Tigers Drop Pirates in Straight Sets
Nov. 20, 2011
Altrese Hawkins, Marija Jovanovic and Vesna Jelic all recorded double-digit kills as Memphis knocked off ECU 3-0 (26-24;25-15;25-20) Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum. The Tigers improve to 19-13 overall this season and 8-11 in Conference USA.
"We played much better today than we did against Marshall on Friday, and that resulted in a 3-0 win," Marko Majstorovic said. "We were very calm throughout the match and played good defense. Our good transition game made the biggest difference this afternoon."
Hawkins finished with a match-high 13 kills, while Jovanovic and Jelic each finished with 11. Hajnalka Molnar had a match-best 38 assists to go along with six digs, while Aleksandra Pentronijevic recorded 10 digs. Jovanovic also had five blocks, while Lauren Hawkins finished with eight kills.
"Offensively, we had great balance in swings from (Marija Jovanovic) , (Lauren Hawkins), (Altrese Hawkins) and (Vesna Jelic)," Majstorovic said. "(Hajnalka Molnar) had a nice setting match, and (Aleksandra Petronijevic) and (Maja Kostic) brought the intensity we needed on the back row."
Memphis sprinted out to a 9-3 lead in the first set behind three kills from Jovanovic and pushed the lead to 16-9 before ECU found its footing. Trailing 20-14, the Pirates scored four-straight points to make it 20-18 and then cut it 21-20 after an error by Jovanovic. The Pirates then took the lead 24-23 after another error by Memphis, but The Tigers called a timeout and then scored three-straight points to win the set 26-24.
The two teams traded points at the beginning of the second set, but an attack error by Andrea Queck gave Memphis a 9-8 lead that the Tigers would not relinquish. Memphis jumped out to a 13-9 advantage from there after another error by Queck and pushed the lead to 21-12 after back-to-back kills by Jelic. The Tigers closed the set 25-15 on another Jelic kill.
Memphis and ECU stayed even through the first nine points of the third set before a kill by Jovanovic put the Tigers in front for good at 10-9. Kills from Jovanovic and Hawkins coupled with a flurry of errors by the Pirates allowed Memphis to open up an 18-12 lead, but ECU fought back and got within 20-17 after a kill by Amanda Lutzow. Memphis responded, however, and closed the set out 25-20 and the match 3-0 on a kill by Jelic.
"We will now go back to the gym to read for the last match of the season against UAB," Majstorovic said.
Lutzow was the only ECU player that finished in double-digit kills, registering 11 on the afternoon. Kasey Kavanaugh finished with a team-best 28 assosts, while four ECU players had five or more digs.
The Tigers face UAB Wedensday at 7 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala. in the season finale.