Offense Leads Tigers to Sweep of Florida Gulf Coast
Lauren Hawkins service line. Katie Meyer recorded two kills on the spurt while Altrese Hawkins registered one put away. Maja Kostic forced the second Eagle timeout of the set when she served up an ace to give the Tigers their largest lead of the frame, 16-7. The Eagles (4-5) tried to come back, getting within four points twice, but the Tigers took the first set 25-19. Memphis started slow in the second set, but the Tiger offense started to heat up again with the set tied at 10. Kostic ignited the attack with a kill, and Lauren Hawkins followed with back-to-back kills to put the Tigers up 13-11. The teams then traded points until Memphis went on a 4-0 to gain a commanding 19-15 lead. Altrese Hawkins and Meyer teamed up for a block that gave Memphis the 25-20 second set win. The third set was much tighter than the first two, as the teams were within a four point spread the entire set. The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind a Kostic ace and a Lauren Hawkins kill, only to see the Eagles come back. Florida Gulf Coast then held a 7-5 advantage, but the Tigers rolled off four straight points to take the lead. Memphis held a pair of three point advantages, but the Eagles came back to even the set at 15 apiece. Clinging to a 20-19 lead, Altrese Hawkins sparked a Tiger run with back-to-back kills. After an Eagle score, Meyer recorded a kill, and then teamed up with Altrese Hawkins on a block to give Memphis three chances at match point. However, the Eagles didn't go way easily as they rolled off four straight points to even the match. The Eagles proceeded to fight off three more Tiger match points before Altrese Hawkins ended the set with her 18 kill of the match, giving Memphis the 29-27, 3-0 victory. Altrese Hawkins recorded another double-double with team-highs of 18 kills and 15 digs. Lauren Hawkins also reached double figures with 11 kills and Kostic wasn't far behind with nine kills. Aleksandra Petronijevic chipped in with 14 digs while Jaden Louie dished out 47 assists. Lauren Hawkins led the team with four block assists while Meyer posted two solo blocks and three assists. The Tigers held Florida Gulf Coast to a .019 attack percentage in the match. Memphis will take on Illinois State later this evening at the Rocket Classic. First serve is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. eastern time.