Freshman Annie Shurtz and the Green Wave open a busy week of competition on Tuesday at ULM.
April 7, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University sand volleyball team will open a busy week of competition on Tuesday, April 8, when the Green Wave travel to North Louisiana for the first of two regular-season dual matches against in-state foe ULM. First serve is slated for 2:30 p.m. at the ULM Sand Volleyball Courts.
While the two teams will meet again in dual-match action on April 26 in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday's contest at ULM precedes a Friday contest against Florida State before participating in the Fiesta at Siesta Key on Saturday and Sunday.
Sand Volleyball Drops Pair At Georgia State Tournament
Two days after receiving its first national ranking in program history, the Tulane University sand volleyball team hit a bump in the road as the ninth-ranked Green Wave dropped a pair of dual matches in the Georgia State Sand Tournament on Friday at the GSU Sand Volleyball Complex.
"Despite their record, ULM has some very good players and is always well-prepared and well-coached in game. Coming off a successful weekend at home, it is important that we stay focused, work together to energize each other and compete very hard tomorrow to secure a good result."
The Green Wave head to Monroe 5-3 on the year and winners of their last three dual matches after defeating LSU, 3-2, back on March 26 and posting victories of 5-0 over UAB and 4-1 over Webber International on Friday during the Tulane Pelican Classic at Coconut Beach.
In addition to the current streak, Tulane also posted six wins during the pairs tournament portion of the Pelican Classic, which saw both the Green Wave's top tandem of freshman Tea Juric and sophomore Jackie Wegner along with the No. 3 team of rookie Hannah Holmes and junior Anna Wruck advance to the semifinals of their respective brackets. Juric and Wegner led the team with a 13-6 overall record and share the dual-match mark of five victories with the No. 2 team of freshman Annie Shurtz and junior Grace Weaver.
"At this point in the season everyone is a little tired," Holly said. "ULM will be energized, playing at home in front of their own friends and family. That means we need to reach down deeper to summon our best energy and effort to get a win. We can rest on the long ride home."
ULM, meanwhile, enters the match 2-9 on the year in dual-match play and looking to snap a two-match skid. Three of the Warhawks' losses, however, have come against nationally-ranked foes as ULM fell in straight sets to No. 1 Pepperdine on March 29 and No. 4 Florida State while dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 9 FIU.
The top tandem of Marcela Araya and Zuzana Markova lead the Warhawks with a 10-3 record while the combination of Michelle McNamee and Hadley Swartz is next at 4-8.
While Tuesday's match is the first dual of the year between the two schools, it is not the first time the programs have met this season as both the Green Wave and the Warhawks participated in the Tulane Pelican Classic pairs tournament.
"Since seeing some of the ULM teams over the weekend, we have been able to develop some game planning and practiced around it this morning," Holly added. "I think that information will help us to improve our performance against them tomorrow."