Memphis Volleyball Wins Five-Game Thriller over Tulsa
Oct. 13, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Tulsa (19-5; 6-2 C-USA) 30 22 30 20 13 Memphis (18-4; 4-3 C-USA) 28 30 26 30 15
Tiger sophomore Sarah Bury posted a career-high 24 kills and 18 digs to lead Memphis to 3-2 come-from-behind win over Tulsa in Conference USA action Friday night. Ashley Liford made a career-best 15 digs, while Shelby Burton set a new personal with nine blocks to help the Tigers extend their home win streak to 10 matches. The contest was televised on CSTV will be aired in tape-delay on Sun., Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.
Burton and Bury teamed up to put away 40 of Memphis' 75 kills on the night. Burton, who hit a match-high .432, hammered home 19 kills and made no errors in 44 swings. The Tiger middle blocker also served up five of Memphis' nine service aces. Liford completed a double-double performance with 10 kills. Setter Laura Côté ran the Tiger offense efficiently, finishing just one kill shy of her first career triple-double. Côté downed nine kills, dished out 57 assists and dug up 14 Golden Hurricane attacks.
Memphis used a pair of four-point runs in game-five to seal the win. Trailing 5-1 early in the contest, a kill by Burton ignited a surge that pulled the Tigers even at 5-5. Tulsa took a 12-10 lead late, and looked as if it would escape Memphis with a win, but the Tigers refused to give in as Liford stepped up with a kill and an ace to give Memphis the lead for good, 13-12. Bury finished the tilt with her 24th kill of the night.
The Tigers extended the match to the maximum with a solid all-around performance in game four. Staring a 2-1 deficit in the face, Memphis put up a solid block in the fourth set, finishing with four rejects. Burton claimed three blocks. The Tigers led from the first point, leading by nine, 19-10 late in the set. Tulsa was held to a .064 clip, while Memphis hit .292 behind five kills from Bury.
Tulsa battled through 13 ties and four lead changes to claim a 30-28 win in game one. Memphis, who was again led Bury, hit .200 in the opening game, while Tulsa hit .191. Memphis rebounded to hit .410 in the second game to knot the match at 1-1 heading into the intermission.
Memphis will continue it five-match homestand on Sunday, when it hosts SMU in a 1 p.m. matchup.