Volleyball Handles ECU in Three for Twelfth Straight Victory
Oct. 15, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
EAST CAROLINA (8-12; 2-3 C-USA) 19 22 20 MEMPHIS (19-4; 4-0 C-USA) 30 30 30
Memphis got a match-high 15 kills from freshman Ashley Liford and the rest of the team combined to hit a season-high .390 as the Tigers cruised to a sweep of ECU Friday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The win extends the Tiger's streak to 12 matches as they improve to 19-4 on the season and remain undefeated in Conference USA play at 4-0.
"Tonight was a nice match for us," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We picked up were we left off against Southern Miss and Tulane. We are playing with a lot of confidence and we are becoming a better team every time we step on the court. We also got great fan support tonight which really helped."
Memphis asserted its control on the match early, jumping out to a 10-6 lead in the first game. ECU managed to cut the lead to 15-11, but despite hitting just .182 in the game, the Tigers put on a 15-9 run to wrap up the set 30-19.
The momentum continued to build for Memphis in the second frame as they hit a scorching .556 while holding the Pirates to a .208 clip. The Tigers got a pair of kills from Shelby Burton and Nancy Nellans added a service aces to give them 3-0 lead. They never looked back, leading by as much as nine on multiple occasions in a 30-22 win.
ECU opened the third set with a 5-3 advantage, but a 5-0 spurt gave Memphis a 10-7 lead. Memphis finished the contest by outscoring ECU 17-9 to claim the match. ECU hit .147 in the game, while the Tiger offense was again effective hitting at a .529 hitting clip.
Liford finished the match hitting .538 with just one error in 26 swings, while senior Tiara Gilkey was the only other Memphis player to reach double figures with 10. Melissa Nance and Nellans each recorded nine kills for Memphis. Nance hit .429 and committed just three errors in 14 attacks. Burton also got in on the act, with eight kills and a .357 percentage. Heather Watts set the offense with a match-high 47 assists. Nellans also led the Tigers defensively with a match-high 15 digs. She was the lone Tiger with at least 10 digs.
"We have to be ready tomorrow and we have to have the same intensity against Charlotte to win." said Yerty.
Memphis will now prepare for a matchup with Charlotte tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The 49ers defeated Saint Louis, 3-2 this evening.