Trio of Tigers Go Over 20-Kill Mark in 3-2 Win at Marquette
Oct. 24, 2003
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Despite allowing Marquette to come back from 20-11 down to win game four 30-27, the University of Memphis volleyball team (23-2, 5-1 C-USA) came back to upend the Golden Eagles (5-15, 2-5 C-USA), 3-2, in Conference USA action, Friday. Three Tigers went over the 20-kill mark, led by 23 from sophomore Nancy Nellans (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph). Senior Brittany Barnett (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands) added 22, while Tiara Gilkey (Creve Couer, Mo./Pattonsville) finished with 20.
Memphis came out and trailed early in game one, falling behind 10-6 as both teams were offense minded and neither was pulling up many digs in the early minutes of the match. Memphis rallied back as Marquette attack errors sailed long and wide, and the Tigers tooked their first lead of the match at 16-15 off a Nancy Nellans kill. Memphis would stretch that lead to 18-15 while Marquette tried to work the Tigers' deep corner of the court, but could not land an attack, either because of the Tiger defense or mishit balls.
But in game two, Memphis' luck ran out and the Golden Eagles started downing some of the deep corner kills they were firing off. After hitting .122 in the first game, Marquette hit .244 in game two, while Memphis, who hit .303 in the opening game, hit .045 in the second game. Marquette won game two, 30-23.
In game three, Memphis again trailed in the early goings of game three, falling behind 4-1 and being down as many as 10-5. But one of Gilkey's 20 kills for the evening restarted the Memphis offense, but the Tigers could not pull even until both teams were tied at 28. Marquette tooled a kill off a Tiger block for a 29-28 lead before another Gilkey kill off a scramble from a Golden Eagle attack knotted the score again at 29. A Barnett kill gave Memphis a 30-29 lead and a Marquette blocking error off a Neba tip attempt sealed game three in the Tigers' favor, 31-29.
The Tigers outblocked Marquette 4-1 in game five and downed 10 kills to break a see-saw affair. The fifth game tied four times before a Gilkey kill from the back row gave Memphis a 6-5 lead. Two blocks on the next two Marquette attacks gave the Tigers all the cushion they would need to close out the fifth game, 15-12.
Memphis remains on the road and will play at DePaul, Saturday, at 7 p.m. The Tigers cap their fourth match in six days at Chicago State, Sunday.