@Memphisvolley Jumps Ahead Early and Holds off Late Push from UConn, wins 3-2
Oct. 20, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis volleyball team (11-10, 3-4 American) jumped out to an early lead Sunday afternoon and held off a late push from the UConn Huskies (10-12, 1-6 American)to earn a 3-2 win (25-23, 25-15, 17-25, 17-25, 15-11).
The Tigers jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in the first set, but the Huskies pulled within two points at 10-8. The Memphis offense went on another run, stretching their lead to 20-12 and then to set point at 24-20. The Huskies made it 24-23 with back-to-back-to-back points, but an attack error from UConn gave the Tigers the set at 25-23.
The second set started off close, with the score tied as late as 7-7, but Memphis went on a 10-4 run to make the score 24-14 and Sydni Etheredge downed one of her 12 kills to give the Tigers the set and the 2-0 lead.
The Huskies came out of halftime refocused and took the third and fourth sets, 25-17 in each. The Tigers pulled ahead 7-4 in the tiebreaking set and despite a late push from the Huskies the Tigers took the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.
Junior Lauren Hawkins paced the Memphis offense with a game-best 18 kills and a .278 hitting percentage. She also added an impressive nine blocks. Etheredge added six digs and four blocks to her 12 kills. Alexis Wesley finished with 10 kills and hit .273, also added five blocks.
Sophomore Veronica Zimmerman had a game-best 44 assists, while junior Aleksandra Petronijevic also paced both sides with 22 digs. Lindsey Purvis continued her strong defensive play as of late, digging out 11 balls and added four service aces.
Madeline Kuppe led the Huskies with 16 kills, followed by Erika Thomas with 10. Libero Brianna Datti had 20 digs, while defensive specialist Sage Esposito had 16, while adding three service aces to the cause. Marissa Prinzbach finished with 42 assists, two behind Zimmerman for the game-high.
The Tigers will play on the road next weekend, facing USF in Tampa, Fla. Friday evening at 7 p.m. CT and then taking on UCF in Orlando Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT. The two Florida games will complete the first half of the American Athletic Conference home-and-home schedule.