Tiger Volleyball Sweeps Day One of Memphis Invitational
Sept. 7, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Shelby Burton hammered a match-high 13 kills against Nicholls State, and followed with 11 kills in the nightcap versus Austin Peay as the University of Memphis volleyball team fought its way to a pair of sweeps in the opening day of the Memphis Invitational. The Tigers, who extend their win streak to five matches, improve to 6-3 on the year.
Memphis opened action of its preseason tournament with the 11:30 a.m. matchup with the Colonels. Behind Burton's .684 attack percentage and a .700 attacking clip by setter Laura Côté, the Tigers hit .274 in the contest. Côté's hitting percentage ranks sixth all-time at Memphis, while Burton's stands at eighth all-time. Côté set 41 assists and added eight kills in the match. The UofM maintained a 51-35 edge in the kills department and a 48-35 advantage in assists.
Freshman libero Becky Shaffer led all players with 16 digs.
The nightcap saw Memphis struggle with the Lady Govs in all three games, but eventually the Tigers were able to pull away late in each set.
Ashley Liford dominated play with a match-best 16 kills and a solid .517 attacking average. The senior committed just one error to lead Memphis to a .332 match percentage. Freshman Kelsey Labrum added seven kills and Sarah Bury pounded out eight kills. Memphis hit .314 in the opening set and closed the match out with a strong offensive outing in game three with 20 kills and a .375 clip. Côté posted a double-double of 41 assists and 10 digs.
Defensively, Memphis smothered Austin Peay, out digging the Lady Govs 53-44. Libero Christine Bach made 10 digs, and combined with the UofM's blocking at the net, limited APSU to .052 hitting for the match. The Tigers out blocked the Lady Govs 12-3 in the contest. Burton led the charge with eight blocks. Côté and Bury made five blocks each.
Memphis will battle UALR and Mississippi State in a doubleheader on Saturday. The Tigers and Trojans will meet at 2 p.m. Memphis will face Mississippi State in the finale at 7 p.m.