SMU Races to Sweep of Tiger Volleyball
Oct. 23, 2005
Memphis (13-11; 5-3 C-USA) 24 19 19 SMU (10-11; 6-3 C-USA) 30 30 30Sophomore Shelby Burton nailed 14 kills and hit .394 on 33 swings, but the Tigers combined to hit just .094 as SMU cruised to a sweep of the U of M Sunday afternoon in C-USA action.
Memphis, was never able to get its offense on track and lead just four times in the entire match--all of which came in the first seven points of the opening frame. The Tigers took their last lead on a kill by Burton that put them ahead 7-6. A 3-0 run put the Mustangs up for good at 9-7 and the SMU lead swelled to seven points, 18-11, on a 5-0 rally. A service ace by defensive specialist Kristin Hardee capped a three-point Tiger surge that cut the deficit to 23-19. SMU was able to hold the Tigers off to win the first game.
The Mustangs jumped out to an 8-2 cushion early in the second game and later went ahead by 10 points powered by a 7-1 push that included three SMU blocks. Memphis was held to .000 hitting game two.
The final game was again all SMU. However, Memphis battled through a tough hitting afternoon to stay in the contest at 11-10. But seven of the next eight points went to the Mustangs as the game was put away.
Senior Nancy Nellans recorded her 15th double-double and moved into second-place all-time on the Memphis career kills list with 10 kills and 15 digs. Christen Clayton posted 12 digs for the Tigers. Burton added four total blocks for the Memphis defense, while freshman Laura Côtè chipped in with three blocks to go with 31 assists.
SMU's offense was led by Rachel Giubilato's 12 kills. She completed her 15th double-double with 11 digs. Freshman Natalie Peters downed 19 kills with four blocks. Defensively, libero Jennette Evanco had a match-high 19 digs, while Stephanie Bennett rejected seven Tigers attacks.
Memphis returns to action on Wed., Oct. 26 when they host SEC foe Ole Miss at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Match time is set for 7 p.m.