Volleyball Sweeps Day One of Memphis Invitational Tournament
Sept. 3, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- -
The Memphis offense produced 19 services aces to power the Tigers to a 3-0 (30-14, 30-16, 30-15) shutout of Tennessee State (0-2) in its season opener and followed with 12 more to blank Alabama A&M (1-2) 3-0 (30-20, 30-22, 30-16) in the nightcap of the Memphis Invitational Tournament at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
In the nightcap, Memphis jumped out to an 8-0 lead, behind the serve of Melissa Nance, who finished with four aces. The Tigers never looked back en route to its second consecutive three-game sweep. Senior Tiara Gilkey (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Nancy Nellans (South Bend, Ind.) led the Tiger offense with nine kills each, while Heather Watts (Sandy, Utah) recorded 33 assists. For the second match, Memphis recorded double-figures in service aces, led by Christen Clayton (Houston, Texas) and Melissa Nance (Frankfort, Ind.), who each had four to help the Tigers improve to 2-0.
In the opener, the defense along with the serve propelled Memphis to victory against the Tigers of Tennessee State as three Tigers finished with double-digit-dig performances to open the season. Watts led the way with 16 to go along with 34 assists and four kills, while Gilkey and Clayton each had 11. Clayton also had a career-high six service aces. Gilkey and Kristen Hardee (Sante Fe, Texas) led the team offensively with eight kills each. Freshmen Ashley Liford (San Antonio, Texas) and Shelby Burton (San Antonio, Texas) each collected four kills in her first taste of collegiate action.
In other action of the tournament, UIC swept a pair of matches with wins over Tennessee State and Delaware State. Tennessee State and Delaware State both went 0-2 on the day. Alabama A&M split its two matches with a win over DSU.
Day two of the tournament will see Alabama A&M take on Tennessee State in the opening match at 9 a.m. Memphis will face Delaware State (1-3) for the first time in program history at 11:30 a.m. with UIC-AAMU match following at 2 p.m. TSU and Delaware State will take the court at 4:30 p.m. and the Tigers will wrap up the 2004 Memphis Invitational Tournament against UIC (2-1) at 7p.m.