Tigers Take Split on Final Day of the Tiger Invitational
Go Tigers! Altrese Hawkins led the Tigers with 16 kills, 10 digs and five aces against Alabama A&M.
Go Tigers!
Altrese Hawkins led the Tigers with 16 kills, 10 digs and five aces against Alabama A&M.
Go Tigers!

Sept. 15, 2012

Box Score vs. Alabama A&M

Box Score vs. Louisiana

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Coming off of a pair of victories on Friday, the University of Memphis volleyball team looked to keep rolling on Saturday at the Tiger Invitational. The Tigers did just that in their first match of the day, earning a 3-0 sweep over Alabama A&M. Memphis' streak would come to an abrupt halt in the nightcap against Louisiana, however, as the Ragin' Cajuns handed the Tigers their only loss of the tournament, 3-1.

With the score knotted at five in the first set against Alabama A&M, Altrese Hawkins sparked a 3-0 Tiger spurt with one of her 16 kills in the match. Lauren Hawkins gave the Tigers their largest lead of the set, 16-9 with a kill as Memphis went on to take the set 25-18.

The Tigers kept rolling in the second set as they turned a 2-2 tie in to a 10-4 advantage, forcing a Bulldog timeout. Marija Jovanovic recorded two kills on the run for the Tigers. Coming out of the timeout, Viktorija Teivane stretched the Tiger lead to 11-4 with one of her eight kills in the match. However, Alabama A&M (1-14) tried to come back, getting within 14-11, but the Tigers responded with two quick points. From there, the Tigers went on to take the set 25-19.

The Bulldogs turned the script on the Tigers in the third set as they jumped out to a 10-4 lead. The Tiger deficit grew to 16-9 before an Altrese Hawkins kill started a Tiger rally. Katie Meyer and Jovanovic followed with a block and a Jovanovic kill brought the Tigers within four. After a Bulldog point, Lauren Hawkins recorded kills around a Jovanovic put away, and the Tigers trailed 17-15.

Veronica Zimmerman evened the set at 20 with her only kill of the match. The score was again tied at 22 when Altrese Hawkins put Memphis ahead with an ace. Jovanovic gave Memphis a chance at match point with another kill. She then ended the match with her 12th kill of the match, giving Memphis the 25-23 set win. Memphis hit .410 in the final set, recording 21 kills against just five errors on 39 attempts.

Altrese Hawkins recorded team-highs of 16 kills and 10 digs for the double-double. Memphis served up a season-high 11 aces in the match, led by Hawkins' five.

In the nightcap the Tigers fell behind Louisiana (8-7) early in the first set and could not recover. The Ragin' Cajuns scored the first three points and 14 of the first 17 to take a commanding 14-3 lead. The Tiger deficit grew to as many as 14 points as Louisiana took the set 25-13.

Memphis (5-9) tried to turn the table in the second set, jumping out to a 5-2 lead. Altrese Hawkins started the frame with a kill before Jovanovic and Teivane recorded kills on the spurt. However, Louisiana scored five of the next six points to take a 7-6 lead. The teams then traded points before the Ragin' Cajuns gain control of the set with the score tied at 13. Louisiana gained the lead and quickly extended the advantage to 20-16 before the Tigers called for timeout. However, that didn't slow down the Louisiana offense as they took the set 25-18.

Memphis wouldn't go down easy, however, as the Tigers came back from an early deficit in the third set. They evened the frame a nine before going on a quick run behind Zimmerman's serve. The Tigers scored four straight points, two on Altrese Hawkins kills and another on a Jovanovic put away to take a 13-9 lead. The Ragin' Cajuns got within one at 15-14, but Memphis answered with three quick points, capped by a Jovanovic service ace. Jovanovic gave the Tigers the 25-21 set win with one of her team-high 12 kills in the match.

Louisiana answered in the fourth set, scoring the first two points. Following a 4-4 tie, the Ragin' Cajuns scored eight of the next 11 points to take a commanding 12-7 lead. The Tigers cut the deficit to 13-10, but Louisiana answered with three straight points to stretch the lead back to six points. Louisiana then cruised to the 25-17 win to take the match 3-1.

Jovanovic led the Tigers with 12 kills while Altrese Hawkins followed with 10 kills. Aleksandra Petronijevic and Teivane were the only two Tigers to reach double figures in digs, recording 18 and 17, respectively. Teivane also added nine kills and had an attack percentage of .421. Zimmerman dished out 27 assists and added three kills.

Jovanovic was named to the all-tournament team after recording 59 kills over four matches at the Tiger Invitational.

Memphis opens Conference USA play on Friday when they host Rice at 7:00 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers will then host Houston on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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