Memphis Volleyball Collects 800th Program Victory
Aug. 26, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis (2-0) collected its 800th program victory Friday night with a four-set (19-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-12) win over Southeast Missouri in the Memphis Invitational. Altrese Hawkins finished with 18 kills and a .630 hitting percentage to lead the Tigers while Alexsandra Petronijevic finished with 21 digs on the evening. Freshman Lauren Hawkins also made her presence felt with eight kills on .400 hitting. Brittney Kalinoski recorded a double-double for SEMO with 11 kills and 13 digs.
The early stages of the first set were marred with passing miscues by the Tigers, as they dug themselves a three-point deficit, 7-4, to the Redhawks. Memphis would fight back and knot the game at 10-all behind several Altrese Hawkins' kills. However, SEMO continued to capitalize on Memphis errors and pushed the lead out to six, 19-13. The Redhawks held on to the six-point lead to win the set 25-19. SEMO was led by Colleen Yarber with four kills and Kalinoski with six digs in the set. Altrese Hawkins paced Memphis with seven kills on ten attempts (.700 percent).
After exchanging points to a 5-5 tie in the early moments of the second set, Memphis rallied to take a 10-6 lead, forcing a timeout by SEMO. A monstrous kill on a slide-attack by Lauren Hawkins gave Memphis a six-point lead, 12-6. In a reversal from the first set, Memphis took advantage of several SEMO receiving errors en route to a commanding 22-11 lead. However, the Redhawks wouldn't go quietly, twice cutting the lead down to six before an Altrese Hawkins kill closed the set, 25-18. Altrese Hawkins' impressive stats continued as she recorded 11 kills on 16 attempts (.688 percent) after two sets. Petronijevic recorded nine digs through two sets. For SEMO, Kalinoski finished the set with seven kills and eight digs.
Coming out of the break, Altrese Hawkins connected on a powerful kill as Memphis took a 6-2 lead. In a set in which Memphis passed the ball very well, SEMO was only able to pull within three on three separate occasions. Hawkins finished the set, 25-16, for Memphis with yet another kill from the outside.
Memphis jumped out to a 7-5 lead to start the fourth set. Altrese Hawkins continued her dominant aerial assault in the set as the Tigers built a 20-10 lead. Memphis put the game away, finishing out the set 25-12.
The Tigers will be back in action at noon on Saturday when they host UALR in more Memphis Invitational action at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Stay tuned to GoTigersGo.com for up-to-date information on all Tiger athletics.