Volleyball Travels to North Carolina for Five Matches
Sept. 21, 2004
DAVIDSON, NC -- - The University of Memphis volleyball team traveled to North Carolina for a single match against Davidson College, on Wed., Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., before taking on UNC-Asheville, Florida Atlantic, Morgan State and UNC-Greensboro in the UNC-Greensboro Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25.
Head coach Yerty notched her milestone 150th win with the 3-1 win over Mississippi State in the MSU/Microtel Classic title match and looks to improve on that total as she returns to Davidson, the cite of Yerty's first career win at Memphis.
"This is a good opportunity to play different teams from other conferences," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We are going to take each game one at a time and our goal is to return to Memphis with five wins."
The Tigers come into Wednesday's match as winners of three straight and four of their last five. Memphis claimed its second tournament title of the year over the weekend when they went 3-0 in the MSU/Microtel Classic in Starkville, Miss. Senior Tiara Gilkey garnered the tournament's MVP honors, while junior outside hitter Nancy Nellans, broke out of an early season slump with three solid matches to earn All-tournament honors.
In addition to Gilkey and Nellans, Memphis has gotten solid play out senior setter Heather Watts. Watts, who is just one assist shy of her 4,000th assist as a Tiger, teamed up with fellow senior Gilkey to sweep this week's Conference USA weekly awards. The Sandy, Utah native leads all league performers in assists with 623. The next closest setter is 94 assists behind the Tiger's captain.
Davidson (2-11) has dropped four straight and are hitting just .130 as a team. The Wildcats started the season 0-7 before winning a pair of matches against Northern Arizona and Rider in the NAU Fiesta Bowl Tournament.
Memphis will face UNC-Asheville on Friday at 3 p.m., followed by a matchup with Florida Atlantic at 10 a.m. The Tigers will battle a 6-8 Morgan State squad in the first match at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, before taking on the host UNC-Greensboro Spartans at 2:30 p.m.
"Each team is respectable and I am sure we will be challenged in each match." Yerty said.