Tigers Welcome Four Teams to the Tiger Invitational
Go Tigers! Lauren Hawkins is tied for the team-lead with 27 blocks.
Go Tigers!
Lauren Hawkins is tied for the team-lead with 27 blocks.
Go Tigers!

Sept. 13, 2012

Tiger Invitational
Memphis | Alabama A&M | Belmont | Louisiana | UIC
September 14-15 | Memphis, Tenn. | Elma Roane Fieldhouse
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After playing in road tournaments the last two weekends, the University of Memphis volleyball team will play in the comforts of home this weekend. The Tigers are hosting their second tournament of the year, and welcome Alabama A&M University, Belmont University, the University of Louisiana and the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) to the Tiger Invitational. There will be five matches played on Friday and four on Saturday. Matches start at 10:00 a.m. both days.

THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS
Memphis vs. UIC (4-6) - Friday, September 14, 12:00 pm
All-Time Series: Memphis leads 6-2
Last meeting: Memphis won 3-1, Sep. 3, 2010
UIC got off to a slow start, dropping their first four matches. However, the Flames won their next three games and have won four of their last six. Aubrey Sniegowski leads the Flames with 107 kills (3.06 per set) while Janise Dismuke leads the team with 41 blocks, 1.17 per set.

Memphis vs. Belmont (3-7) - Friday, September 14, 7:00 pm
All-Time Series: Memphis leads 4-1
Last Meeting: Memphis won 3-2, Aug. 28. 2010
Belmont won their season opener, but they dropped their next seven matches. The Bruins earned 3-0 and 3-2 victories over Evansville in their last outing. Allison McCoy leads the Bruins with 71 kills (2.54 per set) while Jamie Lundstrom has a team-high 159 digs for an average of 4.82 per set.

Memphis vs. Alabama A&M (1-11) - Saturday, September 15, 12:00 pm
All-Time Series: Memphis leads 5-0
Last Meeting: Memphis won 3-0, Aug. 26, 2011
Belmont has struggled to start the season as the come into the weekend 0-11. The Bulldogs most recently dropped a three-set decision to Rice last weekend. Clairissa Moore leads the team with 94 kills (3.76 per set). Ashley Forman has recorded a team-high 259 assists.

Memphis vs. Louisiana (5-6) - Saturday, September 15, 5:00 pm
All-Time Series: Memphis leads 8-4
Last Meeting: Memphis won 3-0, Sep. 15, 2007
Following two losses to start the season, Louisiana rolled off four-straight wins. However, the Ragin' Cajuns four straight matches before earning a default win on Tuesday night.. Louisiana has five players that have recorded at least 60 kills this season. The group is led by Lavinia Tataran and Blair Claypoole who have 101 and 96 kills, respectively.

STORYLINES

  • In the Tigers' 3-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast, Memphis held the Eagles to an attack percentage of .019. The last time Memphis held their opponent to an attack percentage below .100 was last November against Tulane.
  • Memphis blocked well last weekend at the Rocket Classic, averaging 2.4 blocks per set in three matches. The Tigers raised their season average from 1.71 blocks per set to 1.91 blocks per set.
  • The Tigers have recorded nine blocks in three of their last four matches. Memphis reached 10 blocks in a match three times last season, the last coming November 4 against UCF.
  • Memphis had recorded at least one solo block in their last five matches until they failed to record a solo block against Illinois State. The Tigers have had at least one solo block in all but two matches this year.
  • Katie Meyer (Dalton, Ohio) and Lauren Hawkins (Rowlett, Texas) led the team at the Rocket Classic with 12 blocks apiece. They each posted two solo blocks and 10 assists. Hawkins matched a career-high with six stuffs against Toledo and Meyer posted a season-high five blocks against Florida Gulf Coast. The duo is tied for the team lead with 27 blocks this season.
  • Altrese Hawkins (Schaumburg, Ill./Hoffman Estates) posted two more double-doubles at the Rocket Classic and was named to the all-tournament team. She also became the fifth player in school history to reach the 1,500 kill plateau.
  • Hawkins ranks 14th in the first NCAA rankings with a kills per set average of 4.56.
  • Jaden Louie (Whittier, Calif./Whittier Christian) continued her stellar play as she recorded another double-double with 26 assists and a season-high 12 digs against Illinois State. She also set a season-best with 47 assists in the Tigers' 3-0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast.

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