Volleyball Opens Four-Match Home Swing on Tuesday
Oct. 5, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis volleyball team will begin a four-match homestand on Tues., Oct. 6 when it hosts the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears at 7 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Memphis (2-16) looks to break a nine-match losing streak, while the red-hot Bears have won have won 15-straight and is 16-2.
The Tigers are paced by freshmen Altrese Hawkins and Maja Jovanovic. Since being cleared, Jovanovic has led the team with 4.45 kills per set. Hawkins, the season leader with 158 kills, has downed 10 or more kills 11 times this year, including in each of the last eight. She is quickly putting together one of the most prolific rookie campaigns in Memphis volleyball history and ranks 16th on Memphis' all-time freshman kills list. Of the 20 players on the Tigers' 1,000 list, 14 are listed on the list for most kills by a freshman. Junior setter Christine Bach leads the offense with 429 assists.
Scouting the Sugar Bears
The UCA defense holds opponents to a .164 attack percentage, behind Cristin Curl's team-best 284 digs (4.66 dps). Taylor Hammonds leads the way on the frontline with 13 solo blocks and 37 block assists.
All-Time Series vs. UCA
The Tigers will dive back into league play with matches versus East Carolina and Marshall on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches are set for a 7 p.m. first serve at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.