Memphis Volleyball Sweeps Previously Undefeated Valparaiso, 3-0
Sept. 13, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Memphis volleyball team started off the 2013 Evansville Tournament with a bang, taking down previously undefeated Valparaiso in straight sets, 25-21, 30-28, 25-18. With the win the Tigers improve to 5-2 on the year, while Valparaiso falls to 8-1.
"Tonight was a great win for the program," said head coach April Jauregui. "Valpo is a very good team that has some impressive wins this year against Iowa and the University of Central Florida. We did a really good job sticking to the game plan this week. I'm happy with how the team executed throughout the night."
McKenzie Hayes got things started in the first set with one of her 10 kills as the freshman got her first collegiate start less than an hour away from her home town of Tell City Ind. The Tigers built off of Hayes' kill, jumping out to an 8-3 lead. The Crusaders would battle back and finally tie the score at 17-17. Valparaiso took their first lead of the set at 21-20, but the Tigers would counter with a 5-0 run to take the set. The set was capped by Alexis Wesley and Hayes teaming together for a block.
The Tigers had five total team blocks in the first set, with Viktorija Teivane, Veronica Zimmerman, Catlin Lilly, Alexis Wesley, Katie Meyer and Hayes all getting in on the action. The net presence for the Tigers was led by Wesley and Meyer as the two combined for one solo block and 3 assisted blocks in the first set. The duo finished the game with three solo blocks and seven assisted blocks as they pressured Valparaiso hitters at the net throughout the night.
The Crusaders jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead in the second set. The Tigers battled back and a Wesley kill down the middle tied the score at 11-11. The teams battled back and forth, with Valpo pulling ahead 16-13 but the Tigers tying the score up at 18-18. The teams continued to trade points, as the set went well past 25 point. The Crusaders had set point three times, but failed to execute. Hayes continued her strong game, throwing down a kill to tie the score 28-28. A Crusader attack error gave the Tigers set point and Meyer and Hayes continued the trend of the night as they teamed together for a block to end the set.
The Tigers improved to 7-0 in the second set this year. Hayes put down six kills in the second set, hitting .357. Teivane had five kills and five digs in the second set, as the senior finished the night with her third double-double of the season and fifth double digit dig effort.
Valparaiso started the third set the same way as the second, quickly. They jumped to a 5-1 lead, but the Tigers answered quickly with a nine-point run to take a 9-5 lead. Memphis stretched the lead to 16-8 with a block by Zimmerman and Meyer. The Crusaders pulled within three points at 20-17 but the Tigers took advantage of Valpo attack errors before Wesley putting down the final kill and finishing the sweep.
The Tigers finished the night with 11 total team blocks, after coming into the match with just 29 through the first six matches. Lilly joined Teivane with a double-double, with 10 kills and 13 digs. The freshman now has four double-doubles through her first seven collegiate matches.
Memphis returns to the court Saturday Sept. 14 at noon when they face-off against the host University of Evansville Purple Aces. They'll finish up at the Evansville Tournament immediately following that game when they take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars at 2:30.