Memphis comeback falls short
The Memphis Volleyball team tipped off the 2014 season with a 1-1 record at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic in St. Louis, Mo., on Friday afternoon.
The Memphis volleyball team tips off its 2014 campaign on Friday at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic hosted by the University of Saint Louis at Chaifetz Arena.
The Memphis volleyball team wrapped up its fall camp with the Blue/Gray scrimmage at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse Friday evening with the Blue team taking 3-of-5 games.
The Memphis volleyball team is set to tip off the 2014 campaign as it hosts FanFest on Friday evening at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Watch highlights of the Tiger volleyball team's annual Blue & Gray preseason scrimmage and hear from head coach April Jauregui as she talks about her outlook on the upcoming season.
Episode 52: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Memphis Volleyball Head Coach April Jauregui and talks about recent coaching changes and upgrades and the overview of the team moving into the Big East Conference in July 2013.
Episode 32: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Memphis Volleyball Head Coach April Jauregui and talks about recent road matches at Marshall and ECU, and upcoming home matches with ECU and Marshall. Sunday, 11/4 is Senior Night in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Episode 28: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Memphis Volleyball Head Coach April Jauregui and talks about the recent Conference USA road trips to East Carolina and Marshall.
Pictures from Memphis' match against Eastern Michigan on August 25, 2012.
One of six head coaches at the University of Memphis to have returned to their alma mater, April Jauregui is in her sixth season at the helm of the Tigers volleyball program heading into the 2013 season, Memphis' first in the new American Athletic Conference.
On Mar. 5, 2008, Jauregui, a former Tigers' assistant coach and Academic All-American, was named head coach, replacing its longest-tenured and all-time winningest coach, Carrie Yerty.
The eighth head coach in Memphis' 39-year history, Jauregui took the program's reins in the spring of 2008 after a three-year stint as an assistant under Yerty. Jauregui's familiarity with the program made the transition from assistant coach to head coach a smooth one.
Taking over the volleyball program at her alma mater is a dream fulfilled for Jauregui, who continues to build on the Tigers' past successes while also raising the program to an elite level.
In her first year in 2008, Jauregui showed that she was up to the challenge of guiding the Memphis program, leading an inexperienced Tigers squad to a 17-14 mark with just one senior and five newcomers. Three Tigers (Christine Bach, Carolyn Baker and Emily Underwood) earned C-USA postseason awards in Jauregui's inaugural campaign.
Year Two in 2009 proved to be a tough one for the Tigers. But under Jauregui's tutelage, Altrese Hawkins was named to the 2009 C-USA All-Freshman squad, and Bach and Becky Shaffer earned C-USA All-Academic honors. Hawkins would eventually leave Memphis as the program's all-time leader in kills with 1,806 kills and would be a three-time All-C-USA honoree.
Jauregui and the Tigers welcomed nine newcomers from around the globe in 2010 and had a successful campaign. The Tigers posted a 16-16 record, including a 9-3 non-conference mark, and won both the Memphis Tiger Invitational and Belmont Invitational in-season tournaments.
Jauregui's fourth year proved to be her best yet, posting a 20-13 record, and a 9-11 C-USA mark. The nine wins in the conference were the most for the Tigers since Jauregui took the job. She helped guide Altrese Hawkins to a second-straight All-C-USA first team selection. She and husband Gabe also welcomed their son, Aidan, into the family.
The Tigers got off to slow start in her fifth season, 2012, and ended the season with a 12-19 record. Memphis got hot late in the season, winning three straight contests to put themselves in conference tournament contention. However, the Tigers dropped the last match of the season and ended up in a three-way tie for seventh place in Conference USA. Memphis lost the tiebreaker, and narrowly missed the conference tournament. Hawkins, who set the program's career kills mark in 2012, was named All-C-USA first team for the third time in her career under Jauregui.
Memphis began the 2013 season with new expectations as a member of the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers hosted two tounraments at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse to begin the season, finishing as the runner-up in both. Jauregui and her squad struggled with a 7-11 finish in conference play. Without a conference tournament, the Tigers finished in seventh place and with a 15-17 overall record.
She enters her seventh season at Memphis with seniors Alexsandra Petronijevic and Lauren Wright. Petronijevic will begin 2014 with 1,618 career digs, which ranks her third on the all-time list. Wright is approaching 1,000 career digs, with 786 entering her senior season.
Upon the completion of her collegiate career and graduation from the Memphis in 2001, Jauregui moved on to Ohio University, where she served as the Bobcats' volunteer assistant while working towards her master's degree in the fall of 2001. While at Ohio, Jauregui oversaw the program's recruiting and travel. On the court, she was in charge of coaching the outside hitters.
After a solid first year, Jauregui took on added responsibilities as a full-time assistant under former Bobcats' head coach Mike Lessinger in 2002. In her two seasons with Ohio, Jauregui helped the Bobcats to a 36-25 mark, including a 25-9 finish in 2002. That 2002 squad won the program's first Mid-American Conference Tournament match while advancing to the league tournament semifinals.
Prior to taking the assistant post at Memphis, the Orange County, Calif., native spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons as an assistant coach under former U of M assistant Fiona Simmons at Lamar University.
Jauregui made the return to Bluff City in 2005 and quickly took charge of the Tigers' outside hitters. Her impact was immediate, as Memphis posted over 1,800 kills in three of her first five seasons. Former Tigers' outside hitter Ashley Liford posted a pair of the program's top performances from an outside en route an All-C-USA season in 2007.
Jauregui began her coaching career at the club level while still a student-athlete at Memphis. She led the Memphis Jr.'s and later coached the Spike Volleyball Club in Nashville, Tenn.
The former April Harriman was a standout outside hitter for Yerty at Memphis from 1997-2000. A highly-decorated player on the court, she still ranks 19th all-time with 1,071 career kills. Over her four-year career, Jauregui played in 129 matches and averaged over 250 kills per season. She led the 2000 Tiger squad with 494 kills, a mark that still stands in the program's top-10. One of five Tigers to record 30 kills in a match, Jauregui became the third to do so when she slammed down 30 kills in a win over cross-town foe Christian Brothers in the 2000 season.
A true student-athlete, she also excelled in the classroom as an eight-time Dean's List student. She was selected as the University of Memphis' top female student-athlete in 2000, when she earned the Elma Roane Award. She also was tabbed the University's Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2000.
A four-time recipient of the Conference USA Commissioner's Medal, Jauregui earned an honor that no other volleyball Tiger had ever received in 2000 when she was tabbed a CoSIDA Academic All-District first team performer and also became Memphis volleyball's first CoSIDA Academic All-American.
She graduated from Memphis summa cum laude with degrees in communications and political science in 2001. She completed her master's studies in organizational communication at Ohio University in the spring of 2002.
Jauregui came to Memphis after a storied high school career at Brethren Christian in Los Angeles. A two-time all-league performer, Jauregui departed the Warriors' program with single-match records for kills, blocks, aces and digs.
Jauregui became Brethren Christian's first female athlete to go to school on an athletic scholarship when she made the decision to attend Memphis. Jauregui was the salutatorian of her class and was named the 1996-97 California Intercollegiate Federation's Scholar Athlete of the Year.
An all-around athlete, Jauregui also lettered on the hardwood, earning honorable mention honors as a forward.
Jauregui is married to Gabriel Jauregui, who is a special education teacher and varsity volleyball coach at Cordova High School. He also served as the assistant basketball coach at Harding Academy and helped guide the Lions girls squad to the 2010 state title. The couple has one son, Aidan, and one daughter, Alaina.