Tigers Put On Offensive Show To Defeat UALR
Aug. 27, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An impressive offensive showing helped the Memphis Tigers pull out a four-set (25-18, 25-14, 23-25, 25-15) win over UALR Saturday afternoon in the Memphis Invitational. The Tigers hit .314 for the match with 16 kills from junior Mariya Jovanovic and 14 from junior Altrese Hawkins to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Hawkins got the Tigers going in the first set with four kills on Memphis' first five points, helping the home team build an early lead. The Memphis block also proved formidable in the early stages of the match as UALR continually faced a wall of opposition. A Trojan timeout trailing 18-10 did nothing to slow down the Tigers as they forged ahead for the 25-18 win. Hawkins finished the set with seven kills on .667 hitting.
UALR kept it close early in set two, but the Tigers still managed to claw their way to a 15-10 advantage on the strength of four kills from Jovanovic. From there, it was all Memphis as the Tigers closed out the set on a 10-3 run to win, 25-14. Jovanovic hit a blistering .875 in the set with seven kills while the UALR attack managed just seven putaways and seven errors.
With their backs against the wall, the Trojans came out hot in set three to go up 5-1 and force an early Memphis timeout. The Tigers slowly chipped away at the lead out of the break until a kill from Hawkins finally put them in front, 11-10. But the lead was short-lived as a 4-0 UALR streak soon had the Tigers on their heels and trailing by two. With momentum on their side, the Trojans squeezed out the 25-23 victory to stay alive in the match.
After getting strong offensive output in the first three sets, hitting errors plagued the Tigers early in set four. But it was a Trojan miscue that sparked a 4-0 Memphis run to give the Tigers a 10-8 lead. Back-to-back service aces from Jovanovic increased the advantage to 14-9. The opening was all Memphis needed as the Tigers sprinted to a 25-15 win.
The Tigers will close out the Memphis Invitational Saturday night with a 7 p.m. match against Georgia State in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.