@Memphisvolley Wins Third Straight Home Match, Downs Cincinnati 3-1
Nov. 1, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Tigers volleyball team (12-12, 4-6 The American) returned to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse Friday evening, taking on the University of Cincinnati Bearcats (1-23, 1-9 The American). The teams went to 5-sets earlier in the season at Cincinnati, but the Tigers took down the Bearcats in 4 to extend the Memphis home winning streak to three games.
Memphis jumped out to a quick lead in the first set, but Cincinnati countered, rallying late to take the set 26-24.
The second set started closed with the score getting tied at 2-2 and 4-4, but the Tigers took the lead at 5-4 and led the rest of the way. The Tigers led by as many as seven points and held off a late Bearcat push to take the set 25-22.
The third set proved to be the closest of the night, with no team leading by more than three points at any point throughout. The score was tied as late as 23-23 before the Tigers pulled ahead and took the set 25-23.
The Tigers cruised to the win in the fourth set, never trailing and leading by as many as 11 points. The Bearcats had another late push, but the Tigers held strong and took the set 25-16.
Lauren Hawkins and Alexis Wesley led the charge offensively with 13 and 12 kills respectively. Michaella Moss also hit the double-digit plateau, finishing with 10. Moss also added 15 digs, giving her a double-double for the third time this season.
Veronica Zimmerman dished out 44 assists while digging 12 balls. She added an economical three kills in only six attempts as well. The double-double gives the sophomore setter a team best 12 on the season. Aleksandra Petronijevic led the defense with 23 digs, while Viktorija Teivane added 11.
The Tigers return to action Sunday afternoon when they look to continue their winning ways at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, welcoming conference favorite Louisville scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.