Volleyball Overpowers CBU, 3-0
Oct. 14, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis volleyball team (19-2 overall) used 17 service aces, 10.5 team blocks and a .300 team hitting percentage to overpower cross-town rival Christian Brothers (11-15), in a non-conference match, Tuesday.
Memphis opened with eight service aces in the first game alone to get the CBU passers off-balance and unable to get its offensive flow going. Memphis only hit .184 in the first game, but with the eight service aces, walked away with a 30-19 game one win.
The Lady Bucs did not get much of a break in the second game either in passing, as Memphis switched up its line-up to give sophomores Fehi Tuivai and Kristen Hardee some playing time. Tuivai responded with three kills on four attacks for a .750 hitting percentage in the second game, adding a block solo. Fellow middle Shella Neba also dominated in game two, where the Tigers hit .385. Neba downed five of her nine kills in the second game. Neba finished with nine kills, a .467 attack percentage, two digs and seven block assists.
The Lady Bucs used the break between games two and three to get themselves back on track, and came out and took a 5-1 lead, but Tiger freshman Jennie Toronto came into the game and gave the Tigers a spark when she downed her first kill cross court. Toronto would finish with four kills on eight swings in the third game, adding three digs and a block assist. Memphis would hit .361 in the third game and would out-dig CBU 18-9 en route the 30-19 win.
"I was really impressed with Fehi and Jennie tonight," Head Coach Carrie Yerty said. "This was a great opportunity for some of our bench to show what they can do, and they both seized their opportunities tonight. We came out slow in game one, and missing three service aces is something we need to pay attention to, coming out better. But our seniors did a great job, they demonstrated the same stability tonight that they have every day this season. Shella had a big blocking night and Brittany was great as always."
Sophomore Nan Kimbrell led CBU with eight kills, adding one service ace, four digs and a block assist. Hattie Schnacke led the Lady Bucs' defense with 10 digs, while middle Laura Washington finished with five total blocks, including two solos.
Memphis remains at home and returns to C-USA play with a 7 p.m. match Friday against UAB. CBU also returns to league play, hosting Harding at 7 p.m., Thursday.
Friday night will be part of jersey weekend for the Tigers. Any youth wearing a volleyball jersey will receive free admission to both Friday and Saturday's game. Friday will also be the introduction of the 'Friday-Saturday' special. All fans who purchase a ticket for Friday's game against UAB will receive a coupon for free admission to the Saturday match against USF. Both of those matches will start at 7 p.m. and will be played in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.