Shelby Burton Downs 1,000th Career Kill In Sweep of Loyola
Aug. 31, 2007
CHARLESTON, Ill. -
Memphis (2-3) 30 30 30 Loyola (1-3) 21 18 25
Senior Shelby Burton pounded 11 kills to become the 20th Memphis volleyball player to reach 1,000 career kills, and freshman Kelsey Labrum put away a match-high 13 kills to lead the Tigers to a sweep of Loyola Friday night at the Eastern Illinois Pepsi Challenge. Memphis got 15 digs from libero Becky Shaffer.
The Tigers wasted little time gaining control of the match, as they used a four-point run to break a 2-2 tie. A kill by Burton extended Memphis' cushion to 18-10 as the Tigers cruised to a 30-21 lead.
Memphis continued its all-around dominance in game two, hitting .387 and holding Loyola to a .000 percentage. The Tigers opened the set with a 5-0 run and never trailed, despite a pair of rallies that cut the Memphis lead to one point. With a 13-12 advantage, Rebekah Strickland made her debut at the middle hitter position and provided Memphis with energy and much-needed production in the middle. Strickland, who usually plays on the outside, knocked down three kills as Memphis outscored the Ramblers 17-6 over the last half of the game. Strickland finished the night with five kills, a .444 attack average and one block.
Both squads battled closely in the early-goings of the third frame, but Memphis grabbed command when Laura Côté and Sarah Bury downed consecutive kills to give the Tigers a 7-5 lead. Loyola closed an eight-point Memphis lead to just one point at 21-22. The UofM scored eight of the final 12 rallies to clinch the sweep.
Memphis, who improves to 2-3 on the year, will face Indiana State and Iona at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, respectively.