Volleyball Drops 3-2 Decision to Birmingham-Southern
Sept. 6, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis volleyball team (4-3) dropped its second game of the day, 3-2, to Birmingham-Southern (2-4) in the first day of competition at the Cal's Steakhouse Memphis Tournament, Friday.
The Tigers rushed out to a 10-4 lead in game one, and had game point on the Panthers, 29-23, when service errors and attack errors brought BSC even at 30 apiece. The two teams exchanged leads and were knotted at 33 apiece when sophomore Tiara Gilkey (Creve Couer, Mo./Pattonsville) aced the Panther defense for a 34-33 Memphis advantage. A BSC attack error gave Memphis the first game, 35-33.
Game two was dominated by BSC, as the Panthers hit .275 with just five errors while the Tigers hit .078, committing 10 errors while downing just 14 kills. The Panthers won game two 30-22 and took game three 30-24 before Memphis battled back with its best offensive hitting percentage of the match with 20 kills and just eight errors on 50 attacks (.240). The Tigers took the fourth game, 30-20, to force a deciding game five, but Birmingham-Southern took a 3-0 lead and never looked back, winning the fifth game 15-12. Rachel Malmborg led the Panthers with 18 kills, while Jenny Thomasson added 15 and Stephanie Harrington added 11. Four of the six Panther players who played tallied double-digit digs, led by 21 from Harrington.
Gilkey led the Tigers with a career-high 25 kills and four block assists, while Brittany Barnett (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands) added 12 and Brooke Chrisman (Katy, Texas/Katy) added 10. Freshman Lauren Berg (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) led the Tiger defense with a career-best 25 digs, while Barnett also surpassed the 20-dig plateau with 21. Freshman Nan Kimbrell (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) led Memphis with three service aces.
The Tigers square off with in-state rival Middle Tennessee at 12:30, Saturday, and wrap up the tournament schedule against Appalachian State (6-1) at 7:30 p.m.
In Other Cal's Steakhouse Tournament Action
- Freshman Chrissy Finch downed a game-high 13 kills to help Appalachian State remain undefeated at 6-0 in a 3-0 win over Birmingham-Southern in the Cal's Steakhouse tournament opener. Finch was joined by Katherine Dean and Kali Rumberger, who added 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Rachel Malmborg led Birmingham-Southern with 12 kills, while Kyndall Waters led the defense with 13 digs.
- Middle Tennessee (4-2) handed Appalachian State its first loss of the season (6-1), 3-1. MT's KeKe Deckard led the way with 12 kills, while Erin Hillstrom and Jennifer Hignite each added 10. A very balanced Blue Raider offense also had three other Blue Raiders with seven or more kills in the win. Deckard led the defense with 13 digs, while Kelly Quinn added 11. Middle Tennessee faces tournament host Memphis at 12:30, Saturday before wrapping up the tournament against Birmingham-Southern, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Appalachian State was led by Katherine Dean and her game-high 21 kills. Chrissy Finch was the only other Mountaineer to hit double digits with 10 kills of her own in the loss. Appalachian State has just one game remaining on its schedule, facing host Memphis in the tournament finale at 7:30 p.m., Saturday.