@MemphisVolley Tops Cincinnati in 5-set Duel
Sept. 29, 2013
CINCINNATI – Memphis volleyball continued their first conference road trip of the season, traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats Sunday afternoon. The Tigers battled back to take the second and third sets after dropping the first. Cincinnati took a close fourth set to force a deciding fifth set. The Tigers finished strong, taking the final set 15-8 and the match 3-2. The win gives the Tigers their first conference victory in the American Athletic Conference
Both teams came out firing in the first set. The Bearcats jumped out to a 6-1 lead, but the Tigers quickly pulled within two at 10-8 and then tied the set at 13-13. The Tigers went on a 6-0 run to take a 19-13 lead, but the Bearcats eventually tied the set at 21-21 before taking it 25-23.
The second set saw eight ties before either team reach double-digit points. The Tigers took the lead at 10-9 and led the rest of the way, finishing the set 25-20 to tie the match 1-1. The third set saw nine ties and no team leading by more than four points, with Cincinnati taking an 11-7 lead. The set went into extra points as the score was tied at 24-24, 25-25, 26-26 and 27-27 before the Tigers eventually scored the final two points and took the set 29-27.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 6-1 lead, but the Tigers eventually tied the set at 13-13 before pulling ahead 19-15. The Bearcats tied the set at 24-24 making the second consecutive set with extra points. The teams traded points to all the way to 27-27, but Cincinnati took the set 29-27 to force the deciding fifth set.
The fifth set started close, with three ties before the Tigers took a 7-6 lead, followed by a 5-0 run to take a commanding 12-6 lead. A Lindsey Purvis service ace gave the Tigers the set and the match.
“No matter what it’s tough to win on the road,” said head coach April Jauregui “I am very pleased with the play of our freshmen. They were big terminators for us today. Veronica set a great match and Aki showed why she’s one of the top liberos in the conference. This week we are going to focus on finishing sets and managing the mental side of the game. To win in this conference you need to have incredible mental stability from night to night.”
As a team the Tigers hit at least .300 in each of the three sets they came out on top, peaking at .341 in the third set. Catlin Lilly had a career-best 24 kills while also earning her sixth double-double of the year with 11 digs. Fellow first year, McKenzie Hayes finished with 14 kills, three shy of her career-high. Lauren Hawkins finished with 18 kills and Viktorija Teivane gave the Tigers their fourth double digit kill effort in the game, finishing with 12.
Veronica Zimmerman came one kill short of a triple-double, with nine to go along with 61 assists and 10 digs. Aleksandra Petronijevic earned her first double-double of the year as the junior dug 31 balls while adding 10 assists. Petronijevic now has 320 digs through 58 sets on the year.
The Tigers will return to the road next weekend as they continue American Athletic Play, this time taking on Temple University for their lone match of the weekend Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.