Volleyball Sweeps Day One of O'Charley's Tiger Invitational
Sept. 2, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
UAPB (0-2) 20 12 9 Memphis (3-1) 30 30 30
Alabama A&M (1-4) 15 21 20 Memphis (4-1) 30 30 30
Freshman setter Laura Côté tied a Memphis volleyball record for aces in a match with nine, to lead the Tigers to a sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the first of two matches of the day at the O'Charley's Tiger Invitational Tournament. The Tigers finished the match with 23 aces to highlight a pair of three-set wins on Friday. Memphis followed the sweep of the Lady Lions with a sweep of Alabama A&M in the nightcap to improve to 4-1.
The Tigers had little trouble in either match, opening the day by hitting .398, while holding the Lady Lions to just 10 kills and a -.019 attack percentage. The ace proved to be the most potent weapon in the Tigers arsenal, behind Côté's nine. At one point, the freshman served up five consecutive aces. Junior libero Christen Clayton added seven aces, while senior outside hitter Nancy Nellans posted four. Sophomore middle hitter Shelby Burton led the Tiger's offense with nine kills and a .400 attack percentage. Four U of M players finished with hitting percentages of .350 or better.
Defensively, Clayton paced the Tigers with nine digs. Memphis won the digs battle 31-18.
Memphis took control of the second match early en route to posting a 44-23 advantage in kills and hitting .388. Sophomore Ashley Liford nailed a match-high 11 kills, while Clayton had eight digs.
The ace was again a powerful part of the U of M offense as Nellans finished with eight. The Tigers had several players hit at least .375 in the match, led by Burton who hit .636 and downed 8 kills with just one error.
Memphis, who has claimed the title of the tournament in each of the last two seasons, will look to make it three-straight on Saturday when they face UT-Martin at 11:30 a.m. and Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m.