Hawkins Sets School Record as Tigers Defeat Southern Miss
Nov. 9, 2012
Altrese Hawkins chasing the school record in kills, there was a lot of excitement at Southern Miss on Friday night. The Tigers escaped Hattiesburg with a narrow 3-2 win to keep their C-USA hopes alive. Hawkins season-high of 25 kills also broke Monique Swaby's 17 year-old school record.HATTIESBURG, Miss. - With a Conference USA Tournament berth, and with
Altrese Hawkins started her record-setting night with six kills in each of the first two sets. Her 18th, and record tying kill put Memphis ahead 12-8 in the fourth set, before breaking the record at 2-0 in the fifth set. She ended with seven kills in the fifth set, and a season-high 25 kills in the match to go along with .375 attack percentage.
Southern Miss (8-19, 4-11 C-USA) started the match with a 5-0 lead, and stretched it to 7-1 before the Tigers slowly came back. The Tigers finally got even with the Golden Eagles at 18 on a Lauren Hawkins kill. Following another Lauren Hawkins kill, Altrese Hawkins gave Memphis their first lead of the match at 20-19 with the first of three kills to close the set. She then gave the Tigers a chance at set point and ended the 25-22 set win with her sixth kill of the set.
Marija Jovanovic opened the second set with a kill, and Memphis (12-18, 7-8 C-USA) opened up a 4-0 lead. However, Southern Miss went on an 8-1 run, taking an 8-5 lead. The Golden Eagles held the lead, extending it to six points before holding off the Tigers late to take the 25-22 second set win.
After a tie at 15 in the third set, Memphis gained a 17-15 lead following kills by Lauren Hawkins and Altrese Hawkins. Altrese Hawkins gave Memphis a 22-17 lead, and the 25-20 set win with another kill.
Memphis jumped ahead early in the fourth set, but Southern Miss quickly gained the lead and control of the set. The Golden Eagles closed the 25-14 set win on an 11-3 run, forcing a fifth set.
The Tigers opened the decisive set on a roll, scoring the first five points, including Altrese Hawkins' record breaking kill. Southern Miss came back and made things interesting, however, cutting their deficit to 10-9. The teams then traded points before the Tigers began to close out the match. Altrese Hawkins finished her record setting night with a pair of kills, giving Memphis the 15-11 fifth set win.
Jovanovic and Lauren Hawkins followed Altrese Hawkins with 11 apiece while Aleksandra Petronijevic continued her hot play with a team-high 25 digs. Viktorija Teivane followed with 17 digs, and Veronica Zimmerman registered a career-high 16 digs to go along with 45 assists. Maja Kostic rounded out four Tigers in double figures with 10 digs. Memphis recorded 12.0 blocks, and the Tigers were led by Sydni Etheredge's eight blocks (seven assists).
Memphis is tied for sixth place in the C-USA standings with Houston, SMU and Marshall. Three of those four teams will qualify for the C-USA Tournament next weekend.
The Tigers will take the court again on Sunday at UCF. First serve is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. (CT) from The Venue at UCF in Orlando, Fla.