Volleyball Drops Four-Set Battle to Tulsa
Sept. 26, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn -
Tulsa (11-2; 2-0 C-USA) 25 22 25 25 Memphis (9-5; 0-2 C-USA) 18 25 23 13Sophomore Marija Jovanovic pounded 18 kills to go with a .325 attack percentage and 12 digs, but for the second consecutive match, the Tigers were unable to stop a solid attack from Tulsa in a 3-1 loss in C-USA action on Sunday afternoon.
For the second-straight day, Tulsa was led by a match-high output by Tyler Henderson and a double-double performance from Diana Silva. Henderson, the nation's leader in kills per set, down 19 kills and hit .349, while Silva connected for 10 kills and 14 digs for the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa, who has now won 10 in a row, also got 14 kills from Kelsey Hancock and 10 from Hannah Stout. Setter Jordan Clampitt set a match-best 50 assists.
Jovanovic got offensive assistance from Altrese Hawkins, who downed 10 kills. Vesna Jelic added seven kills and five service aces for Memphis, who hit .180 for the match. Hajnalka Molnar handed out 36 assists.
Trailing 1-0 in the match, Memphis staged a set-two comeback to send both teams into the intermission even at 1-1. Behind 21-15, a kill by Jelic sparked a 5-0 run to cut the Memphis deficit to just one point. After a Golden Hurricane kill made it 22-20, the Tigers reeled off the next five points for clinch the victory.
For the second-straight day, the third set proved to be the critical one. Memphis trailed for the major portion of the set before a kill by Jelic even things at 18-all. Jelic pulled Memphis even for the second time, at 20-20, with an ace and a kill by Hawkins made it 23-all. Silva struck for a kill and TU then forced Memphis into an attacking error to take a 2-1 lead. Both teams hit .324 in the frame.
Tulsa used the third-set momentum to race to a 25-13 victory in the fourth and final set. Memphis hit just .103 with nine kills in the period, while TU finished strong with 15 kills and just one error.
Memphis will round out its three-match homestand on Fri., Oct. 1 when it hosts Marshall in a 7 p.m. contest at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. All kids wearing their volleyball team jersey will receive free admission. Any group or team will also get in free. Send team rosters to Erin Shaw at email@example.com.