Volleyball Sweeps Tulane
Oct. 9, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Junior Nancy Nellans led the Tiger Volleyball team (18-4, 3-0 C-USA) with 14 kills and nine digs in a 3-0 victory at Tulane in Conference USA volleyball action, Saturday. The win was the Tigers' second road win in as many nights, improving them to 3-0 on the season in league play and to 18-4 overall. The win also extends the Tigers' winning streak to 11 straight matches, dating back to a 3-1 loss to Arkansas State back on Sept. 14th. The Tiger freshmen also got into the act, with Shelby Burton downing 11 kills, hitting .588 on 17 attacks and adding five total blocks, while Ashley Liford added 10 kills. Senior Tiara Gilkey finished with nine kills.
All three games were tight as the total point differential was just 15 points. In the end, however, it was Memphis the held the advantage in each instance as the Tigers won in straight games, 30-25, 30-28, 30-23. The loss snapped a six-game home winning streak for the Green Wave dating back to the 2003 C-USA Tournament, as Tulane fell to 9-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
"We had to play from behind for most of the night," Tulane head coach Betsy Becker said. "We've got to do a better job of coming out of the blocks, because against a quality team like this, you can't expect to come from behind all the time and end up with a win. Memphis is a really good team, and they had all their pistons firing tonight. We clearly were flat at times and it cost us."
The Tigers led the Green Wave in every statistical category, including an impressive .339 attack percentage (53 kills, 15 errors, 112 attacks) while limiting Tulane to a .232 mark (48-22-112). In addition, Memphis tallied nine service aces to Tulane's three, and nine blocks to the Green Wave's five. Sophomore Christen Clayton led the way with four service aces, while Gilkey added three. Tiger setter Heather Watts fiished with 45 assists and eight digs.
The Tigers return to action Friday against East Carolina. That match is slated to start at 7 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Memphis will also host Charlotte, Saturday, in another 7 p.m. match.