Volleyball Upends Davidson, 3-0
Sept. 22, 2004
DAVIDSON, NC-- - The University of Memphis volleyball team got a match-high 15 kills from Tiara Gilkey and freshman Shelby Burton downed a career-high 10 as the Tigers cruised to a 3-0 sweep of Davidson, Wednesday in non-conference action. Memphis improved to 11-4 with their fourth consecutive victory.
A kill by Gilkey, who hit .481 on the night, capped a 4-0 run in the first game to give Memphis a 13-6 cushion. The Tigers would lead by as much as nine at 21-12 before Davidson made a run to cut the U of M lead to six on three occasions. Led by Gilkey, who hit .667 with four kills, Memphis out hit the Wildcats .341 to .152 in the game.
Davidson battled hard to stay in game two and took a 9-10 lead early on. The set would see nine ties, before the Tigers got a kill from Gilkey and an ace from Christen Clayton to grab a 14-12 advantage. Memphis then scored six of the next seven points, including a 7-0 run, to go ahead 21-13. From there the Tigers led by as much as nine on there way to a 30-24 win. Freshman Shelby Burton hit .714 with five kills and no errors to lead Memphis, who again hit over .300 at .318 in the second frame. Burton would post eight kills before making an attacking error on a career night in which she hit .600 with just one error.
Gilkey put down five consecutive kills for the Tigers, giving them an 8-2 lead in the final game. Davidson cut the deficit to 8-5 with a 3-0 run, but Memphis responded by scoring 12 of the next 14 points to take a commanding 20-7 advantage. The Tigers put up seven unanswered points in the 12-2 run and never let the Wildcats come within 10 points the rest of the contest.
Heather Watts set the offense with 41 assists and led the defense with a match-high 26 digs. Clayton added 15 digs.
"Heather (Watts) played an outstanding match running our offense," said head coach Carrie Yerty. Overall, our team did a good job of staying intense. We got a great performance out of Shelby (Burton) and Tiara (Gilkey) did a great job leading our team offensively."
Davidson hit just .090 on the night and was led by Liz Williamson's 13 kills.
Memphis will now travel to Greensboro, NC, where they will participate in the UNC-Greensboro Tournament. The Tigers will face Florida Atlantic on Friday at 10 a.m. followed by a matchup with UNC-Asheville at 3 p.m.