Tigers Split Final Day of Evansville Tournament
Sept. 14, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Memphis volleyball team returned to the court for a pair of games Saturday afternoon after starting the Evansville Tournament Friday evening with a 3-0 sweep of the previously undefeated Valparaiso Crusaders. The Tigers started the day against the host Evansville Purple Aces and after a hard-fought five set loss the Tigers returned the court just 40 minutes later to finish the weekend with a 3-1 win against SIU-Edwardsville.
The Tigers and Aces battled for a lead early in the first set, trading points before kills from Viktorija Teivane and McKenzie Hayes gave the Tigers a 9-6 lead. Memphis extended their lead to 17-12, led by Teivane, Hayes, Veronica Zimmerman and Catlin Lilly. The Aces pulled as close as 17-15 but after a Memphis timeout the Tigers 9-0, with Lilly putting down a thunderous kill to end the set 25-16
Memphis hit .444 as a team in the first set; Hayes had five kills on just eight attempts while Teivane had five on 10 attempts. Katie Meyer continued her great weekend at the net with two blocks in the first set.
The Aces jumped out to a quick 10-6 lead in the second set but the Tigers responded with a 6-2 run to tie the score at 12-12, prompting Evansville to call a timeout. The Tigers came out of the timeout still firing on all cylinders as another kill by Hayes, followed by a block from Alexis Wesley and two attacking errors from Evansville stretched the Memphis lead to 17-13, again forcing Evansville to use a timeout.
The Aces pulled within two at 21-19, but the Tigers answered with kills from Teivane and Hayes to make it 23-19. Evansville pulled within 2 again, at 24-22, but Teivane put down a kill to give the Tigers the set at 25-22.
The teams came out of the break again fighting for any sort of a lead, with eight lead changes before either team got to 10. Neither team was able to pull ahead by more than two points early before a kill from the Aces finally gave them a 3-point lead at 13-10. The teams traded points to 17-14 but the Aces went on a 5-1 run to take a 22-15 lead. The Tigers countered with a quick 5-1 run to pull within two at 22-20 in favor of the Aces. The teams traded points to make the score 24-22. Lilly put down one of her eight kills in the game to make it 24-23 but the Aces answered with a kill of their own to take the set 25-23
The Aces jumped out to an early 11-6 lead in the fourth set but the Tigers responded with a 3-1 run making the score 12-9 in favor of Evansville. Hayes put down one of her 17 kills in the game followed by an ace from Lindsey Purvis making the score 12-11 and forced Evansville into a timeout. The Aces came out of the time timeout readjusted and quickly stretched the lead to 21-17 and took the set 25-18.
The teams immediately headed into the fifth set. The Tigers started with a 4-1 run, but the Aces quickly countered with a 4-0 run of their own. An Aces kill gave them the lead at 8-7. The teams switched sides and but the Aces quickly extended their lead to 12-7. The Tigers pulled as close as 13-10 but
The Aces would come out of a timeout and extend their lead to 12-7. Kills from Katie Meyer and Hayes pulled the score within 3 at 12-9. The teams traded points to make it 13-10 but the Aces held their lead and took the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.
After the five set loss, the Tigers had only a 40 minute break before having to return to the court to take on SUI-Edwardsville.
The Cougars and Tigers battled for any lead early on, as they remained deadlocked all the way to 8-8. Teivane continued her tremendous performance on the weekend, as she had five of the team’s first six kills. SIUE managed to build a small lead at 12-10 and then expand it to 19-14. The Tigers answered with an 8-2 run to take the lead at 22-21 and prompt an Edwardsville timeout. The teams swapped points before a lucky bounce on a dig in favor of the Cougars tied the game. SIUE followed that with a kill to make it 24-23 and set point. A setting error gave the Cougars the set at 25-23.
Both teams remained close early in the second set but the Tigers were able to take a slight lead at 8-5 after a kill from Lilly. The Tigers extended their lead to 12-7 with an ace from Zimmerman followed by a block from Meyer and Lilly. The Tigers continued to take control of the set, extending their lead to 16-9 with Teivane putting down one of her 24 kills in the game. Memphis cruised to a 25-15 win in the second set to tie the match 1-1.
The Tigers jumped to an early 9-4 lead in the third set but the Cougars answered with a 3-0 run to make it 9-7. The Cougars tied the game up at 15-15 but the Tigers went on an 8-2 run to make the score 23-17 and eventually took the set 25-21.
Early in the fourth set saw multiple lead changes, with five lead changes in the first 25 total points. The Tigers started to pull away when a Michaella Moss ace gave them a three point lead at 16-13. The Tigers maintained that lead as the teams traded points to 22-19. The Cougars pulled the score to 22-21 but a Service error from SIUE gave the Tigers a 23-21 lead. Aleksandra Petronijevic went back to serve and quickly dropped an ace in deep in Cougar territory. Continuing the trend of increased net presence during the weekend, a block finished the game as Wesley and Hayes teamed together to stuff the Cougar attack.
The Tigers improved to 6-3 on the year with the 2-1 weekend in Evansville. Teivane led the offensive attack all week as she earned three double-doubles during the tournament, finishing with 57 kills and 36 digs. Meyer finished the weekend with 15 blocks, followed by Wesley with 10.
Memphis Volleyball returns to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse for four matches in the next week, starting with Arkansas State Tuesdayevening at 6 p.m. before hosting the Tiger Invitational Sept. 20-21 where they will take on University of Arkansas Little Rock, La Salle, and Austin Peay.