Volleyball Wins 11th Straight
Sept. 20, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Memphis volleyball team (14-1) won its 11th straight match, Saturday, 3-0 (30-14, 30-25, 30-20), over South Alabama (3-8) in the Tigers' final match in the Birmingham-Southern Classic, Saturday.
Memphis opened game one in dominating fashion, hitting .378 to .000 for South Alabama. South Alabama had just five kills compared to 19 for the Tigers in the opening game, with Memphis junior Tiara Gilkey (Creve Coeur, Mo./Pattonsville) downing five kills in game one alone.
Game two was much closer, with the Tiger lineup changing to include Fehi Tuivai (Kent, Wash./Kent-Meridian), Kristen Hardee (Sante Fe, Texas/Sante Fe) and Emily Steckel (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart). Memphis hit just .150 in the second game, but South Alabama hit .147, downing just 11 kills compared to 17 for Memphis.
The third game was another tight match, with Memphis first pulling even at five apiece before one of Gilkey's 10 kills gave Memphis a 6-5 lead. USA answered back when Marie-Anne Grodin downed a kill to knot the game again, but a USA service error combined with an attack error gave Memphis an 8-6 lead it would not relinquish. Memphis won game three, 30-20.
Senior Brittany Barnett (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands), who went over her 1,000th career kill earlier in the day in a 3-0 win over Wofford, led the Tigers with 13 kills and a .435 attack percentage. Steckel led the defense with 12 digs, while junior Heather Watts (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) added 11 digs and 40 assists.
Memphis will be briefly back in Memphis before traveling to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m., Tuesday.