Carrie Yerty Collects Win No. 213 with Sweep of Indiana State
Sept. 1, 2007
CHARLESTON, Ill. -
Memphis (3-3) 32 30 30 Indiana State (1-3) 30 16 22
Memphis head coach Carrie Yerty made history this afternoon when a Tiger sweep of Indiana State propelled her into the top spot on the UofM's all-time coaching victories list Saturday in the Eastern Illinois Pepsi Challenge. Memphis then got 19 kills from Shelby Burton to cruise to a sweep of Iona and finish the weekend with a 3-1 record.
Memphis defeated Indiana State in all statistical categories and had three players reach double-figures in kills. Burton led the way with 13 kills. Freshman Kelsey Labrum and senior Ashley Liford chipped in with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Setter Laura Côté set a match-best 42 assists.
Game one proved to be the tightest contest of the match as Memphis fell behind big early. A service ace by Indiana State gave the Sycamores a 17-9 lead. That is when the Tigers began its efforts to claw its way back into the set. A kill by Liford and Sarah Chamber's first career service ace fueled a four-point rally that closed the gap to 17-13. The Tigers continued to battle and put together a 4-0 run to pull even at 22-all. After a Sycamore timeout, Memphis forced an attack error that gave the Tigers their first lead since early in the game. The two squads see-sawed back-and-forth until a Lauren Thompson kill made it 31-30. The UofM then benefited from an ISU ball handling error to claim the win, 32-30.
Game two was a different story, as the Tiger defense limited Indiana State to -.036 hitting, while putting up a .312 average of its own. After scoring the first six points of the period, Memphis pushed rallies of seven points and four points to take hold of a 17-point lead at 26-9.
Memphis defense held ISU under .200 hitting again in the final frame. However, a slow start forced the Tigers to come up with another come-from-behind win. Trailing 15-11 midway through, the Tigers scored on seven of the next eight rallies, including a five-point surge that gave them an 18-16 lead. A Liford kill ignited another five-point run. This one, however, gave them a sizeable 27-21 lead late in the game. Emily Underwood put down a kill and Burton ended the match with consecutive scores for the 30-22 final
For the match, Memphis hit .259 to Indiana State's .138 average. The Sycamores out blocked the Tigers 11-3, but behind a match-high 12 digs by Liford and Becky Shaffer, Memphis maintained a plus-15 advantage in digs. Côté had 10 digs and was five kills shy of a triple-double. She and Liford both recorded double-doubles.
Iona College (0-6) 25 19 17 Memphis (4-3) 30 30 30
Memphis rode the strength of 19 kills from Burton and got strong offensive performances throughout the lineup to hit .350 and race to a sweep of Iona in its final match of the Eastern Illinois Pepsi Challenge.
Iona and Memphis battled through 12 ties in the opening game until Labrum buried a kill to put the Tigers on top 13-12. That kill ignited a four-point push that made it 16-12 in favor of the Tigers. The UofM maintained a two-point cushion before Thompson pounded a kill and Burton followed with two more kills to put the game out of reach, 24-19. The lead was expanded to six points before Iona used a 5-0 run to cut it down to a single point, at 26-25. Memphis, who hammered down 22 kills and hit .318 in the set, answered with a kill by Thompson to hold off the Gaels rally. That kill started a game-ending 4-0 surge. Thompson powered home a personal-best nine kills for the UofM offense,
In game two, Underwood broke an 8-8 tie with one of her three kills, and scored on nine of the next 13 serves to climb ahead by five-points after a service ace by Burton. Burton added five aces, five digs and three blocks to her stellar offensive output. Memphis capped the game with a 7-1 run to take a commanding two-game lead. A power-packed offensive performance resulted in a .421 hitting clip in the second period and the defense held Iona to .188 hitting.
Memphis wrapped up its weekend by holding the Gaels to a .026 average in the final frame. Consecutive kills by Katlin Inglish put the Tigers up by eight scores at 14-6 and an attacking error by the Gaels increased the Memphis advantage to 22-12. Two kills each by Rebekah Strickland and Inglish rounded out the weekend with a 30-17 triumph.
Côté handed out 43 assists and added eight digs and five kills. Memphis outdueled Iona 58-35 in kills. Shaffer made 11 digs to lead the Memphis defense, that out dug IC 51-41.
Memphis does not play again until Friday's home opener against Nicholls State in the Memphis Invitational. First serve is set for 11:30 a.m.