Volleyball Sweeps Saint Louis, 3-0
Oct. 3, 2003
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The University of Memphis volleyball team (16-1, 1-0 C-USA) stretched its winning streak to 13 straight matches with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-25, 30-25) victory at Saint Louis, Friday. This marks the Tigers' first-ever win at Saint Louis under Head Coach Carrie Yerty, who improves to 2-7 for her career against the Billikens.
It was also a record-setting night for freshman setter Hristina Slancheva. Slancheva served eight aces against the Billiken passers, tying a Conference USA mark for number of service aces in a game. Slancheva now shares that mark with Becky Stahl of Cincinnati, Michelle Collier of South Florida, Sarah Vick of East Carolina and Abby Roberts of Marquette.
St. Louis native Tiara Gilkey made the most of an appearance in her hometown, downing 15 kills and hitting .400, adding six digs in the win. Gilkey, a graduate of Creve Coeur high school, also had one service aces and led the Tigers with 16.5 points.
Senior Brittany Barnett (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands) and sophomore Nancy Nellans (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph) joined Gilkey in the double-digit kill category. Barnett downed 12 kills and hit .269, while Nellans downed 11 kills and led the team with 12 digs. Setter Heather Watts (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) and freshman Christen Clayton (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake) each added 10 digs, while Watts added 41 assists.
Memphis hit over .300 in two of the three games, and held the host Billikens to under a .200 hitting clip in the first two games.
"We did a great job of not letting them get into the game," Yerty said. "We served them tough and we just played a total team game tonight. I'm so proud of these girls, this is a great way to start the Conference USA schedule."
Angela Powers led the Billikens with 14 kills, while Jessica Kmitta led the defense with 10 digs. Alexis Cooley posted seven total blocks for the Billikens, including two solos, as Saint Louis outblocked Memphis 8-3.
The Tigers remain in the Show-Me-State for a non-conference match at Southeast Missouri, Sunday, at 2 p.m. Memphis returns to its Conference USA slate next Friday at TCU and Saturday at Houston. The Tigers return home, Tues., Oct. 14th for a match with cross-town rival, Christian Brothers.