UCF Hands Volleyball First Home Loss of the Season in 3-2 Decision
Oct. 30, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
UCF (7-13; 5-8 C-USA) 19 30 23 30 19 Memphis (15-12; 6-4 C-USA) 30 25 30 28 17
Memphis held the advantage in kills (88-66), digs (84-64) and assists (77-60), but was unable to hold off a late UCF rally as the Golden Knights upset the Tigers 3-2 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon. The loss is the first setback suffered at home by Memphis this season.
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead into the fourth game, but could not finish the Golden Knights off in the final two sets. The block proved to the deciding factor in the match, with UCF claiming a 14.5-5.0 advantage at the net.
Memphis led 14-12 in game five, but was unable to end the contest as UCF got a block and then benefited from a Tiger hitting error to tie the frame at 14. Another U of M attacking error followed by another UCF block sealed the match for UCF, 19-17.
The Tigers got out the gates quick, hitting .364 in the opening set, while holding the Knights to just .098 hitting. UCF responded with a .533 performance in game two to even the slate, despite Memphis' .488 clip. Memphis broke a 3-3 tie in the third, and hit .302 to cruise to victory in game three, but UCF again responded with a win in game four to send the match to the deciding game.
Nancy Nellans led Memphis with a double-double of 25 kills and 22 digs. Shelby Burton downed a career-high 20 kills for the Tigers, while Christen Clayton made a career-best 25 digs. Fehi Tuivai was solid for Memphis with 17 kills and Melissa Nance rounded out the U of M's top four attackers with 15 kills. Freshman Laura Côté added a double-double of 71 assists and 14 digs. The Tigers got 13 digs from Kristen Hardee.
Memphis will hit the floor next on Fri., Nov. 4 against UTEP at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The match is set for a 7 p.m. start.