Volleyball Set to Host East Carolina and Marshall in League Action
Oct. 8, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - With the momentum of Tuesday night's win over UCA, the University of Memphis volleyball team will jump back into Conference USA play this weekend with matches versus East Carolina and Marshall. The Tigers will host the Pirates at 7 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 9 in the annual Dig Pink Game. Originally scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m., Memphis' contest versus Marshall has tentatively been rescheduled for Sun., Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. Admission for that match will be free.
The Tigers join the Side-Out Foundation to promote Breast health education in the community as well as raising funds to help eradicate Breast Cancer on Friday. To donate to the cause, log onto Memphis volleyball's Dig Pink team page at https://www.side-out.org/application/teams/team_page/1560. The proceeds from all donations will benefit the Side-Out Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.
Memphis (3-16, 0-5 C-USA) rides the momentum of an exciting 3-1 win over UCA on Tuesday. The Tigers snapped their own nine-match losing streak, while ending a 15-match winning string for the Bears.
Memphis is paced by freshmen Altrese Hawkins and Maja Jovanovic. Jovanovic lead the club with 4.47 kills per set in four matches, while Hawkins is the team's overall kills leader with 186. Hawkins' 186 kills ranks 14th all-time at Memphis for kills by a freshman. Jovanovic and Hawkins are also one and two on the team in hitting, with a .287 and .279 percentage, respectively.
Libero Becky Shaffer leads the team with 290 digs (4.39 dps). Christine Bach and Rachel Theard both average over 2.0 digs per set. Sophomore middle blocker Carolyn Baker has taken over as the team's top blocker. Baker has 60 total blocks and averages nearly a block per set.
Scouting the ECU Pirates
At 8-9 overall and 1-4 in Conference USA play, East Carolina comes into the wekeend on a two-match losing streak. The Pirates were swept in both league contests last weekend at SMU and Tulsa. ECU is just 2-5 on the road this year, including an 0-3 mark in C-USA matches.
Stephanie Turner leads the Pirates offense with 180 kills and 3.00 kills per set. She is one of four ECU attackers that have over 125 kills on the year. Melissa Zentner and Britney Roper have combined for 292 kills. Setter Hannah Fenker has doled out a team-best 809 assists. ECU's offense ranks 12th in Conference USA with a collective .175 attacking percentage. However, the Pirates have been strong at the service line and rank second in the league with 84 aces. Zentner and Roper both have 16 aces, while Turner checks in with 14. Fenker has 11. Fenker leads the club with five double-doubles.
Defensively, ECU holds its opposition to a .190 attacking percentage. Fenker leads the team with 131 digs, while libero Nicole Jones averages 2.23 digs per set. The Pirates blocking efforts are paced by Kelly Derby's 50 total blocks (0.91 bps). Lizzy Bruin is second on the squad with 43 blocks (0.70 bps). Zentner has 41 rejections, while Roper is the team leader with 10 solo blocks.
Last Time vs. ECU
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis libero Christine Bach picked up a match-high 18 digs and the Tiger frontline recorded 17 block assists to hold ECU to a .028 attack percentage for the match in a sweep of the Pirates.
Memphis' offense hit .255 on the day and got six kills each from Côté, Katlin Inglish and Sines. Côté dished out a match-best 26 assists.
The Tiger defense did not allow an ECU player to reach double figures in kills as Lizzy Bruin downed a team-high five kills for the Pirates. Bruin had four of those scores in the first set. Inglish added 10 digs for the Tiger "D". Sines and Strickland made five total blocks each, while Underwood added three.
All-Time Series vs. ECU
Scouting the Marshall Thundering Herd
The Thundering Herd has found success on both sides of the net this year. They rank 18th nationally with 14.03 kills per set, 33rd with a .789 winning percentage, 34th with 12.70 assists per set and 45th with 16.00 digs per period.
Junior setter Elizabeth Fleming sets the pace for the Marshall offense with 770 assists. She ranks second in C-USA and 18th in the country with 11.16 assists per frame. Meanwhile senior Emily Sullivan has been her most efficient target, connecting for a .365 attack percentage (46th nationally). Sullivan has 211 kills and is one of four Herd hitters with over 200 kills this year. Elizabeth Herman leads the team with 218 terminations.
The strength of the Marshall defense is in its back row play. Three players have over 200 digs and average over 3.0 digs per set. That crew is led by libero Ryanne Milligan, who has picked up 261 digs and averages 3.73 per set. Kristin Marcum is second on the club with 232 digs, while Katy Schad roundsout the trio with 203 digs.
Last Time vs. Marshall
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sophomore middle blocker Emily Underwood downed a match-high 14 kills and hit .476 to lead Memphis's offense, while its defense held Marshall to .106 hitting en route to its third straight win via a sweep of the Thundering Herd in C-USA action on Friday night. The victory ensures that Memphis (16-10; 7-5 C-USA) will finish .500 or better for the eighth consecutive season.
Memphis hit .341 in the contest--its strongest offensive production in league play this year. Outside Katlin Inglish joined Underwood's potent night and hit .412 with eight kills. Setter Laura Côté added 31 assists, four kills, eight digs and four block assists in a strong all-around outing.
Defensively, The Tigers were led by Underwood's six total blocks. Libero Christine Bach led all players with nine digs.
All-Time Series vs. Marshall