Rockets Top Tigers in Four Sets
Altrese Hawkins gave the Tigers a side out and served three straight points to put Memphis up 16-8 before Toledo took another timeout. Coming out of the break, Marija Jovanovic recorded a kill to put Memphis up 17-8. The Tigers cruised to the 25-17 victory behind a .344 attack percentage and eight Hawkins' kills. That momentum didn't last long however, as the Rockets scored 10 of the first 14 points of the third set. The Toledo lead grew to as many as eight points in their 25-18 third set win. The teams traded points early in the fourth set before Memphis went on a quick 3-0 spurt to take a 10-7 lead following a Lauren Hawkins kill. Altrese Hawkins recorded another kill, stretching the lead to 12-8 and forcing a Rocket timeout. Katie Meyer recorded a kill coming out of the timeout, but then the Toledo offense started to heat up. The Rockets finally evened the score at 15 and took a 16-15 lead before the Tigers took a timeout. Toledo took a 19-15 following an 11-3 run, and the outscored the Tigers 6-5 to take the set 25-20. Altrese Hawkins led the Tigers with a double-double, 20 kills and 13 digs. Jaden Louie passed out 21 assists, and Veronica Zimmerman dished out 16 helpers. Aleksandra Petronijevic recorded a team-high 19 digs. Memphis matched a season-high with nine blocks in the match. "We continue to have some solid individual performances. What we are looking for and building towards is that cohesive team performance. That is a process and one we are making strides towards every day at practice and in every match," head coach April Jauregui said. "I believe in this team and this group of girls. As coaches we continue to press forward and work in the gym. I know those results will come as long as we keep working towards execution of our offensive and defensive system." Memphis will get right back at it as the take on Florida Gulf Coast University at 10:00 a.m. eastern time on Saturday. The Tigers will the face Illinois State University at 5:00 p.m. eastern time to conclude play at the Rocket Classic.