Tulsa Sweeps Memphis Volleyball in C-USA Action
Oct. 16, 2009
TULSA, Okla. -
Memphis (5-18, 1-6 C-USA) 18 21 10 Tulsa (15-5, 5-2 C-USA) 25 25 25
Lauren Thompson downed a team-high 10 kills, Christine Bach handed out a match-high 29 assists and Becky Shaffer also picked up a match-high 18 digs, but a stiff Tulsa defense limited the Tigers to .097 hitting in 3-0 decision Friday night in C-USA action.
The Tigers fall to 5-18 overall, 1-6 in C-USA. Tulsa improves to 15-5, 5-2 in the league.
Memphis got off to a slow start in the first, hitting just .070, while the streaking Tulsa club hit .270 and converted on 73 percent of it side-out opportunities. After playing through three ties, Tulsa got kills from Tyler Henderson and Jennifer Eichler to take a 13-11 advantage. The Golden Hurricane never trailed again. Tulsa pushed the lead to six points, 19-13, after an ace by Julie Kenealy.
The Tigers and Golden Hurricane battled through five ties, before the Tigers grabbed a 14-13 lead on the strength of a kill by Lauren Thompson and assisted blocks by Thompson and Casey Sines. However, that lead was short-lived as the Golden Hurricane responded with three-straight scores to regain the lead 16-14. Memphis clawed back and tied the set twice more, but a 4-1 surge by TU made it 21-18 and that's all the home team needed to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission with a 25-21 victory.
Tulsa jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the finale and never looked back. The U of M deficit grew to 12-3 after the Golden Hurricane put together a 6-0 run. TU, who connected for a 90 percent efficiency in side-out chances in the third, wrapped up the match with its largest lead, 25-10.
Memphis did not help its cause with 11 service aces in the contest.
The Golden Hurricane offense was led by Tyler Henderson's 11 kills. Eichler added 10 terminations. Rachel Vukson and Jordan Clampitt both recorded 19 assists for Tulsa, who hit a collective .333 in the match. Jessica Adams led the TU defense with 17 digs. Kenealy made six total blocks.
Memphis will now make the trip to Dallas, where it will face SMU at 7 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 17.