Tiger Volleyball Sweeps Coastal Carolina
Aug. 25, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Memphis (0-2) 30 30 30 Coastal Carolina (0-2) 26 21 20
After falling in four games in each of the first two matches, the University of Memphis volleyball squad got on the board in the win column with a sweep of Coastal Carolina in its final match of the Louisville Invitational. The Memphis offense finally got going, and led by a double-double performance by senior Ashley Liford (17 kills, 11 digs), hit .319 to finish in third place in the four-team field.
The Tigers offense got on track early and got solid work from its two seniors, who both downed five kills in the opening set. Neither team could put together a rally of more that two points early on, but Memphis was able to take advantage of seven Coastal Carolina miscues to take charge with a 14-9 cushion. CCU made a run at the UofM lead with a four-point push to cut the lead to 14-13. That was as close as the Chanticleers came in a 30-26 Tiger win.
The Memphis offense increased its intensity in game two. Four kills from Shelby Burton, Kelsey Labrum and Liford helped the Tigers to a .308 attack clip. Labrum got the Tigers going with a kill to open the game and Memphis went on to score five of the first six points. The freshman downed eight kills and hit .500. The UofM maintained the four-point cushion until Coastal put together three consecutive scores to cut the Tigers lead to just one point at 11-10. Memphis saw Coastal use a 4-0 rally to take a 16-14 advantage, forcing a Tiger timeout. That would be the turning point in the game as Memphis came out of the timeout and outscored CCU 11-3 to go up 26-19. Included in that surge was a 6-0 rally that was highlighted by the block of Emily Underwood. The 6-4 redshirt freshman came on in a reserve role and made a pair of blocks that got the Memphis defense on track. Underwood then capped the game with one of her four kills.
It was more of the same for Memphis in the final frame, as Liford, who hit .483 in the match, put away eight kills, including the match-winner. With the score knotted at 2-2, Burton fueled a 7-0 run with a kill and a pair of blocks to give the Tigers a 9-2 advantage. That was all Memphis needed to finish the match off.
Offensively, Burton returned to form with a 13-kill, .524 outing. Laura Côté handed out a match-best 40 assists.
Libero Christine Bach posted her third consecutive match with 10 or more digs. She finished with 11. Memphis got five blocks from Labrum and three apiece from Burton and Underwood en route to out blocking the Chanticleers 7-3. Memphis held CCU to .054 and .114 hitting in games two and three, respectively.