Barnett Downs 1,000th Career Kill
Sept. 20, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Memphis volleyball team (13-1) won its 10th straight match, Saturday, 3-0, over Wofford. In that match, senior Brittany Barnett (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands) downed her 1,000th career kill, becoming the 13th Tiger to surpass the one grand mark and the fourth to do so under Head Coach Carrie Yerty.
Wofford came out of the gates determined to hang with the Tigers. The two teams were knotted at four apiece after Memphis battled back from a 3-0 deficit. The score knotted again at 10-10 before junior outside Tiara Gilkey (Creve Coeur, Mo./Pattonsville) downed one of her team-leading 12 kills to put the Tigers up 11-10. The Tiger lead was never more than two or three points, and the Terriers pulled within 14-13 when Wofford downed a kill off a Tiger block, but freshman Melissa Nance (Frankfort, Ind./Clinton Prairie) answered back with one of her five kills to give Memphis a lead it would not relinquish. Wofford called timeout to regroup, down 16-13. Wofford had used four Tiger service errors and six Tiger attack errors to hang within range, but once Memphis regrouped in the timeout, the Tigers picked up enough momentum to close out game one, 30-23.
Game two found another tight match early. The Terriers wiped kills off five straight Tiger blocks to tie the game at 6-6 and took the lead at 7-6 off a downed tip over the Tiger blockers. A Tiger attack error made it 8-6 before sophomore Kristen Hardee (Sante Fe, Texas/Sante Fe) entered the game and downed one of her nine kills to end the Terrier run, 8-7. Barnett then downed her 1,000th career kill before Hardee downed three kills and posted a service ace, giving the Tigers enough momentum to win game two, 30-19.
It was all Memphis in game three, as Memphs hit .519 in the third game while Wofford hit -.048. Memphis won game three 30-11.
Junior setter Heather Watts (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) led the defense with 14 digs and 40 assists, while Gilkey led the team with 12 kills and four total blocks. Freshman Christen Clayton (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake) added 11 digs in the Tigers' 10th straight win. The 10-match win streak ties the record for the longest winning streak for the Tigers under Yerty. The longest win streak in the program's history was a 20-match streak in 1994.
Andrea Duke led Wofford with 15 kills, nine digs and two service aces. Rhea DeJesus led the offense with 19 assists.
Memphis will finish the Birmingham Southern Challenge tournament with a 5 p.m. match against South Alabama, Saturday.