Tiger Volleyball Faces Tulane in First Round of Tournament
Nov. 15, 2000
Charlotte, N.C.-- - The University of Memphis volleyball team (13-19, 3-13) opens the Conference USA schedule with a familiar foe. The Tigers will face No. 6 seeded Tulane University, a team they just hosted, Saturday, in Senior Night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The rematch is scheduled for 6 p.m. (EST), Thursday.
Memphis is led by senior April Harriman (Los Angeles, Calif./Brethren Christian). Harriman, who was moved from opposite side hitter to outside hitter prior to this season, leads the team with 479 kills, the sixth-highest single season kill total in school history. The senior surpassed the 1,000-kill mark against Tulane in the last meeting.
The Tiger defense is led by a persistent blocking game. Freshman Brittany Barnett (Dallas, Texas/ Lake Highlands) broke into the single season top 10 with 100 block assists in the regular schedule. The freshman, who has started every match for Memphis this year, is also figuring into the Tigers' serve-receive game. In her first year of collegiate volleyball, she has been a solid passer, currently ranked second of the Tiger primary passers in fewest receiving errors.
The defense is also helped by junior setter Amie Hamilton (Kalama, Wash./Kalama), the 1998 league Defensive Player of the Year. Hamilton has already broke into the Memphis career records in three categories. She currently ranks eighth in school history with 1,092 career digs, sixth with 1168 career assists and ninth in service aces (136).
The two schools split the regular season match-ups, with each team winning on its home floor.
Senior Kim Sentmore is one of the Green Wave's primary threats. In Tulane's 3-0 win over Memphis
in New Orleans, Sentmore led Tulane with 22 kills on 44 attacks, adding 20 digs in the win. In
Saturday's match-up, the senior was second on the team with 17 kills, while junior Erin
Dobyanski took advantage of a Tiger defense adjusted to digging Sentmore's kills with 23 of her own.