Tiger Volleyball Splits Day Two of Mercer Bear Brawl, Finish Third
Sept. 10, 2005
MACON, Ga. -
Memphis (8-2) 30 30 34 Mercer (1-6) 22 27 32
Memphis got the day started with a tough sweep of the home team Mercer Bears, but dropped the weekend's final match 3-2 to Louisiana Tech. The Tigers finished 2-2 on the weekend to claim third place in the Mercer Bear Brawl. Junior middle blocker Melissa Nance was named to the All-tournament team.
The U of M improved to 8-2 in the early match, fueled by senior Nancy Nellans, junior Colette Ramirez and sophomore Ashley Liford. The trio downed 13, 12 and 11 kills each to lead the Tigers, who put up a 59-43 advantage in kills. Nance added nine kills and hit .368 for the Tiger offense. Freshman setter Laura Côtè set a match-high 49 assists.
Defensively, libero Christen Clayton led the Tigers with 15 digs. Nellans completed a double-double performance with 12 digs as did Côtè, who logged 10. Memphis held Mercer to just .156 hitting and also posted nine total blocks, led by five block assists by Ramirez.
Louisiana Tech (7-2) 30 28 23 32 18 Memphis (8-2) 26 30 30 34 16
Nellans ripped a match-high 24 kills and posted 31 digs to become just the third Tiger ever to record at least 30 digs in a match. Nance downed a career-high 17 kills for Memphis, but Louisiana Tech was able to outlast the Tigers to claim a five-game victory. Rosie Glenn (33) and Amie Hamilton (32) are the only other Tigers to have recorded at least 30 digs in a match.
The Tigers hit just .115 for the match, but hammered a season-high 74 kills. Liford and senior Fehi Tuivai finished with 13 and 11 kills, respectively. However, Memphis committed 50 attack errors to go along with 18 service errors in the loss.
Clayton finished the match with 15 digs and senior Kristen Hardee had 10 for Memphis, who dug a season-best 84 attacks. The U of M contained La Tech to a .118 percentage, while making 13 total blocks.
Memphis regrouped from a lackluster game three performance and held the lead for most of the fourth game until La Tech put on a rally to take a 23-19 lead. The Tigers responded by staging a 4-0 charge of their own to tie the contest at 23. A service ace by Christen Clayton broke a 32-32 tie and Nellans downed the game-winning kill to extend the match to the deciding fifth game. Nellans nailed nine kills in the fourth.
Memphis came out slow in game one against Louisiana Tech and trailed for the majority of the frame. The Tigers got six kills from Nellans in the first frame and Liford chipped in with five. However, the U of M made 10 attack errors en route to posting a lowly .146 percentage. Nellans made eight digs in the opening set.
Tuivai nailed seven kills in game two to lead Memphis to a come-from-behind win to tie the match a 1-1. For the second consecutive game neither team was able to eclipse the .200 attack percentage mark. Memphis hit .163 and held La Tech to .162.
The Tigers fell behind 17-3 early in the third and was never able to recover from such a deficit. A kill by Nellans cut the deficit to seven at 27-20, but that was as close as the Tigers could get before falling 30-23. Memphis hit a paltry -.068 in the game, but got four blocks to hold LTU to a .050 clip. Melissa Nance and Tuivai had three assisted blocks each in the game.