Volleyball Falls to BYU, 3-0
Sept. 11, 2004
PROVO, Utah-- - The host BYU Cougars handed Memphis its second straight loss in a 3-0 sweep (30-25, 30-20, 30-17) before a crowd of 1,877 at Smith Fieldhouse in the BYU Mizuno Classic Friday night.
The Tigers and 38th ranked Cougars battled to gain control of the first game, and it was Memphis (5-2) that got out to a 17-13 lead midway through the frame on an Ashley Liford kill. The U of M maintained a 20-18 advantage after a Melissa Nance scoring attack, but BYU (3-1) then scored five unanswered points to claim a 23-20 lead. The lead grew to as much as four, at 27-22, but Memphis cut the deficit to just a pair 27-25 on a solo block by Tiara Gilkey. However, that would be the last point scored by the Tigers as the Cougars went on to win the game 30-25.
BYU used a 7-0 run to go ahead 14-8 in the second set. Memphis fought hard to get back into the game 15-12, but was unable to recover as the Cougars stretched the lead to as much as eight at 28-20 before finishing the game off, 30-20.
Memphis spotted BYU a 5-0 lead and had to play catch-up for the entire final game. The Cougars took a 9-1 lead and led by as much as 13 at 28-15 to prevent the U of M from salvaging a win and earn the sweep.
"I think that coming to this tournament has been a great opportunity for us," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "You have to be able to compete with good teams to be a good team. It was good for our team to play in that environment."
Liford led Memphis, who hit just .081 on the night, with nine kills. Heather Watts posted 26 assists and a team-high seven digs.
"Ashley (Liford) played a great game and Heather Watts was outstanding." said Yerty.
BYU had three players to record 10 or more kills, led by Kim Wilson and Erica Lott, who had 13 each.
"We started the match off strong against BYU, but couldn't hold up our intensity." said Christen Clayton.
Memphis looks to get back on the winning track when it concludes play in the BYU Mizuno Classic with a pair of matches on Saturday. The Tigers will play UCF at Noon and Utah Valley State at 5:30 p.m.