Volleyball Handed 3-1 Setback by Arkansas State
Sept. 14, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- - Memphis had four players reach double-digits in kills and assists, but a .134 attack percentage doomed them to a 3-1 loss against Arkansas State Tuesday in non-conference action at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers were led by Tiara Gilkey's fourth straight double-double (14 kills, 20 digs) and a career-high 20 digs from libero Emily Steckel.
The Indians clinched the four-game victory with a 20-10 run in fourth game. Down 18-10, Arkansas State used a pair of 3-0 runs and a 5-0 run to tie the game at 24. They then captured the lead at 27-26 and were able to hold on to win the match.
Memphis looked as if they had returned to their early season form with a 30-26 win in the first game. The Tigers out-killed 21-14 kills in the game.
ASU took control of the match with a win in the second game. The Indians defense held Memphis to a -.025 hitting percentage in Game two and a .148 clip in the third set, despite the Tigers holding a 18-16 advantage in kills.
Nancy Nellans posted 13 kills and 12 digs for Memphis, while Ashley Liford and Fehi Tuivai had 11 and 10 each. Heather Watts handed out a game-high 50 assists and 13 digs. The Tigers registered a season-high 85 digs in a losing effort.
"We need to do a better job of sticking to our game plan and we have to attack better from the outside," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We look forward to the opportunity to play at a higher level this weekend."
Memphis now looks ahead to this weekend when they face Louisiana Tech, Eastern Kentucky and Mississippi State in the MSU/Microtel Classic in Starkville, Miss. The Tiger will face the Lady Techsters at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, before Saturday's double header with EKU and Mississippi State.