@Memphisvolley split first day of Tiger Invitational
Sept. 20, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis volleyball team kicked off action at the Tiger Invitational with a dominant 3-0 sweep in just 57 minutes over the LaSalle Explorers Friday afternoon before returning to the court in the evening and falling to UALR 3-0.
The Tigers jumped out to a 10-3 lead to start the match against LaSalle and cruised to the end of the set 25-10. Viktorija Teivane spearheaded the offense in the first set, with four kills on her way to a team-high 15 for the match.
The Tigers controlled the second set from start to finish, as they used an 18-3 run to finish 25-6 and take the 2-0 lead in the match.
McKenzie Hayes put down a thunderous kill to give the Tigers a 17-8 lead in the third set; the Tigers proceeded to go on an 8-2 run to take the set and the match.
Teivane put down her 15 kills in just 22 attempts, without a single error, finishing with a .682 hitting percentage. Hayes continued to be a strong offensive weapon for the Tigers, finishing with eight kills on just 14 attempts. Libero Aleksandra Petronijevic finished with 19 kills and seven assists, while setting Veronica Zimmerman dished out 34 assists, while killing four balls and digging seven.
The 25-10, 25-6, 25-10 victory is the smallest amount of points allowed by the Tigers since Oct. 12, 1999 against Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Game were only played till 15 points then and The Tigers earned a 3-0 sweep 15-11, 15-7, 15-5.
The evening match against UALR proved to be difficult for the Tigers. The Trojans jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set before the Tigers rebounded, tying the score at 12, 13, 14 and 16. The Trojans pulled ahead at 21-16 and finished out the first set 25-18.
The Tigers fell behind 4-1 and then 10-4 in the second set. Memphis slowly chipped away at the Trojan lead pulling within 22-19 on a service ace by Petronijevic. After a UALR timeout the Trojans came out firing again and took the set 25-21.
The Trojans and Tigers battled for any lead in the third set, with the Trojans finally pulled ahead 15-10, but the Tigers countered with a 6-1 run to tie the game at 16-16. The teams traded points to 18-18. The Trojans pulled ahead 21-18, the Tigers shrunk the deficiet to 21-20, but the Trojans then went on a 4-point run to take the set 25-21.
The Tigers return to the court tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 21 at noon when they take on the Austin Peay Lady Govs. It will be the final match of the tournament for both teams, with both fighting for a second win in the Tiger Invitational.