@Memphisvolley Finishes Pre-Conference Season With Win Over Austin Peay, 3-1
Sept. 21, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis volleyball team returned to the court Saturday afternoon to take on the Austin Peay Lady Govs and complete the Tiger invitational. The Tigers had less than 16 hours from their last match Friday evening against the UALR Trojans. The Lady Govs battled to a first set victory of 28-26 but the Tigers rebounded and controlled the next three sets 25-18, 25-16 and 25-13 for the 3-1 win.
The first set saw five lead changes and 10 ties, including at 24, 25 and 26. The Lady Govs downed 22 kills in the first set with only four errors while the Tigers put away 16 kills with only five errors.
The Tigers never trailed in the second set. Alexis Wesley led the offense with five kills in the set on her way to a career-best 12 kills. Catlin Lilly had seven of her game-high 16 kills in the third set as the Tigers eased to a 25-16 win to take the 2-1 lead. The fourth set was close early but the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to take a 15-8 lead and finished the game on a 6-0 run to take the set 25-13 and the match 3-1.
"I think we've grown early on," said head coach April Jauregui. "We're still tweaking a few things but we're a good serving and blocking team and it's going to help us a lot. It's still about putting balls away in the right situation, today was better but we know we have to do that at a high level so we're going to continue to focus on improving that."
The Tigers had five players finish the match with 10 or more digs and four played with double-digit kills. Viktorija Teivane earned another double-double, finishing with 11 kills and 10 digs. Wesley lead the team with a .526 hitting percentage, followed by Lilly with .464 and McKenzie Hayes with a .350.
Lindsey Purvis finished with a season-high 10 digs while Michaella Moss paced the team with 15. Hayes finished with seven kills and tied Wesley and Lauren Hawkins for the game-high in blocks with four.
Veronica Zimmerman tallied over 50 assists for the third time this year, finishing with 51. Through 49 sets the redshirt sophomore is averaging 11.12 assists. Aleksandra Petronijevic is averaging 5.61 digs
"There's nobody easy anymore," said coach Jauregui. "Opening up at preseason favorite Louisville is going to be tough. Cincinnati is very young and trying to find their identity still and then we'll play Temple with our only game that weekend."
The Tigers head into conference play for the first time in the American Athletic Conference with an 8-5 record. They'll play three road games before returning to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. They'll take on pre-season favorite Louisville Friday, Sept. 27 and then travel to Cincinnati Sunday, Sept. 29. They'll face Temple Friday, Oct. 4 to complete the three game road trip.