Tiger Volleyball Falls to SMU, 3-1
Oct. 10, 2010
DALLAS, Texas -
Memphis (11-7, 2-4 C-USA) 19 25 16 12 SMU (14-4, 6-1 C-USA) 25 19 25 25
For the second consecutive outing, Memphis was unable to solve a strong SMU defense as the Mustangs completed a weekend sweep of the Tigers via a 3-1 decision on Sunday afternoon at Moody Coliseum. Memphis falls to 11-7, 2-4 in league play. SMU improves to 14-4 and 6-1 in C-USA action.
The SMU offense picked up where it finished on Saturday, connecting for 14 kills and a .393 average en route to a win in the opening set of the afternoon. The two clubs battled through eight ties before the Mustangs mounted a 4-1 push to grab a 13-10 lead. SMU stretched the Tiger's deficit to 17-11 via a four-point surge. Memphis was unable to crack the six-point discrepancy in a 25-19 loss.
Set two was closely contested with both sides gaining the advantage, but neither team leading by more than two points before Maja Kostic stepped to the service line with Memphis trailing 18-17 after a kill by Altrese Hawkins. Kostic knotted the set at 18-all with an ace and her serve fueled a five-point surge that put the Tigers ahead 21-18. Memphis finished the set strong, scoring the final four points of the set to send the two teams into the locker rooms tied at 1-1. Hawkins, who downed six kills in the first set, added seven in the second to help the U of M claim its first set of the weekend, 25-19.
SMU, who made 15.5 blocks on Saturday, made a pair of blocks and used two Memphis offensive errors to get out to a quick 4-0 lead in the third. The Mustangs finished the day with 13 total blocks. They tacked on a pair of kills to go up 6-0 before Vesna Jelic snapped the string with a kill. SMU held on to the early-set momentum and used five-point spurt to take a commanding 11-1 advantage. A service ace by Katlin Inglish capped a Memphis run to make it a five-point contest, but that would be as close as the Tigers could come. SMU scored five-straight to make it 22-10 and took a 2-1 lead in the match with a convincing 25-16 decision.
The fourth and final set was a continuation of the third, as SMU used a seven-point surge to take an 8-1 lead. Memphis was never able to find a rhythm as SMU extended its lead to 20-8. The Tigers hit just .081 in the fourth, while SMU hit a scorching .481 on 13 kills and no errors. The Mustangs posted a 92-percent side-out rating in the final period. Memphis did not help its cause, committing 18 service errors and giving up eight SMU aces in the match. Christine Bach paced the Tigers with a match-high 17 digs. Jelic finished with nine digs.
The Tigers will return to action with a pair of home contests next weekend. They will host Houston on Fri., Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Memphis will take on Rice at 1 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 17.