Volleyball Downs Houston, 3-1
Oct. 11, 2003
HOUSTON, TEXAS - The University of Memphis volleyball team came back from an 0-1 deficit on the road to pick up its second Conference USA road win of the weekend with a 3-1 victory, Saturday. The win improves the Tigers' record to 18-2 and 2-1 in Conference USA while dropping Houston's record to 5-13 and 1-3 in the league.
Everyone in attendance knew the night was going to feature a series of close games judging by game one alone. In a game that featured 11 tie scores and five lead changes, the Cougars' Kelly McAnelly was unstoppable, downing 10 kills with no errors on 17 attacks. Led by McAnelly's .588 hitting percentage and two total blocks, Houston took game one, 30-26, ending the seesaw battle.
But Memphis was energized by hanging so close to the host Cougars in game two, unleashing sophomore Nancy Nellans from the outside. Nellans downed nine kills with just one error on 14 attacks in game two alone, after downing two kills in the first game. Junior Tiara Gilkey and senior Brittany Barnett also banged away at the Cougars from the outside, downing five kills apiece in game two alone. McAnelly, who was unstoppable in game one, drew a brunt of the Tiger defense and downed just two kills with one error on 12 attacks in game two.
Following the break between games two and three, Memphis came out and dominated the third game, hitting .200 while holding UH to a .057 hitting percentage. Barnett kept the Cougars at bay with six more kills in the third game.
Gilkey would lead the Tigers would 21 kills, while Barnett added 19. Nellans finished with 16 kills and senior Shella Neba added 14, including the last two match points to give Memphis the 26-30, 30-26, 30-21 and 30-25 win.
Memphis returns home to begin a homestand that will feature four matches in seven days, beginning with a Tuesday contest against cross-town rival Christian Brothers. The Tigers will return to league play with a Friday match against UAB at 7 p.m., and a Saturday match against USF, also beginning at 7 p.m.