Tigers Face First True Road Tests at Southern Miss and UCF this Weekend
Sept. 30, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The Memphis volleyball team will get its first taste of life on the road this weekend when it travels to Southern Miss and UCF for a pair of Conference USA matches, October 2-4. The Tigers (2-14, 0-3 C-USA) will battle the Golden Eagles at 7 p.m. on Friday. First serve for Sunday's contest at UCF is slated for 12 p.m. EST.
Redshirt freshman Altrese Hawkins leads the team with 147 kills and 2.67 kills per set, while sophomore middle blocker Carolyn Baker hits a team-best .250. Junior outside hitter Katlin Inglish is a close second on the club with 145 kills, while senior outside Lauren Thompson rounds out the Tiger's trio of hitters with at least 100 kills. Junior setter Christine Bach runs the offense with a team-high 391 assists (7.89 aps).
Junior libero Becky Shaffer leads the Memphis defense and ranks fourth in Conference USA with 245 digs (4.45 dps). Bach and defensive specialist Rachel Theard have picked up 166 and 134 digs, respectively. Baker leads the Tigers' frontline efforts with 45 total blocks.
Last Time Out
Houston (4-13; 1-1 C-USA) 21 25 25 28 Memphis (2-14; 0-3 C-USA) 25 21 23 26
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-The Tigers dropped a 3-1 decision to Houston in Conference USA action on Sat., Sept. 26.
In her much-anticipated collegiate debut, freshman Maja Jovanovic posted a double-double with 24 kills, 10 digs and a .388 attack percentage, but Memphis was unable to find victory, losing a 3-1 decision to Houston, Saturday night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers fall to 2-14, 0-3 in C-USA action.
Memphis, who hit .267 in the match and .310 through three sets, also got 12 kills from Katlin Inglish and 10 from Altrese Hawkins. Inglish hit .355 in the contest. Christine Bach dished out 46 assists.
Scouting Southern Miss
Defense is the strength of the Golden Eagles game. USM boasts the conference's top defense, holding opposing teams to a combined .127 average. That effort is due largely to the play of the frontrow-backrow tandem of middle blocker Sara Jane Bowden and libero Maia Ivanova. Bowden leads the team and ranks 10th in C-USA with 0.97 blocks per set (56 TB). Ivanova patrols the backrow and paces the club with 4.21 digs per set-good for seventh in the league. She is the only Golden Eagles player with over 200 digs, at 261. Ivanova became the all-time leader in digs for the Golden Eagles. She currently has 1,668 digs, ranking seventh on C-USA's all-time chart. USM averages 2.10 blocks per game and 15.48 digs per set.
Offensively, Sophomore setter Kelsey Seymour ranks fourth in C-USA with 10.13 assists per set (608 total assists). Seymour leads the league with 12 double-doubles. Lauren Sears leads the team in hitting, checking in with a .286 percentage on 132 kills. Outside hitters Ashley Mell and Caitlin Clarke rank one and two on the squad with 180 and 172 kills, respectively.
Last Time vs. Southern Miss
Southern Miss (13-11; 3-8 C-USA) 20 11 25 20 Memphis (15-10; 6-5 C-USA) 25 25 22 25
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Senior setter Laura Côté posted her second consecutive double-double with 46 assists and 14 digs and Memphis was solid on both sides of the net as it pushed past Southern Miss, 3-1, in C-USA action.
Côté had three efficient options in the contest, led by Emily Underwood. After connecting for a career-high 21 kills on Friday, the middle hitter struck for a match-best 15 kills, hit .414 and made four total blocks. She got offensive help from Tiger outsides Katlin Inglish and Lauren Thompson. Inglish fired away for 14 kills, while Thompson finished with 13.
When it wasn't the Tiger offense, it was the defense as Memphis out blocked Southern Miss 14-3. Casey Sines finished the day with a career-best 10 total blocks, while Rebekah Strickland made five block assists. Côté joined Underwood with four total rejections. Christine Bach picked up a match-best 21 digs in the contest to help Memphis hold USM to .136 hitting.
All-Time Series vs. Southern Miss
Scouting the UCF Knights
The Knights are led by seniors Erin Campbell and Andee Youngblood. Campbell, who notched her 1,000th career kill and 1,000th versus ECU last weekend. is the team leader in kills, with 217. She ranks eighth in the conference in that category and is one of just five players league wide with over 200 kills. Campbell averages 3.50 kills per set. Freshman Sara Rex is the club's most efficient hitter, hitting .412 with 71 kills. Youngblood has doled out 580 assists (9.35 aps). Freshman Nicole Riedel leads the team and ranks sixth in the league with 0.33 service aces per set.
The Knights hold opponents to a .190 attack percentage. Rex leads the defensive stand with 47 total blocks. Her 0.98 blocks per set average ranks eighth in C-USA. Libero Meredith Murphy leads the Knights and ranks fifth in the league with 4.31 digs per set.
Last Time vs. UCF
UCF (13-11; 5-5 C-USA) 23 12 25 25 6 Memphis (14-10; 5-5 C-USA) 25 25 16 21 15
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Middle blocker Emily Underwood put down a career-high 21 kills and made eight block assists, while senior setter Laura Côté posted her first double-double of the year with 52 assists and 15 digs as Memphis held off a late rally by UCF to clinch a 3-2 win in C-USA action, at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Memphis improved to 14-10 on the year and 5-5 in league play.
In addition to the play of Underwood and Côté, Memphis got a strong performance from Thompson. The reserve outside hitter recorded 13 kills, including seven in the fourth set.
Defensively, Christine Bach led the way with a match-high 22 digs. In a blocking war, it was Memphis who emerged on top, out blocking UCF 17-14. Underwood and freshman middle Casey Sines both had eight block assists, while Strickland had six and Côté, five. UCF's Erin Campbell posted four solo rejects.
All-Time Series vs. UCF
High Flyin' Freshman
Top Freshman Kills List
1. Jessica Henry 1998 385 2. Ginger Garrett 1998 359 3. Nancy Nellans 2002 353 4. Amy Greer 1993 320 5. Ashley Liford 2004 305 6. Shoni Hodges 1994 299 7. Monique Swaby 1992 290 8. Rosie Glenn 1996 262 9. Peggy Rule 1983 249 10. Renee Ross 1991 213 11. Melissa Nance 2003 202 12. Nancy Wolter 1985 191 13. Kara Cronin 1987 187 14. Brittany Barnett 2000 182 15. Angie Glaub 1983 163 16. Shelby Burton 2004 154 17. Jessica Trezise 1997 153 18. Tara Pfeffer 1995 151 19. Altrese Hawkins 2009 147 20. Marie Zwolinski 1987 144
Tryin' to Keep the Streak Alive
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