Seniors Lead Tigers to Sweep of North Florida
Sept. 1, 2012
Aleksandra Petronijevic. Following a Marija Jovanovic kill, Maja Kostic forced an Osprey timeout with back-to-back kills to pull Memphis within 17-16. The Tigers gained the lead and extended it to 23-21, only to see the Ospreys comeback to even the set at 23. After the Ospreys held off the first set point, Jovanovic ended the 26-24 Tiger win with one of her six kills in the set. The Tigers (1-5) needed to come back again in the second set, as they trailed 19-15 near the end of the second set. Memphis scored four of the next five points to force a North Florida timeout. Coming out of the break, the Tigers came back to even the set at 21. The Ospreys gained leads over the next couple points, only to see Memphis match the points. Altrese Hawkins then gave Memphis a 24-23 lead, and a chance at set point, with one of her five kills in the set. Jovanovic and Hawkins then recorded consecutive kills before the Tigers took the set 27-25, taking a 2-0 lead in the match. Holding a slim 7-6 lead in the third set, Hawkins recorded a kill to spark a quick run. Jaden Louie followed with a service ace and Jovanovic ended the 3-0 run with one of her 11 kills in the match. The Ospreys came back and took a pair of leads, but the Tigers responded with a 5-1 run to take control of the set. Jovanovic started the run with a kill and Viktorija Teivane followed with an ace. Hawkins put Memphis up 22-18 with her 11th kill of the match, which moved her into fifth place on the Memphis all-time kills list. Hawkins also hammered home the final two kills of the match to give Memphis the 25-19 set win and their first victory of the year. Hawkins led the team with 13 kills to go along with 10 digs for the double-double. Kostic followed with a career-high 12 kills and Jovanovic posted 11 kills. Louie registered a match-high 38 assists while Petronijevic posted 16 digs. Katie Meyer was big at the net, recording two solo blocks and two block assists. Memphis will wrap up play at the Courtyard Charleston North Classic when the play host, College of Charleston tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. College of Charleston will provide both live video and live stats for the match.