Tiger Volleyball Team Opens Season This Weekend
Aug. 30, 2000
MEMPHIS, TENN.-- - The University of Memphis volleyball team will open its season in the Bradley University/Mark Twain Hotel Classic in Peoria, Ill., Friday.
The Tigers, led by lone senior April Harriman, will open the season against Wisconsin-Green Bay at 5 p.m., Friday. UWGB finished with a 4-27 record in 1999 with a team with no seniors and just two juniors.
The Phoenix will rely on sophomore Brenda Krauss, a 1999 Midwestern Collegiate Conference all-newcomer team member, to play an important role in the offense after she downed 212 kills last season. Junior Angela Sobocinski, the first player in Phoenix history to amass consecutive 300-kill seasons as a sophomore, will also be a big part of the attack.
After the UWGB match, Memphis' next action will be against host Bradley at 10 a.m., Saturday. The host school may provide some of the stiffest competition of the tournament after finishing with a 20-6 record despite 10 newcomers last season. The Braves finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference and suffered just one non-conference loss--to eventual NCAA champion Penn State.
Bradley Head Coach Scott Luster's name may ring a bell for Tiger fans. Luster was Louisville's first full-time volleyball coach and guided them to their first non-basketball NCAA tournament bid in just his second year at the helm of the Cardinals. He was 140-90 at Louisville and guided them to two Metro titles and two NCAA tournament bids.
Memphis wraps up the tournament against the University of Toledo at 2:30 p.m., Saturday. Toledo is another team that struggled with a young team last season, finishing 8-21 for the year. The Rockets had nine newcomers last year, but have their top three offensive producers returning this season. The trio of sophomores Jessica Buck, Bitsy Mayle and Becky Radomski all return for Head Coach Kent Miller. Buck led the team with a .266 attack percentage, while Radomski led the squad with 3.17 kills per game.