Volleyball Sweeps Central Arkansas and Murray State to Improve to 11-1
Sept. 15, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Central Arkansas (6-5) 31 18 18 Memphis (10-1) 33 30 30
Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Bury posted 10 kills and 15 digs to lead Memphis to a sweep of Central Arkansas, and Ashley Liford downed a match-high 18 kills and added 11 digs to guide the Tigers past Murray State, 3-0 in the nightcap. Memphis improves to 11-1 with the pair of wins.
The second match of today's double dip pitted a pair of one-loss teams against each other after both teams earned sweeps in their early matches. Memphis emerged as the stronger of the two behind Liford's double-double and 18 kills from Bury. Setter Laura Côté dished out a match-high 49 assists.
Memphis raced out to a 30-24 win in game one, but struggled in game two. Trailing 29-27, the Tiger staged a furious comeback and scored the game's final four points to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
The Memphis defense held MSU to a .140 attacking clip in the final set to clinch the victory.
In Memphis' opening match, Burton led all performers with 14 kills, while Melissa Nance chipped in with 10 kills and a .615 hitting percentage to hold off the upset-minded Sugar Bears.
On the defensive side of the net, Burton rejected seven UCA attacks and Clayton made a match-high 15 digs to hold Central Arkansas to a .045 clip for the match.
The Tigers got all they wanted from UCA in the opening match, trailing by as much as eight points midway through the frame. Trailing 23-19, Memphis used a 6-0 run late in the set to take a 25-23 cushion. From then on the Tigers were able to hold the advantage until a kill by Bury sealed the win.
Memphis then held UCA to hitting percentages of .091, in game two, and -.111 in the final game.
The Tigers will match up with Alabama A&M at 2 p.m. tomorrow, followed by a meeting with former C-USA foe, DePaul at 7 p.m.