Volleyball Wins Third Match in Three Days
Oct. 26, 2003
CHICAGO, Ill. - The University of Memphis volleyball team (27-2, 6-1 C-USA) won its third straight match in as many days with a 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-17, 30-26) win at Chicago State, Sunday. Memphis came back from a 1-0 deficit after slow starts and a hot hitter from Chicago State kept the Tigers at bay through all of game one and most of game two.
The Tigers got behind early in game one, falling behind 4-1, then trying to play catch-up with the Lady Cougars, who were coming off two home conference wins as part of Parents' Weekend. Memphis never got any momentum going in the first game, as CSU's Stacey Cole, a transfer from Louisiana-Lafayette, downed six kills in the opening game and added four service aces. Cole entered the weekend's schedule the 30th in the nation in service aces. Memphis did rally and pullk within 27-25, but a pair of Cole kills put CSU back up 29-27 and a Melissa Nance service error gave the Lady Cougars game point, 30-25. Cole would finish with a game-high 26 kills.
Memphis went down again early in game two, trailing 4-1 before a CSU attack error and a Shella Neba kill pulled the Tigers' within one. But the Lady Cougars kept the Tigers at bay until Memphis started an 8-2 run that pulled them ahead 14-11. That lead went to 15 before CSU answered with a 4-1 run of their own to tie the match at 15 apiece. The Cougars took the lead on a ball that landed behind Tiger setter Heather Watts after hitting the antenna going over and not being called. With the call going against them, the Tigers got down and CSU took advantage to seize the lead and run it out to 18-17. The Tigers would manage to pull back to tie the game from points 18-27 when Heather Watts dumped a ball that landed on the far-side line to give Memphis a 28-27 lead. CSU tooled a kill for the last tie of the game at 28 and Neba tipped a ball over a two-up block to give Memphis game point, 29-28. Nancy Nellans stepped back into the line-up and downed a kill down the line to give Memphis a 30-28 game two win.
The Tigers got their blocking game going right away in game three, opening the game with a Tiara Gilkey and Nance block of Cole. That Tiger duo would stop Cole two more times, and the duo of Neba and Kristen Hardee would stop her a fourth time on game point, 30-17. The Tigers also got Gilkey going on offense. After hitting .000 in the first game and negative in the second, the junior outside downed four kills with no errors in the third game.
Memphis seemed to be running away with game four when a pair of Lady Cougar blocks pulled CSU within 14-9. Memphis tried to keep the lead at five or six points from there, but CSU pulled within 28-25 on three kills from Cole and a trio of errors from the Tigers. Tiger setter Watts was called twice for bad sets despite having her back to the net to save two bad passes for CSU to pull to 28-26, but a Hardee kill followed by a long Lady Cougar attack gave Memphis game four, 30-26.
The Tigers return home to host No. 20 Louisville, Friday, at 7 p.m. Memphis will follow that match with a Saturday match against league leading Cincinnati, at 7 p.m.