UCF Defeats Memphis 3-0
Oct. 12, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis volleyball team tried to get back into the win column on Friday night when the hosted UCF at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. However, the Knights came out and quickly gained a 1-0 advantage with their 25-19 first set win. UCF then scored nine of the final 10 points of the second set to take the frame 26-24 before earning the sweep with their 25-23 third set victory.
The Knights (7-12, 4-3 C-USA) jumped out to an early lead and controlled play for the majority of the first set. The Tigers came back to even the set a 9-9 before UCF went on a 3-0 run. UCF opened up an 18-13 lead before Memphis (6-15, 1-6 C-USA) came back and got within 19-17. However, the Knights closed out the 25-19 set win by scoring six of the final eight points.
Marija Jovanovic started the second set with back-to-back kills and Aleksandra Petronijevic served up an ace to put Memphis up 3-0. The Tiger lead grew to 8-3 following an Altrese Hawkins kill, and Jovanovic gave the Tigers their largest lead of the set, 15-9 with another kill. It looked as though Memphis would take the set, leading 23-17. At that point the Knights started their run, and forced a Memphis timeout at 23-20. Memphis then led 24-21 before the Knights scored three straight points, capped by a Kayla Keller kill. The Knights then scored the final two points to take the set 26-24.
The teams traded points early in the first set before the Knights gained a slight advantage with the score tied a six. UCF extended their lead to four point lead twice, at 18-14 and 20-16 before Memphis tried to comeback. Katie Meyer and Hawkins sparked the run with a block and Jovanovic made it a two point deficit with a kill. Viktorija Teivane pulled the Tigers within one with one of her six kills in the match and Hawkins made the score 24-23 with another kill. However, UCF scored the final point to take the set 25-23 and the match 3-0.
Jovanovic led the Tigers with 12 kills while Hawkins was not far behind with 10 kills. Petronijevic led the Tiger defense with 13 digs and Meyer recorded six blocks, including one solo. Veronica Zimmerman led the Tigers with 21 assists. Memphis will be in action again on
Saturday night when they host Southern Miss at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.