Memphis Volleyball Splits Day Two of Belmont Invitational
Aug 31, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Memphis volleyball continued action in the Belmont Invitational Saturday morning as they took on the Miami University Redhawks. The Tigers fought throughout, but dropped the game 3-1. They returned to the court later in the afternoon to finish the tournament against Gardner-Webb. The Tigers controlled the game throughout and came away with the straight-sets victory against the Runnin' Bulldogs.
In the morning game each team took the court with an undefeated record on the young season, both having won their respective Friday night matches. The Tigers would battle through the first set, but come up short 25-19. Alexis Wesley led the offense with 5 kills and no errors while sophomore Veronica Zimmerman tallied 11 assists, three digs and added a kill.
The second set started with the teams fighting for a lead. Whenever one team would pull ahead the other answered. With the score tied 15-15 The Tigers would go on a run, capped by kills from freshman Catlin Lilly followed by one from Lauren Hawkins, giving the Tigers a 20-16 lead. Miami quickly tied things up back again, this time at 23-23. Viktorija Teivane gave the Tigers the 24-23 lead with an emphatic kill.
After the Redhawks tied things up at 24-24 the teams continued to trade points, till the score reached 27-27. A huge block from Hawkins gave the Tigers a 28-27 lead and then Lilly would finish things off with one of her 16 kills in the game.
After the break the Redhawks quickly jumped out to an early 8-2 lead. They stretched the lead to 13-3 with a 5-1 run and took the set 25-11.
Both teams came out firing in the fourth set, Sydni Etheredge scored back-to-back kills to tie the score at 5-5 but the Redhawks would pull ahead again, taking an 11-7 lead. Etheredge and Lauren Hawkins teamed up for back-to-back assisted blocks to pull the Tigers within two at 15-13. Hawkins followed up the two blocks by putting down a kill to bring the Tigers within one at 15-14. Miami once again put together a run to earn a slight lead at 22-18. The Tigers countered Miami's streak with one of their own, scoring six-straight points to take the lead at 24-22 and earning set-point. The Redhawks recovered, with a service error and a block to tie things up at 24-24. The teams traded points multiple times, highlighted by Lilly putting down two more kills. With the score tied at 28-28 the Redhawks continued their strong net presence, blocking two Memphis attacks to secure the 30-28 score and the win.
Lilly finished with her second double-double in as many collegiate games, as the freshman had 16 kills and 10 digs. Zimmerman finished with 44 assists, while Viktorija Teivane and Aleksandra Petronijevic both dug-out more than 20 balls each, as Teivane finished with 21 and Petronijevic dug out 28.
Memphis returned to the court again that afternoon facing-off against the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, highlighted by 2 big blocks by Alexis Wesley, but Gardner-Webb battled back to make the score 9-8. Etheredge continued her strong play on the weekend, teaming with Wesley for a block, followed by one of her nine kills in the game, pushing the lead to four at 16-12. Lilly another threw down another kill, pushing the score to 18-12.
The Bulldogs came out of a timeout and shortened their deficit to three at 20-17. After a Teivane kill, a net violation and ball handling error from Gardner-Webb gave the Tigers a 23-17 lead. Gardner-Webb would pull to 23-19 but Back-to-back attacking errors from Gardner-Webb gave the Tigers the set, 25-19.
Gardner-Webb jumped out to an early lead at 5-2, but the Tigers responded with a four-point run to take the lead 6-5. A pair of Lilly kills bookended a Gardner-Webb timeout. Lilly stretched her personal run to three points and gave the Tigers a 16-12 lead when she stuffed a Bulldog attack on the next play.
Gardner-Webb would pull within three points at 23-20 before a Teivane hammered down a kill, giving the Tigers set-point. A long rally, with great defensive plays on both sides, eventually ended with a ball-handling error on the Bulldogs.
The third set began with a 7-3 run for the Bulldogs, countered quickly by the Tigers, tying the score up at 11-11. The Tigers started to pull away, building the lead to three at 18-15. Gardner-Webb made it as close as 19-17 but the Tigers put together a 6-1 run to end the set and the game, highlighted by three service aces by Hawkins and Lilly throwing down the last kill.
On the weekend, Lilly led the Tigers with 46 kills, followed by Hawkins with 30. Zimmerman tallied 130 assists, while Petronijevic dug-out 80 balls and added 13 assists on her way to being named to the All-Tournament team.
The Tigers return to the court Friday, Sept. 6 when they host the Memphis Invitational. Also competing in the tournament will be Alabama A&M, Southeastern Louisiana and Western Carolina. Action starts at 10 a.m. Friday with the Tigers first playing at 1 p.m. against Alabama A&M.
Paige Hill, Miami(OH) -- MVP
Jenny Ingle, Miami(OH)
Meg Riley, Miami(OH)
Aleksandra Petronijevic, Memphis
Jamie Lundstrom, Belmont
Anna Pashkova, Gardner-Webb