UConn tops @MemphisVolley, 3-0
Nov. 22, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The Memphis volleyball team traveled east this weekend for their last road trip of the season, starting first with a Friday afternoon match against the UConn Huskies. Despite each set remaining very close, UConn finished the match with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-23) victory.
The first set proved to be the closest and would take extra points to decide a winner. Neither team led by more than two points until the Tigers took a 22-18 lead on a Viktorija Teivane kill. The Huskies ran off a 5-point run to take a 23-22 lead, followed by two Tiger points to make the score 24-23 in favor of Memphis. The teams traded points to 25-24 before the Huskies rattled off three points to take the set 27-25.
Memphis led early in the second set, holding a lead of 15-13, but two separate 5-0 runs late in the set for the Huskies gave them control of the set at 24-19 before winning 25-20. The Huskies jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set, but the Tigers fought back to tie the score at 9-9. Each team traded off small runs throughout the middle of the set, with neither gaining much breathing room. With the score tied 23-23 UConn rallied for two straight points to take the set 25-23 and the match 3-0.
“We struggled getting all parts of our game clicking at the same time,” head coach April Jauregui said. “That coupled with strong offensive play from UConn and errors at key moments was the difference in the match. We won’t stop pushing this team. We have exactly one week left in the season. We need to put everything we have into this week. We will fight to play for Tiger Pride.”
Lauren Hawkins had a team-best 12 kills on 27 swings. Freshman McKenzie Hayes had eight kills and only two errors on 16 swings, giving her a .375 hitting percentage on the day. Alexis Wesley had seven kills on 17 attempts, for a .412 average. The triad of Hawkins, Hayes and Wesley all contributed defensively at the net as they combined for 12 blocks.
Veronica Zimmerman missed a double-double by just one dig, finishing with nine to go along with a game-high 41 assists. Aleksandra Petronijevic tallied 18 digs, while Lindsey Purvis also finished in double digits, with 11. Petronijevic currently sits at 566 digs on the year, already good for the 2nd most digs in a season by a Tiger. Christen Clayton holds the top mark of 641, a number she reached in 2006.
The Tigers will finish their road season Sunday afternoon with a trip to Piscataway, N.J. to take on the Rutgers Scarlett Knights at Noon ET.