Oct. 24, 2012
The University of Memphis volleyball team went 2-1 last week, including a pair of Conference USA Road wins. This week, the Tigers face league-leading Tulsa at home on Thursday night before traveling to Dallas to take on SMU.
Memphis vs. Tulsa
October 25 | Elma Roane Fieldhouse | Memphis, Tenn.
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Memphis vs. Tulsa (16-8, 9-1 C-USA) - Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm
All-Time Series: Tulsa leads 8-10
Last meeting: Tulsa won 3-0, Oct. 20, 2011
Defending Conference USA champions, Tulsa comes into Thursday night's match on a three-match winning streak. The Golden Hurricane lead C-USA in three categories, kills (14.7 per set), assists (13.6 per set) and digs at 17.8 per set. Tulsa's kills per set and digs per set averages also rank sixth and ninth in the country, respectively. However, teams are averaging 2.5 blocks per set against the Tulsa offense.
Last year's C-USA Player of the Year, Tyler Henderson leads the country with her 5.24 kills per set average and has a total of 456 kills this season. Jessica Adams leads the conference with an average of 5.24 digs per set.
Memphis at SMU
October 28 | Moody Coliseum | Dallas, Texas
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Memphis at SMU (8-14, 5-5 C-USA) -Sunday, October 28, 1:00 pm
All-Time Series: SMU leads 5-4
Last Meeting: SMU won 3-2, Oct. 30, 2011
The Mustangs had a four-match winning streak snapped when the fell 3-0 to Tulsa last Friday night. SMU has blocked well all season, raking fifth in C-USA with an average of 2.1 blocks per set. They have also served well, leading the league with an average of 1.4 aces per set.
Caroline Young leads SMU with 269 kills (3.28 per set) while Courtney Manning's .318 hitting percentage ranks fourth in C-USA. Olivia Bailey has done a good job of distributing the ball as she averages 9.21 assists per set. Maddie Lozano and Susan Lewis anchor the defense with 89 blocks (1.09 per set) and 289 digs (3.52 per set), respectively.
- The Tiger block could be the key to getting a pair of victories this week. Opponents of Tulsa and SMU are averaging 2.5 blocks per set this season. Memphis is averaging 1.8 blocks per set this year.
- Memphis had four players reach double figures in kills at East Carolina on Friday night, marking the second time this season they have accomplished that feat. The Tigers had five players in double figures last week.
- The Tigers accomplished a few firsts this season with their win over Marshall. It was Memphis' first win of the season when have few kills, as well as their first win when have a lower attack percentage. It also marked their first win this season when losing the first set.
- Memphis will look to snap an eight-match losing streak to Tulsa. Since the Tigers last defeated the Golden Hurricane in 2006, they have won just four sets from Tulsa.
- SMU and Memphis spit two five-set matches a season ago, with both teams winning on their home floor.
- Altrese Hawkins (Schaumburg, Ill./Hoffman Estates) was all over the news last week. First she was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, and then she became the second Tiger in history to reach the 1,700 kill plateau. She now has 1,714 career kills, trailing Monique Swaby's 1,789.
- Just as Hawkins is, Marija Jovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia) continues her ascent up Memphis' all-time kills list. She recently eclipsed the 1,200 mark and is 48 kills away from cracking the top-10 with 1,220 career kills.
- Veronica Zimmerman (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) started all three matches for the Tigers a week ago and registered a career-high 41 assists at Tennessee State.