Volleyball Host Southern Miss and UCF in C-USA action this Weekend
Oct. 28, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head Coach Carrie Yerty and the University of Memphis volleyball team will dive back into Conference USA action this weekend, when they welcome Southern Miss and UCF to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse tonight and Sunday, respectively. Match times are set for 7 p.m. for tonight's match, and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Tigers dropped both league contests last weekend to fall to fifth in the C-USA standings, with a 5-3 league mark. The Tigers offense is run by freshman standout Laura Côté. Côté leads the league with 1,098 total assists. Senior Nancy Nellans leads the offense with 337 kills. She has a league-high tying 15 double-doubles this year. Shelby Burton has proven to be a solid attacking option for Memphis as of late. The middle hitter is hitting a team-high .279 on the year, but has ripped double figures in kills, while hitting over .340 in each of the last three matches. Her .331 percentage in C-USA play is fifth in the league. She nailed 13 kills and hit .417 in the Tigers' 3-0 win over Ole Miss Wednesday evening. Not only is Burton putting up strong offensive numbers, but she also ranks third in the league with 1.08 blocks per game. Memphis leads the conference with 199 service aces. Melissa Nance (0.46/g) and Christen Clayton (0.44/g) rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in the league in aces.
Southern Miss (6-12) is winless in league action this season and has lost six of its last seven. USM players have posted at least 100 or more kills, led by Ashley Petrinec's 184. Amanda Blunck leads the team defensively with 245 digs. She ranks among the C-USA top 10 leaders, while Ednali Serralta leads the team in assists (683) and aces (23).
Memphis is 17-11 all-time against Southern Miss after a sweep in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Sept. 30.
C-USA newcomer UCF is 3-8 in C-USA play. The Golden Knight won its first two league matches, but dropped eight in a row beginning with the loss to the Tigers on Oct. 2. Jill Heppert is second in the league with 0.57 aces per game, while Jana Mitchell, Sara Neiderworder and Heppert are seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively in blocks. Maina Heming leads the UCF offensive with 211 kills (3.10/g). Mitchell, Neiderworder and Lorin Lukas are the only other attacking options with at least 100 kills. UCF opponents hold a 1,046-889 advantage in kills on the season.