Tiger Volleyball Cruises to Sweep of DePaul
Oct. 30, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- -
DePAUL (10-16; 3-6 C-USA) 25 26 27 MEMPHIS (23-7; 7-2 C-USA) 30 30 30Junior Nancy Nellans posted her third straight double-double (12 kills, 10 digs) as the Tigers improved to 23-7 with a sweep of DePaul in Conference USA action Saturday evening at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Memphis began the match with a service ace from Melissa Nance and never looked back as the Tigers claimed their third consecutive win. Tiara Gilkey added a double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs for Memphis, who hit just .205 on the match. Nellans and Gilkey were the lone Tigers to reach double figures in kills, but Memphis got solid play out Nance and Shelby Burton to help the cause. Nance finished with a .353 hitting percentage and eight kills, while Burton had nine kills and hit .471 on the night. Heather Watts put up a match-high 51 assists.
The Tiger defense was again strong as Memphis out dug DePaul 63-58. Libero Emily Steckel led Memphis with her second straight double figure dig performance with 15 digs. Watts had 11 digs as Memphis held DePaul to a .193 hitting clip.
"I am really pleased about this weekend," said Memphis head coach Carrie Yerty. "This was a big weekend and we had to perform under pressure. I am really pleased with how strong our liberos played this weekend. They made critical defensive plays that changed the momentum of the game for our team."
Memphis will now prepare to hit the road for a pair of league matches against UAB on Fri., Nov., 5, followed by a matchup with USF on Sat., Nov. 6