Volleyball Falls in Championship Game at Arkansas State
Aug. 30, 2003
JONESBORO, ARK . - Despite coming back from a 2-0 deficit, the University of Memphis (3-1) volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season, 3-2, in the championship game of the Arkansas State Classic Volleyball Tournament, Saturday.
Memphis came out and dropped the first two games, hitting below .100 in both games against an aggressive Indian blocking game that tallied 10 total blocks in the first two games alone.
But behind the Tiger defense of All-Tournament team member Tiara Gilkey and senior Brittany Barnett, the Tigers came back to win game three with their best offensive outing of the night. Barnett led the Tigers with 21 digs, including 11 in games three and four. Gilkey, who finished with 21 digs was one of two Tigers to post 21 kills in the loss. Sophomore Nancy Nellans added 21 kills of her own, while Barnett finished with 14.
The Tigers struggled with their rotation in the second and fifth games, with the incorrect serving rotation costing Memphis points, and having points docked from their score at 8-6 in crucial game five.
Gilkey and setter Heather Watts were named to the all-tournament team. Watts led the Tigers with 64 assists and three service aces. Memphis was outblocked in the game 11-4 and hit just .200 for the match.
Memphis participates in the Davidson College tournament next weekend just outside of Charlotte, N.C