Tiger Volleyball Posts 12th-Straight Home Win
Oct. 20, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
UCF (5-15; 1-8 C-USA) 21 18 28 Memphis (20-4; 6-3 C-USA) 30 30 30
Senior Melissa Nance downed 10 kills and hit .714 on 14 swings to lead Memphis to sweep of UCF Friday evening at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The win extends the Tigers' home win streak to 12 matches, which ties for the ninth-best home win streak in the nation.
Nance's career-best .714 average ranks as the program's second-highest percentage in a three-game match. She failed to make an error in the match. The senior got help from Shelby Burton, who finished the night with a match-high 12 kills and a .391 hitting clip. Laura Côté handed out 37 assists, while Sarah Bury and Kori Smith had three aces each
Memphis scored the first seven points of the match and trailed just five times on the night. All five occasions came in the final game. The Tigers ended the night with a 50-30 advantage in kills and held the Golden Knights to a .093 attack percentage.
The U of M defense was led by Bury's 15 digs. Libero Christen Clayton inched closer to the single-season digs mark with 10 digs. Smith and Ashley Liford added eight and seven digs, respectively. Burton led all performers with four blocks.
After taking a 7-0 lead to start game one, the Tigers never let UCF any closer than six points before making a 10-5 surge to take it largest lead of the game at 24-13, en route to a 30-21 win in the opening period. Memphis hit .300 in game one and limited UCF to .030.
Memphis raced out to a 15-9 lead midway through game two. The Tigers finished the game on a 9-3 run to take a 2-0 lead into the break. The Golden Knights downed just five kills in the second frame and hit -.100.
The Tigers and Golden Knights battled through 10 ties and five lead changes in the final frame. The last tie came at 23-23 after a kill by Burton. That kill started a 5-2 run that gave Memphis all the cushion it needed to seal the 30-28 win.
Memphis will finish its five-match homestand on Sunday, when it hosts Southern Miss. First serve is set for 1 p.m.