Volleyball in Must-Win Situation for Final Home Weekend
Oct. 30, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The University of Memphis volleyball will round out its home schedule with a pair of C-USA matches versus Southern Miss and UCF this weekend. The Tigers and Golden Eagles will meet tonight at 7 p.m. Memphis will host UCF on Sun, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.
With a 1-10 mark in league play, and five matches remaining, Memphis is still in the hunt to earn a C-USA Tournament berth. In efforts to save money, the league reduced its tournament field from 12 teams to eight teams prior to the season. Memphis is still within striking distance of an eighth-place finish, but must win out to clinch.
The Tigers look to snap a four-match road skid and continue their recent success at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Memphis has three of its last four home contests.
Memphis is led by freshman standouts Altrese Hawkins and Maja Jovanovic. Hawkins leads the club with 256 kills and a .259 attack percentage. Meanwhile, Jovanovic has connected for a team-best 3.66 kills per set. The two have combined for 373 kills this year.
Setter Christine Bach moved into the program's top-10 in digs and currently has 1,260 career digs. She is second on the team with 243 digs this season. Junior libero Becky Shaffer leads the Tiger's defensive efforts with 375 digs.
Scouting the Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Two-time C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, Ashley Mell leads USM and ranks ninth in the league with 297 kill (3.38 k/s).
Maia Ivanova leads the team and ranks fifth in C-USA with 4.52 digs per set. She is the sixth C-USA player to reach 1,800 career digs.
All-time Series vs. Southern Miss
Scouting the UCF Knights
Senior outside hitter Erin Campbell leads the Knights offense with 304 kills. She is just one of six C-USA players with over 300 terminations this year. Her 3.66 kills per set average ranks sixth in the league, while her 4.20 points per set is fourth. Campbell, who leads the team with nine double-double performances, is assisted by Kristin Fisher and Sara Rex. Fisher ranks 13th in the conference in kills per set at 3.17, while Rex is the team's most efficient hitter with a .285 percentage.
Defensively, the Knights are anchored by libero Meredith Murphy's 4.27 digs per set.
All-Time Series vs. UCF