Volleyball Opens 2009 Season Versus Evansville on Friday
Aug. 27, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis volleyball team will get the 2009 season underway on Fri., Aug. 28, when it hosts Evansville in the Memphis Invitational at 7 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers will play a doubleheader on Saturday, taking on SEMO at 1 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. matchup versus Arkansas State.
Memphis, who is 22-16 all-time in season-opening matches, will be look to ride the strength of its middle blocking core of Emily Underwood, Carolyn Baker and Casey Sines. Underwood, A 2008 second team All-C-USA pick, led the league and finished the year ranked seventh in the nation in blocking. Baker garnered the program's first All-Freshman honors since 2002 in 2008. Sines put away 114 kills and added 62 total blocks. Rebekah Strickland led the way offensively, hitting .261 with 295 kills. Junior Christine Bach led the club with 528 digs.
All-Time Record vs. Evansville
Last Time vs. Evansville
Memphis 3, Evansville 1
Memphis (2-0) 25 30 30 30
Evansville (1-2) 30 25 16 26
EVANSVILLE, Ind.--Junior middle hitter Shelby Burton crushed a match-high 16 kills against Evansville as Memphis wrapped up a perfect weekend with a 3-1 triumph over EU en route to taking the 2006 University of Evansville Aces Invitational in the opening weekend of the season. Burton was named the Invitational's MVP, while Christen Clayton and Melissa Nance also earned all-tournament recognition.
Memphis dropped set one, but returned to form to post three dominant performances in the next three sets to clinch the tournament title. Defensively, Clayton made 21 defensive digs and Ashley Liford posted her second-consecutive double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs. Sarah Bury had 11 kills. Laura Côtè ran the offense efficiently, handing out 55 assists, while also adding 10 digs.
All-Time Record vs. SEMO
Last Time vs. SEMO
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.--Ashley Liford slammed down 29 kills, and Sarah Bury added 17 kills, but Memphis was unable to hold off Southeast Missouri as it dropped a five-game decision in non-conference action on September 27, 2007. The loss was the second-straight loss for the Tigers, who fell to 12-6. Liford's 29 kills was the most by Tiger since Nancy Nellans totaled 29 strikes against Saint Louis on Oct. 1, 2004.
Memphis got 15 digs from Bury to complete a double-double night. Backrow players Bach and Becky Shaffer made 14 and 10 digs, respectively.
Scouting Arkansas State
All-Time Record vs. Arkansas State
Last Time vs. Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark.--Memphis freshman outside hitter Kelsey Knoche came off the bench to down a career-high 10 kills, while Emily Underwood and Rebekah Strickland recorded 13 and 12 kills, respectively, but that wasn't enough for the Tigers in a 3-1 loss to Arkansas State in non-conference action on October 7, 2008.