Tiger Volleyball Extends Win Streak to Six Matches With 3-1 Win Over UNC-Asheville
Sept. 24, 2004
GREENSBORO, NC -- - Heather Watts handed out a season-high 70 assists and Tiara Gilkey added a season-high 26 kills as Memphis defeated UNC-Asheville, 3-1, Friday in the UNC-Greensboro Tournament. Memphis (13-4) extends its win streak to a season-high six matches in the win, while UNCA falls to 4-8.
For the second consecutive match, the Tigers got out of the gates slowly, spotting the Bulldogs five unanswered points. They would trail most of the game, until Melissa Nance and Nancy Nellans teamed up to block a UNCA attack to knot the game at 19. Memphis would tie the contest thre more times and even took a 27-25 lead before Asheville scored the game's final three points for a 31-29 win.
Memphis again fell behind in the second frame, but was able to battle back from an 11-6 deficit with 9-4 run to tie the game at 15. The U of M did not take the lead until Nance served up an ace to give Memphis a 28-27 advantage. The Tigers were then able to hold on to take a 2-1 lead.
Three service aces by Christen Clayton propelled a 7-0 run that gave Memphis a 14-11 lead. The Tigers took control of the match at that point and led by as much as seven, 22-15 before claiming a 30-24 game-three win.
Game four was all Memphis as the Tigers as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. After a pair of UNCA scores, Memphis went on another 5-0 run that gave them a 12-3 cushion. One Bulldogs point later the Tigers made a 4-0 run to extend the lead to 16-4. Memphis would go on two more runs equalling 10 unanswered points to go ahead 26-6. In all, Memphis put together five game-four runs that eqaulled 24 unanswered scores in a dominating 30-11 performance.
Memphis got a double double from Gilkey, Nellans and Watts. Gilkey added 13 digs to her 26 kills, while Nellans downed 17 kills and 18 digs. Watts had 17 digs, as did Clayton.
The Tigers return to the court on Saturday when they face Morgan State at 9:30 a.m. followed by a matchup against the host UNC-Greensboro Spartans at 2:30 p.m.