Hawkins, Jovanovic lead Tigers to Comeback Win at Marshall
Oct. 21, 2012
Altrese Hawkins and Marija Jovanovic brought Memphis back to take the final two sets 25-23 and 15-13 to take the 3-2 win and complete the road trip 2-0.HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The University of Memphis volleyball team looked to keep the momentum from Friday night's win rolling on Sunday when they traveled to Marshall. The Tigers fell behind the Thundering Herd 2-1, but seniors
With the score tied at four early in the first set, Marshall (16-8, 6-4 C-USA) scored three straight points to gain the lead. However, Hawkins gradually brought the Tigers back, accounting for four straight kills before the Tigers evened the score at 10. With those four kills, Hawkins became the second Tiger in school history to reach the 1,700 kill plateau. The score was again tied at 15 before the Thundering Herd started to gain control of the set, scored three straight points. Marshall then went on a 6-0 run and took the set 25-18.
Memphis (9-16, 4-6 C-USA) came out firing in the second set as Jovanovic recorded kills around a Hawkins kill to put Memphis up 3-0. Hawkins the hammered home four straight kills, the last one giving Memphis a commanding 10-5 advantage. The lead grew to 15-9 following a Viktorija Teivane kill before Marshall started to come back.
The Thundering Herd went on a 3-0 run to cut the deficit in half, and that is where the lead stayed until the end of the set. Marshall then took a 24-23 lead following a 4-0, but a service error gave the ball back to Memphis. Teivane served up an ace to give the lead back to Memphis, and the Tigers took the set 26-24 on a Marshall attack error to even the match a one set apiece.
Hawkins and Jovanovic accounted for 10 of the Tigers' 15 kills in the set. Coming out of the 10 minute intermission, Memphis quickly earned a 4-2 lead on a Jovanovic kill. However, Marshall came back to tie the score at five before gaining the lead and stretching it to 10-6. The Thundering Herd never trailed after that, taking the set 25-17.
The fourth set was tight the entire way, as it was played within three points. Memphis jumped out to a quick 3-0 before Marshall came back and gained a 12-9 advantage. Teivane cut the Memphis deficit to 17-16 before Jovanovic heated up. The senior drilled home three straight kills to put the Tigers up 19-18 and force a Thundering Herd timeout. Jovanovic and Katie Meyer teamed up for a block out of the break, completing the 4-0 run. Memphis didn't relinquish the lead, taking the set 25-23 to force a fifth and decisive set.
Memphis kept rolling in the fifth set as Hawkins recorded two kills around a Teivane kill to put Memphis ahead 4-1. The Tigers then led 5-2 when the Thundering Herd went on a 6-1 run to take an 8-6 lead. However, Memphis bounced right back and Maja Kostic pulled Memphis within one before Jaden Louie evened the set at nine. The teams then traded points and were tied at 12 before back-to-back Thundering Herd attack errors put Memphis up 14-12. The Tigers then took the 15-13 win to take the match 3-2.
Hawkins and Jovanovic were the only two Tigers to reach double figures in kills, leading Memphis with 18 and 16 kills, respectively. Hawkins also registered 11 digs for the double-double while Jovanovic hit .378, making only two errors on 37 attempts. Louie dished out a team-high 23 assists while Aleksandra Petronijevic accounted for 17 digs.
Memphis will take the court again on Thursday night when they return home to face Tulsa in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.