Volleyball Set to Open 2010 Campaign at Belmont Invitational
Aug. 26, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Head coach April Jauregui and her Memphis Tigers will get the 2010 season underway this weekend with three matches at the Belmont Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. Memphis will open the season on Fri., Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m., when it takes on Jacksonville State. The Tigers will play a doubleheader on Sat., Aug. 28, facing the host Belmont Bruins at 12:30 p.m., before rounding out the weekend with a matchup versus Miami (Ohio) at 3:30 p.m.
"We have had a very successful pre season camp," Jauregui said. "I am pleased that we have achieved the goals we have set and established the foundation for our system of play. The next step this weekend is solidifying our starting lineup and player rolls. This will be a challenging opening weekend of play. I scheduled these teams in order to test our team early and provide a good gauge for where we need to go from here. All 3 teams in this tournament are comparable to the teams we will face in CUSA. We are ready to meet the challenge."
Memphis, who welcomes nine newcomers to the program, will be led by the sophomore duo of Altrese Hawkins and Marija Jovanovic. Hawkins, who was tabbed a 2010 Preseason All-C-USA member returns after leading the squad with 335 kills and a .282 hitting percentage. Hawkins earned C-USA All-Freshman honors and was named to the COBRA Volleyball Magazine's All-National Second Team. Opposite Hawkins is Jovanovic, who paced the Tigers with 3.30 kills per set in her rookie season. Jovanovic downed 165 kills and added three double-doubles.
On defense, Memphis returns libero Christine Bach and Becky Shaffer, both seniors. Bach, who posted two of the program's top three single season digs totals, served as the libero as a freshman and sophomore made the transition to setter last year. Shaffer stepped up and made a team-high 457 digs in 2009.
Scouting Jacksonville State
The Gamecocks are led by returnees Lauren Harkins, Jen Meyer, Brooke Schumacher and Caitlin Vorbeck. Harkins picked up a school-record 662 digs in the libero position last year, while Schumacher took over as the program's Division I assists leader. Meyer and Vorbeck are both 2010 preseason All-OVC picks.
All-Time Record vs. Jacksonville State
The Bruins will be led by senior libero Megan Clements and juniors Maggie Johnson and Channing Salava. A First Team All-Atlantic Sun performer a year ago, Johnson paced BU's offensive attack with 427 kills. Salava, a Second Team All-A-Sun selection, set a team-high 1,219 assists, while Clements, who also was tabbed a Second Team All-A-Sun member, anchored the back row with 511 digs.
All-Time Record vs. Belmont
Scouting Miami (Ohio)
MU will look to Michele Metzler in the middle. The senior the team's returning leader after downing 2.31 kills per set and hitting .303 a year ago. Metzler will be joined by Jenn Caylor as the club's lone returning starters. Caylor, a junior, logged 1.12 kills per set and 1.78 digs per set in 2009. On the defensive side of the net, libero Lisa Treadway returns after averaging 3.61 digs per set in her rookie season.
All-Time Record vs. Miami (Ohio)
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