@Memphisvolley Falls to USF Bulls 3-1
Oct. 25, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - The Memphis volleyball team (11-11, 3-5 American) traveled to Florida to take on the USF Bulls (12-10, 6-2 American) for the first time this season and dropped a 4-set battle 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19).
The first set was close throughout, with seven ties including Memphis tying the set at 22-22 with a kill from Sydni Etheredge. The Bulls were able to pull out the close 25-23 win. As a team, the Tigers hit .289 in the first set compared to the Bulls .256, but the Bulls were able to limit their hitting errors to three compared to the Tigers six.
The Bulls and Tigers were remained close in the second set, including five ties. The Bulls took the lead at 10-9 and were able to hold off the Tigers and take the set 25-20. The Tigers were out-hit in the second set .118 to .237. The Bulls tallied six blocks compared to the Tigers two in the set.
Continuing the theme of the night, the third set was close throughout. The Tigers took a slight lead at 15-14, before stretching it to 24-18. The Bulls pulled within one at 24-23, but the Tigers finished the set with a kill from Alexis Wesley.
The fourth set was close as late as 19-18 in favor of the Bulls, but USF pulled away and took the set 25-19 to secure the 3-1 victory.
"As a team we are knocking on the door," said head coach April Jauregui. "There are times when we are unstoppable and execute at a high level. We have yet to figure out a way to execute for an entire match. We have all the pieces but we need everyone to be on the same page at the same time. From a volleyball perspective we did not execute our serving and passing game at a level to win tonight. We need a sense of urgency in matches and seize momentum when we have it."
Veronica Zimmerman had her team-leading 10th double-double on the night, finishing with 45 assists and 23 digs. Sydni Etheredge had a career-best 17 kills as the sophomore led the Tiger offense. Alexis Wesley and Lauren Hawkins also finished with 10 kills apiece. Michaella Moss missed her third double-double of the year by three kills, finishing with seven and adding ten digs.
The Tigers will return to action Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT when they travel to Orlando, Fla. to take on the UCF Knights. The match will complete the first half of the conference season for the Tigers, with rematches against the Cincinnati Bearcats and Louisville Cardinals scheduled for next weekend at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.