Career High 15 Kills from Kimbrell Helps Volleyball to Second 3-0 Win of the Day
Oct. 22, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Freshman Nan Kimbrell (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) broke into double-digit kills for the first time in her collegiate career and kept going in a 3-0 win over Belmont University (4-20, 0-8 A-Sun) in Memphis' (15-10, 0-5 C-USA) second match of the day in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, Tuesday. Memphis won the games 30-24, 30-16 and 30-18.
Kimbrell, whose previous career best was nine kills two different times, hit .297 against the Bruins in the win. Junior Brittany Barnett (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands) also added 15 kills, also posting 12 digs to tally her 11th double-double of the season. Freshman Lauren Berg (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) led the Tigers with a game-high 15 digs, while senior Brooke Chrisman (Katy, Texas/Katy) had the best blocking night of her career, posting 2 block solos and five block assists.
In all, Memphis outblocked the Bruins 9-3. The Tiger defense and blocking game held Belmont to a .060 hitting percentage for the evening, with Belmont hitting a game-high .146 in game one. Lindsay Cleveland led Belmont with 9 kills, while Britney Baggett downed eight. Kati Baumgartner led the defense with 13 digs, while Karime Binkley also tallied double-digit digs with 10. Binkley also led the offense with 24 assists.
Memphis remains at home and returns to Conference USA play when they host DePaul, Friday, at 7 p.m., and Marquette, Saturday, also at 7 p.m. The weekend's matches take on special importance in getting the Tigers into the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot for the C-USA tournament. The league tournament, which takes the top eight teams, is being hosted this year by DePaul University. This weekend's league series is one of just two home conference weekends left on the Tiger schedule.