Tiger Volleyball Falls to Louisville 3-0 in C-USA Tournament Semifinal
Nov. 21, 2004
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
#5 MEMPHIS (27-9) 19 16 24 #1 Louisville (25-2) 30 30 30
Memphis volleyball was ousted from the 2004 ChevronTexaco C-USA Tournament after dropping a 3-0 decision to the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals Sunday afternoon in the tournament's semifinal round. Nancy Nellans led the Tigers with 12 kills. Heather Watts posted 33 assists, and Tiara Gilkey downed eight kills in the duo's final match as Tigers.
Memphis came out with high energy in game one and held an 11-9 lead after a service ace by Nancy Nellans. But the blocking power of Louisville fueled an 8-2 run that put the Cardinals ahead for good at 17-13. Memphis was never able to recover, falling 30-19. Louisville hit a blistering .412 and had five total blocks to hold Memphis to just a .089 percentage.
Game two was all Louisville as the Cardinal's middle posted 7.5 blocks in an effort that shut the Tiger offense down to a -.093 hitting clip. Memphis was contained to a .000 percentage through the first two frames. Louisville scored six of the game's first seven points, before assisted blocks by Melissa Nance, Kristen Hardee and Gilkey cut the Memphis deficit to 6-4. The Cardinals dominated the rest of the game, using a 16-5 run to claim a commanding 22-9 lead.
A 10-2 Cardinal push erased a 6-3 Memphis lead in the third frame to put Louisville ahead 13-8. The Cards led by as much as five before the Tigers managed to cut the lead to two points on two occasions. However, Louisville scored the final three points to claim the match.
Louisville, who is now 14-0 at home this season, held Memphis to a .047 attack percentage, the Tiger's lowest output of the year. Led by Bing Sun's 13 kills, the Cardinal hit .375 in the contest. Louisville's blocking ability proved to be the difference in the match as they out blocked the Tigers by 13, 15.5-2.5. Three Cardinals had at least five assisted blocks. Jennifer Hoffman finished with a match-high seven block assists.
Christen Clayton paced the Memphis defense with a game-high 12 digs, while Nellans had nine.
Memphis finishes the season 27-10, marking the program's second consecutive 25-plus-win campaign.