Tiger Volleyball Wraps up 2006-07 School Year in Fine Fashion
May 1, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Tiger volleyball ended the 2006-07 school year strong as senior Christen Clayton received the Elma Roane Award at the senior luncheon hosted by the M-Club, while junior Ashley Liford was named a "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges" award recipient.
Given to the top award a female student-athlete at the University of Memphis, Clayton is the third Tiger spiker to earn the honor since the 2000-01 school year. Past volleyball honorees include Heather Watts and current Tiger assistant the former April Harriman.
Clayton capped her four year Tiger career with AVCA All-Midwest Honorable Mention honors after the senior co-captain was noted as the league's top libero when she was named the 2006 C-USA Libero of the Year. She also was a Second Team All C-USA pick as well as an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 Third Team honoree. Clayton reset Memphis' single-season digs records in 2005 and 2006 en route to claiming the program's all-time digs record with 1,812. She is fourth all-time in Conference USA in career digs. Clayton is one of four Tiger volleyball players to ever post 30 or more digs in a match, when she set a personal-best with 32 digs in a five-game win over Rice. That mark is tied for second in Memphis' single-match recordbook.
The Who's recognition is the second of the year for Liford, who was also tabbed a 2006 Conference USA All-Academic performer. A marketing management major, Liford became the 18th Tigers ever to hit 1,000 kills when she achieved the feat in a loss to East Carolina on Nov. 5. She finished her junior campaign as one of three Tigers to average over three kills per game. The San Antonio native set career-highs with 401 kills and a 276 digs.
Memphis raced to a 27-8 finish and its second appearance in the C-USA Championship match ever. The 27 wins is the third time in four years that head coach Carrie Yerty's squads have posted over 25 wins. The Tigers finished the year ranked nationally in service aces and service aces and hitting percentage.