Mustangs Stun Tigers with 3-2 Comeback Win
Oct. 28, 2012
DALLAS - Based on the recent history, when Memphis play SMU in volleyball, fans can get ready for a five set match. The Tigers and Mustangs proved that statement true again on Sunday in Dallas as the Mustangs escaped with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory. Memphis won sets one and three 25-18 and 27-25, and SMU won the second and fourth sets 25-18 and 25-21 before taking the final set 15-11.
The first set started out tight as the teams traded points until the Tigers (9-18, 4-8 C-USA) finally scored consecutive points. Viktorija Teivane registered one of her three kills in the set before a Mustang attack error gave Memphis a 12-10 lead. Veronica Zimmerman and Lauren Hawkins then teamed up for a block, pushing the lead to three. Memphis extended their lead to 23-16 following consecutive kills by Lauren Hawkins and Altrese Hawkins before Memphis took the set 25-18 on back-to-back Altrese Hawkins kills. Memphis recorded a season-best .556 attack percentage in the set, registering 15 kills on 27 attempts with zero errors.
The Tigers looked to keep rolling in the second set as Marija Jovanovic and Katie Meyer opened the set with a block. Memphis quickly pushed their lead to 4-1 and led 7-3 after a Lauren Hawkins block before SMU (9-15, 6-6 C-USA) started to come back. The Mustangs scored four straight points to even the set before Teivane registered a kill. SMU then grabbed an 11-10 lead they would not relinquish. The Tigers tried to comeback and got within 15-14, but the Mustangs went on to even the match at one with the 25-18 victory.
The third was played just as tight as the first two, except this time the teams traded runs. Memphis scored four of five points to take a 14-11 lead before the Mustangs took a timeout. That break seemed to change the set as SMU followed with a 7-0 run to take an 18-14 lead. However, the Tigers had an answer, gradually coming back and finally tying the set at 22 on a Zimmerman ace. Memphis then fought off two Mustang chances at set point on kills by Jovanovic and Altrese Hawkins. Teivane gave Memphis the 27-25 win with one of her three kills in the set. Altrese Hawkins had six kills in the frame while Jovanovic registered five of her own.
The fourth set went back-and-forth early and the teams were tied at nine before the Mustangs began to take control of the set. SMU rolled off five straight points, taking a 14-9 lead before Meyer and Zimmerman ended the spurt with a block. The Mustangs held that lead and withstood a comeback from the Tigers late to take the set 25-21 to force a fifth set.
Memphis started the fifth set on a roll behind the service of Maja Kostic. She registered a kill to open the set and capped 3-0 with an ace after Altrese Hawkins hammered home a kill. However, the Mustangs responded, with a 3-0 run to even the set. Following a Memphis point, SMU then scored seven of the next nine points to take a commanding 10-6 advantage. The Tigers tried to comeback, but it wasn't enough as SMU took the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.
Three Tigers reached double figures in kills, led by Altrese Hawkins' 18. Jovanovic followed with 15 while Lauren Hawkins rounded out the group with a season-high 13 kills. Zimmerman dished out a career-best 57 assists while Aleksandra Petronijevic registered a team-high 24 digs. Kostic was the only other Tiger in double figures with 12 digs.
Memphis recorded more kills than SMU, 61-to-57 and had more service aces, 7-to-4, but the Tigers made 17 service errors in the match. The Mustangs recorded 19 blocks to the Tigers 10 in the match.Memphis will take to the court again this weekend for their final home matches of the season. The Tigers will face Marshall on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and East Carolina on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Sunday is also Senior Day in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.