Volleyball Begins Three-Match Road Swing at Arkansas State Tuesday
Oct. 6, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis volleyball squad will face its lone midweek test of the 2008 season on Tues., Oct. 7, when it travels to Jonesboro, Ark., to face the Arkansas State RedWolves. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. at ASU's Convocation Center.
Winners of four of its last six, Memphis carries a 12-6 record into the midweek tilt. For the second consecutive week the Tigers split C-USA weekend action, dropping a tough 3-1 decision to Tulane of Friday night, but bouncing back to cruise to a four-game win over UTEP.
Memphis' offense has sputtered at times and hits .206 on the year. Junior right side hitter Rebekah Strickland has come on strong as of late and leads the team with 2.66 kills per set and a .316 attack percentage. Sophomore Katlin Inglish has put away a team-best 181 kills. The offense is run by senior setter Laura Côté. Côté has 694 assists and averages 9.91 per set. She needs just 199 more assists to take over as Memphis' all-time leading setter. Côté currently has 5,454 assists and trails only Clare Dirksen's 5,653 assists from 1986-89.
The Tigers have a strong block at the net led by the country's leading blocker Emily Underwood. The 6-3 middle blocker registers 1.73 rejections per set and has 121 total blocks. She is flanked by freshman middle Carolyn Baker, who has settled into the college game and has led the team in blocking the last two contests. Libero Christine Bach's 4.40 digs per period is tops among the Tiger defenders.
Scouting Arkansas State
The A-State defense has been strong, limiting opponents to a .153 attack percentage and less than 10 kills per set. Junior libero Erin Neeley's 250 total digs and 4.39 digs per set average rates as the nation's 37th highest backrow production this season. Led by Fielder's team-best 56 blocks, ASU blocks 2.03 attacks per game.
All-Time Series vs. the RedWolves