kills from Reidy and Kielty made it a one-point contest. A Skyhawks block put them one point away from winning the set but a Kielty evened the match at 24-24. UT went ahead 25-24 on a Whimpey hitting error but the Skyhawks hitting leader answered back to tie the set at 25-25. Kielty then registered kills for Toledo’s next two points with the Rockets tallying the winning point on a UTM attack error.
Toledo will close out its weekend with a pair of matches on Saturday vs. Green Bay (4-5) at 11:00 a.m. and Butler (11-2) at 7:00 p.m.