Tigers Fall to Tulsa in Three Sets

Oct. 25, 2012

1 2 3
Tulsa (17-9, 10-1 C-USA) 25 25 25
Memphis (9-17, 4-7 C-USA) 21 16 14
Quick Stats MEM TLS
Sets Won 0 3
Kills 36 37
Attack Pct. .152 .298
Assists 36 31
Digs 44 38
Service Aces 1 6
Blocks 2.0 4.0
Statistical Leaders
Altrese Hawkins 12 0 0 4 0 0
Jaden Louie 2 27 0 11 0 0
Aleksandra Petronijevic 0 3 1 15 0 0
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - When playing the top teams in any conference, it helps to get out to a good start and get momentum on your side. The University of Memphis women's volleyball team looked like they were off to that start early in the first set against Conference USA-leading Tulsa. However, the Golden Hurricane came storming back to take the set 25-21. Tulsa then went on to take the final two sets 25-16 and 25-14 to take the sweep.

Marija Jovanovic gave Memphis the lead early and the Tigers held the lead early in the first set. Jovanovic then gave the Tigers (9-17, 4-7 C-USA) an 11-8 lead before a Tulsa attack error gave Memphis their largest lead of the set. Tulsa (17-8, 10-1 C-USA) came back and evened the score at 14 before Memphis went on a quick 3-0 run. Viktorija Teivane, Altrese Hawkins and Maja Kostic all recorded kills on the spurt. However, the Golden Hurricane offense started to heat up, scoring four straight points to take the lead. The Tigers tied the score at 19 on a Hawkins kill, but it wasn't enough as Tulsa went on to take the set 25-21.

The Golden Hurricane offense was just getting warmed up as they jumped out a 6-2 lead in the second set. Memphis didn't give up, however, as Hawkins registered a kill to even the set at eight before back-to-back Tulsa points. Following consecutive Jovanovic and Teivane kills tied the set, Tulsa began to pull away. They scored three straight points to gain the lead and six straight to open up a 21-15 advantage. The Golden Hurricane went on to take the set 25-16.

It was more of the same in the third set as Tulsa scored seven of the first nine points. The Memphis deficit grew to as many as nine points before Tulsa took the set 25-14 for the sweep.

Hawkins led the Tigers with 12 kills while Aleksandra Petronijevic posted a match-high 15 digs.  Jaden Louie was the only other Tiger to reach double figures in digs with 11. Louie also dished out 27 assists for the double-double.

Tulsa hit .298 in the match and the Golden Hurricane were led by Tyler Henderson who registered 12 kills.

Memphis will take the court again on Sunday when they travel to SMU. First serve from Dallas is set for 1:00 p.m.




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