Volleyball Set for Western Kentucky's Lady Topper Invitational
Sept. 9, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis volleyball team will wrap a tough pre-Conference USA slate this weekend as it heads to Bowling Green, Kentucky to play in the Lady Topper Invitational hosted by Western Kentucky University. The Tigers will open the tournament on Fri., Sept. 11 with a 10 a.m. match versus Northern Illinois. Memphis will battle in-state foe Tennessee State at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, before rounding out the weekend against the host Western Kentucky Lady Toppers at 2 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 12.
Scouting the Tigers
The Tiger offense is led by outside hitters Katlin Inglish and Lauren Thompson. Inglish, a junior, leads the squad with 64 kills (2.91 kps), while Thompson has downed 60 kills (2.73 kps). Christine Bach leads the way with 117 assists and four aces.
Emily Underwood is back to her old ways at the net, leading the team with 20 total blocks. On the back row, libero Becky Shaffer anchors the club with a team-high 101 digs. The junior recorded a pair of 19-dig performances last weekend. Bach is second with 89 digs (4.05 dps).
Scouting Northern Illinois
The NIU offense hits .260 as a team and has recorded 20 more kills than its opponents. That charge is led by Meagan Schoenrock. The senior outside hitter has pounded a club-best 94 kills for an average of 3.48 kills per set. She hits .275 and has scored 102.5 points through the first eight matches. Senior Cassie Yates has 82 kills, but hits a scorching .403. Sophomore Allison McGlaughlin rounds out the Huskies' top attackers with 89 kills. Setter Amanda Tadla has 244 assists.
All-Time Record vs. the Huskies
This year's meeting between Memphis and Northern Illinois will be the first in 33-years (since 1976). The two institutions have not played since the game went to the best three-of-five format. Memphis lost to Northern Illinois 2-0 in the 1976 SIU Quadrangular, but defeated the Huskies 2-1 in the series' first contest in 1974.
Scouting Tennessee State
Picked to finish ninth in the Ohio Valley preseason poll, Tennessee State has struggled offensively, being held under a collective .200 attacking percentage in each of the last five matches. Sophomore outside hitter Terakka Walker leads the team with 2.48 kills per set and 72 total points. Junior middle blocker Vicmari Prospero checks in with 51 kills (2.04 kps) and 70.5 points. Prospero also paces the squad with 12 service aces. Setter Yamari Padilla-Collazo has picked her opportunities well and hits a team-best .343 with 28 kills. She averages 9.08 assists per set.
Walker is the clubs defensive leader as well, racking up 3.12 digs per set. Prospero and senior outside hitter Shawna Ruiz lead the Lady Tiger's frontline with 14 total blocks.
All-Time Record vs. the Lady Tigers
Last Time vs. Tennessee State
Tennessee State 14 16 15 Memphis 30 30 30
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--The Memphis offense produced 19 services aces to power the Tigers to a 3-0 (30-14, 30-16, 30-15) shutout of Tennessee State (0-2) in the 2004 season opener. Three Tigers finished with double-digit-dig performances to open the season. Heather Watts led the way with 16 to go along with 34 assists and four kills, while Tiara Gilkey and Christen Clayton each had 11. Clayton also had a career-high six service aces. Gilkey and Kristen Hardee led the team offensively with eight kills each. The match was the first for two Tigers who went on to become a pair of the best players to ever wear the Blue and Gray. The freshmen, Ashley Liford and Shelby Burton each collected four kills in her first taste of collegiate action.
Scouting Western Kentucky
The Lady Toppers and setter Lauren Stuckel have four legitimate attacking options, led by Jordyn Skinner's 80 kills. The freshman leads the team with 2.76 kills per set and hits .215. She is assisted by the trio of Tiffany Elmore, Emily Teegarden and Brittany Bowen. Elmore ranks second on the club with 66 kills, but connects at a team-high .345 average. Teegarden has 63 kills, while Bowen hits .294 with 54 terminations. The Lady Toppers hit .258 as a team. They are also tough at the service line. Lindsey Gould leads the way with 11 aces, while Skinner, Stuckel and Sarah Rogers have nine aces each.
On the defensive side of the net, Rogers leads the squad with 119 digs (4.10 dps). The front line is also led by Bowen Elmore and Teegarden. Bowen leads the blockers with 23 rejections. Elmore has 22 blocks and Teegarden, 15.
All-Time Record vs. the Lady Toppers