Tiger Volleyball Wraps up Non-Conference Slate versus Ole Miss on Tuesday
Go Tigers! Laura Côté and her teammates will host Ole Miss on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Go Tigers!
Laura Côté and her teammates will host Ole Miss on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Go Tigers!

Oct. 22, 2007

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis volleyball squad will round out non-conference play on Tuesday, Oct. 23 with its annual match against SEC rival Ole Miss. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Admission to the match is just $1.

Memphis (18-8) rides the wave of a pair of big Conference USA victories against Rice and Houston over the weekend. The two wins ensured the Tigers of their seventh straight season with a record of .500 or better.

The U of M has claimed four consecutive matches at home and has won 11 of its 13 home matches this year. Head Coach Carrie Yerty's crew holds a 6-1 mark against non-league foes. The confines of the Elma Roane Fieldhouse have been friendly to the Tigers this year. Memphis has downed 145 more kills than its opponents, while holding its opposition to just .140 hitting.

Seniors Ashley Liford and Shelby Burton have played a significant role in the Tigers success as the duo ranks one and two on the team in kills, kills per game and service aces. Burton also paces the team with a .395 attacking clip and 138 blocks. With at least eight matches remaining, Burton has 115 block assists--fifth-most on Memphis' single-season list. Her 138 total blocks is also the fifth-most ever produced by a Tiger spiker.

Liford and Bury are joined by outside hitter Sarah Bury, who has pounded down 278 and made 248 digs. Junior Laura Côté leads the offense with 1,178 assists.

Scouting the Rebels
Ole Miss brings a strong 18-5 mark into the midweek tilt. Like the Tigers, they too ride a wave of momentum that has seen them take six of the last seven matches, including a win streak of five matches before losing to No. 25 LSU. The Rebs, who got the season off to a 9-0 start, are 6-2 on the road and 4-2 on the road against non-conference foes.

 

 

Ole Miss hit .203 as a team and is led by Katie Kramer's 309 kills. However, Kramer hits just .174 on the year. Caitlin Weiss follows with 256 kills and a .220 attacking clip. No other hitters have eclipsed the 200-kill mark. Rachel Kieckhaefer is the team's most efficient attacker, checking in with a .281 percentage.

Ole Miss has held its opponents to a .168 attacking average. They have maintained over 18 digs and two blocks per game. Libero Tara Langley has made a team-best 442 digs (5.14 d/g). At the net, Emily Jones has made 80 blocks. She is joined by Lauren Moffitt's 67 rejections.

Last Time vs. Ole Miss
Shelby Burton, Ashley Liford and Colette Ramirez each downed 16 kills and Laura Côté handed out 59 assists, but a late rally by Memphis was held off as the Tigers fell to Ole Miss 3-1 Tuesday in non-conference action. Senior libero Christen Clayton made a match-high 29 digs to break the Tigers' single-season digs mark--a mark she set last season.

Sarah Bury knocked home 13 kills for the Memphis offense, while making 14 defensive digs for her eighth double-double of the year. Côté also posted a double-double with 10 digs. At the net, Memphis got four blocks from Ramirez and three from Burton and Melissa Nance.

Ole Miss' Jaclyn Toohey led all performers with 21 kills and a .370 average. Katie Kramer added 17 kills for the Rebels.

All-Time Record vs. Ole Miss
Memphis and Ole Miss have split the 68 contests in the all-time series. Both teams have won on their home floors in the last two meetings.

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