Memphis Volleyball Starts 2013 With 5-Set Win Over Belmont
Aug 30, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Memphis Volleyball team kicked off the 2013 season at the Belmont Invitational Friday night taking on the host Belmont Bruins. The Tigers took the first two sets but had to hold off the Bruins in a 5-set victory.
In the first set the Tigers started strong; with an early 8-0 run to take 15-9 lead. The teams traded points but the Tigers continued to widen their lead, and finished off the Bruins at 25-13. The Tigers had an attack percentage of .407, with 12 kills and only one error, in the first set compared to .000 for the Bruins. The Bruins made it a lot closer in the second, but the Tigers took the set 25-21.
Belmont came out swinging in the third set, hoping to avoid the sweep to start the season. The set went past 25 points, as the Bruins eventually pulled out the 28-26 win.
The Bruins continued their hot streak in the fourth set, using an early 8-2 run to pull ahead 12-5. Memphis pulled within striking distance multiple times, but the Bruins eventually took the set 25-17 and pushed the match to five sets.
The pace of the match reach a fever pitch in the fifth set, as neither side ever led by more than 3 points. Alexis Wesley stuffed a Belmont attack to give the Tigers a 15-14 lead. Freshman Michaella Moss took the serve for the match and the Monument, Colo. native served into a Bruin error to secure the win for the Tigers.
"Great win tonight for our team," said head coach April Jauregui. "I was excited about how we started the match strong. That was an area of focus this week. It was a battle of momentum and luckily the ball went our way in the fifth set. IT was an all around team effort. Our goal this weekend is to continue to improve every match. We have two more tomorrow and want to walk away with our best."
Catlin Lilly impressed in her first collegiate action, as the New Albany, Ind. native delivered a double-double, finishing with 15 kills and 18 digs. Fellow freshman Moss started alongside Lilly and supplied 4 kills and 9 digs in addition to the final serve.
The Tigers return to the court at 10 a.m. Saturday morning against the Miami University Redhawks. Memphis will complete their action at the Belmont Invitational with a 3:30 p.m. match against Gardner-Webb.