Volleyball Set for Season Opener at No. 26 Louisville
Aug. 23, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For the University of Memphis volleyball team, the summer is over and the 2007 season is here. The Tigers will open the 2007 slate tomorrow evening against former Conference USA foe and 26th-ranked Louisville Cardinals in the Louisville Invitational. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. at Cardinal Arena. Memphis will play a doubleheader on Saturday as they will face Tennessee Tech at 11 a.m., followed by a meeting versus Coastal Carolina at 5 p.m.
This season marks the 12th for Head Coach Carrie Yerty, who needs just three wins to surpass former Tiger leader Diane Hale and become the all-time winningest coach in Memphis volleyball history. Hale garnered 212 wins in a nine-year stint at Memphis. Yerty, who has amassed 100 wins over the last four seasons, has posted 210 career coaching victories on the Tiger sideline.
Memphis will look to young and untested talent to support its four mainstays. Sophomores Rebekah Strickland, Rachel Theard and Lauren Thompson will be expected to make sizeable contributions. Three redshirt freshmen--Christine Bach, Katlin Inglish and Emily Underwood will see their first action in collegiate competition this weekend. Bach is expected to start at the libero or defensive specialist position, while Inglish and Underwood will vie for playing time.
Louisville leads the all-time series against Memphis 24-10. The two schools have not met since the Cardinals became a member of the BIG EAST. In the last meeting between the two institutions, Louisville swept Memphis in the 2004 C-USA Tournament.
Scouting Tennessee Tech
Scouting Coastal Carolina
Memphis has never played CCU in volleyball.
Memphis is 19-17 all-time in season openers. Since Carrie Yerty took the helm of the program, the Tigers have been successful on Opening Day. Memphis has won four consecutive season openers and is 9-2 in 11 years under Yerty. The Tiger's last season-opening loss came in 2002, when they lost to Georgia State 3-1.