Volleyball Falls to League Leader Cincinnati, 3-1
Nov. 1, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Cincinnati broke an 8-8 tie in the fourth game on a pair of back-to-back kills from Julie DuPont in a 3-1 win at Memphis, Saturday. With the win, Cincinnati remains perfect in league play at 9-0, improving to 23-2 overall, while Memphis falls to 25-4 and 6-3 in league play.
Following the pair of DuPont kills, giving Cincinnati a 10-8 lead, the Bearcats stretched the lead to 13-10, a gap the Tigers were able to continually threaten, but never close. DuPont would lead Cincinnati with 17 kills, while adding 18 digs, while Leslie Newell added 13 kills and eight blocks. In all, Cincinnati out-blocked Memphis 22-9, with the 13 points' worth of difference making the difference in the tightly-contested match. Memphis came out and won game one, 30-27, but Cincinnati got out to 3-0 leads in both the second and third games and Memphis was left to play catch-up from three and four point deficits for a majority of the night. Cincinnati won game two, 30-25 and game three, 30-26, before a Newell kill closed out the final game, 30-24, for the Bearcats.
Memphis was led for the second straight night by senior Brittany Barnett. Barnett led all players with 18 kills, while Tiara Gilkey added 15 kills and a match and career-high 26 digs. Memphis setter Heather Watts added a triple-double, the first triple-double of the Tigers' season, with 10 kills, 52 assists and 24 digs. The 24 digs was also a career-high for Watts.
Four Bearcats tallied double-digit kills. In addition to DuPont and Newell, Rachel Torblaa added 12 kills, while Maria Pongonis added 11. Lindsey Garrison led the Cincinnati defense with 19 digs, while Myanna Hellsten and Torblaa each added 10 total blocks.
Memphis also had four players in double-digit kills. Nancy Nellans added 14 kills and 14 digs, while Watts added 10 kills. Senior Shella Neba added seven kills and eight total blocks, as the Tiger middles were held to just 11 total kills.
Cincinnati returns home to host Houston and TCU in their next C-USA action, while Memphis opens its final regular season road trip at East Carolina , Friday, at 7 p.m., and at Charlotte, Saturday.