MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis volleyball team (15-9; 4-7 C-USA) will hit the road this weekend for a pair of Conference USA road games against Tulsa (Friday, Oct. 28) and SMU (Sunday, Oct. 30).
The Tigers will look to rebound after dropping matches on the road to Rice and at home to Houston last weekend. Altrese Hawkins led the Memphis attack against Rice with 10 kills, while Vesna Jelic (11) and Aleksandra Petronijevic (13) each finished with double-digit digs. Marija Jovanovic led the Tigers in kills with 14 against Houston, while Hawkins (13) and Vesna Jelic (12) both recorded double-digit kills and digs, with 11 and 13 respectively.
This will be the second match of the season for the Tigers with both Tulsa and SMU. Memphis outdueled SMU in a tough, five-set match at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Oct. 14 that saw Hawkins register a career-high 30 kills. Tulsa dropped the Tigers in straight on Oct. 16 in Memphis.
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After dropping a 3-1 decision to SMU on Oct. 5, Tulsa has rattled of six consecutive wins to improve to 19-5 overall and a league-best 10-1 in C-USA play. The Golden Hurricane is led by Tyler Henderson, who was voted as the C-USA Preseason Player of the Year. Henderson has totaled a conference-best 411 kills (4.89 k/s) this season while playing in every set for Tulsa.
SMU brings a 9-14 overall record, including 5-6 in C-USA play into this weekend's competition. Marshall upended SMU in a five-set battle in the Mustangs' last game. SMU is led by two powerful attackers in Jessica Oliver and Dana Powell. Oliver leads the team with 275 kills, while Powell has 254 kills of her own. Kelli Becerra is the main setter for SMU and averages 8.01 assists per set.
Vesna Jelic picked up her fourth double-double of the season with a 12 kill/13 dig effort in a five-set win over SMU. Hajnalka Molnar leads the team with six double-doubles on the season, while Jelic and Marija Jovanovic each have four.
Climbing the Ladder
Altrese Hawkins became the 21st person in Memphis Volleyball history to down 1,000 kills in her career. She picked up her 1000th in the first set against Howard and is now 14th all-time in the Memphis record book with 1,166 career kills.
Like a Hawk
Altrese Hawkins continues to ink her name in the Memphis record books. Her newest accomplishment was downing 30 kills in a single match in a 3-2 win over SMU, becoming just the sixth Tiger in Memphis history to do so.
With a 3-2 victory over SMU, Memphis head coach April Jauregui picked her 54th win at the helm of the program. She now ranks sixth on the all-time coaching wins list.
Acing the Competition
Memphis leads C-USA with 154 aces (1.81 sa/s) with four players ranking in the top seven in the conference in aces. Hajnalka Molnar leads the way with 33 aces (.39 sa/s), while Marija Jovanovic (.34 sa/s), Maja Kostic (.29 sa/s), and Vesna Jelic (.32 sa/s) join her in the top 10.
The Tigers are currently tied for second in C-USA in total kills in the 2011 season. Memphis has downed 1,158 kills (13.62 k/s) so far this year. The Tigers are third in the conference in hitting percentage (.241).