Tigers Fall at UCF
Nov. 11, 2012
UCF (14-14, 11-5 C-USA) quickly jumped ahead 3-0 in the first set and didn't look back. The Knights opened up a 7-2 lead before the Tigers called for a timeout. Altrese Hawkins and Sydni Etheredge recorded consecutive kills to make the score 13-8, but UCF responded with three consecutive points to open up their largest lead of the set. Hawkins became the first player in Memphis history to reach the 1,800 kill plateau when she recorded a pair of kills at the end of the first set. UCF took the frame 25-19.
Memphis (12-19, 7-9 C-USA) fell behind early in the second set, but came roaring back behind a 6-0 run. Veronica Zimmerman started the spurt with one of her four kills in the match and Jovanovic followed with another kill. Lauren Hawkins pulled the Tigers into a tie a 6-6 before a pair of Knight errors put Memphis ahead 8-6. However, UCF answered with a 5-0 run to take a 12-7 lead and force a Memphis timeout. The Knights extended their lead to 18-12 before Memphis tried to mount a comeback. Altrese Hawkins registered a kill, and then after a Knight attack error, Hawkins and Etheredge teamed up for a block to force a UCF timeout and pull Memphis within 23-20. Nevertheless, UCF scored two of the final three points to take the set 25-21.
The Knights jumped ahead early in the third set, and extended their advantage to as many as five points before Memphis made a comeback. Trailing 18-13, Lauren Hawkins registered a kill and Maja Kostic followed with an ace to pull Memphis within three points. Following a couple UCF points, Etheredge and Altrese Hawkins teamed up for another block, and a Knight attack error brought the Tigers back within two points. Altrese Hawkins then pulled Memphis within 21-20 with her 10th kill of the match. However, UCF scored back-to-back points before taking the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.
Seniors, Jovanovic, Kostic and Altrese Hawkins accounted for 22 of Memphis' 35 kills in what was their final match. Altrese Hawkins led the Tigers with 10 kills and ends her career with 1,806 career kills. Kostic followed Hawkins with seven kills and Jovanovic registered five kills and two blocks.
Zimmerman led the Tigers with 28 assists while Aleksandra Petronijevic registered a team-high nine digs.
With the Tigers' loss, and Marshall's win over UTEP, finished tied for eighth in C-USA with Houston and SMU. Memphis went 7-9 in C-USA, and misses the tournament based on a tiebreaker with SMU and Houston. The Tigers posted a 12-19 overall mark.