Green Wave win first two sets but cannot close out the match; return to action Wednesday vs Houston
Tea Juric tallies double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs; Lisa Mordell posts match-high 19 digs
Tea Juric posts double-double with 18 kills and 19 digs; Green Wave tally season-high 13 aces
Aubrey Folk, Tea Juric share team-high kill honors with 8 each; Juric paces defense with 13 digs
Juniors Ally Frank and Annie Shurtz come off the bench to tally 38 assists and eight blocks, respectively
Photos By Parker Waters
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Photos by Parker Waters
Momic has led the Green Wave to a combined 79 victories -- the fifth-most by any volleyball coach in Tulane history -- since assuming his current position on March 23, 2009. Along the way, the student-athletes he recruited and directed dot the Tulane record book. Seven of them have earned all-conference honors on nine occasions, five were named to the AVCA All-Region Team, four claimed All-America recognition and another four were listed on conference all-freshman teams. In addition, Momic helped Visnja Djurdjevic become named Conference USA Player of the Year honors in 2009, Mel Mandelbaum earn C-USA Setter of the Year recognition in 2013, and the tandem of Cori Martone and Tea Juric claim C-USA Freshman of the Year recognition in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
While Momic's teams have had ups and downs in the win/loss tallies over the years, he led the team to the 2009 NCAA Tournament -- the only Green Wave volleyball team to earn an at-large bid to the postseason event -- and to the C-USA Championship title match in 2013 when Tulane logged a 28-4 overall record to post the NCAA's largest turnaround from the 2012 to 2013 seasons. The team's 28 wins that year stand tied for the third-most in program history, and Momic went on to be named the Louisiana and C-USA Coach of the Year.
In addition to the team and individual success enjoyed under Momic's tutelage, perhaps his biggest accomplishment has been the 100 percent graduation rate for student-athletes who played four years with the Green Wave. Since taking the reins of the program, 29 of his players earned all-academic honors from C-USA and the American Athletic Conference combined, and seven claimed C-USA Academic Medal honors for posting GPAs of 3.75 or higher from 2009-13.
Prior to being named the eighth head coach in the history of Tulane volleyball, Momic spent the previous six seasons with the Green Wave in various assistant coaching roles. He came to Tulane midway through the 2002 season and served the latter portion of that year and all of the 2003 season as the volunteer assistant under then-head coach Betsy Becker. Momic became the team's second assistant in 2004 and was tabbed the team's top assistant and recruiting coordinator in 2005. In the latter capacity, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of player development, practice design and implementation, as well as expanding Tulane's recruiting base.
During his four years as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator, Momic was responsible for successfully recruiting the bulk of the 2008 roster that helped the team go 26-8, win the C-USA regular-season and tournament titles and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Momic has been able to open the international pipelines of recruiting to the Tulane program which has served the Green Wave well ever since. Since 2005, Momic has successfully signed 13 international standouts from Canada, Croatia, Poland, Puerto Rico and Serbia.
While Momic's collegiate coaching experience is limited to his time at Tulane, he brings a wealth of knowledge both as a player and a coach in his native land.
As a professional, Momic helped his teams win the Croatian Championship and Croatian Cup four times. First breaking into the professional ranks at age 17 for VB Club Mladost in Zagreb, he joined their First Team which competed in the former Yugoslavian League and, later, the Croatian League. Momic competed there until 1994, helping the squad win the Croatian Championship and Croatian Cup three times each.
From there, he played in different Croatian and Austrian teams until 2001 when he came back to Mladost to help the team win the championship again as a player/assistant coach in 2002. He later joined the Men's Junior Croatian National Team as an assistant coach and went on to help the program qualify for the European Championship and finish in the Top 10. In addition, Momic played professional beach volleyball from 1994-2001 where he won the Croatian Championship in 1994 and finished in the top four in the majority of his 37 tournament appearances.
Momic graduated from The High School for Economics in 1993 and earned his bachelor's degree from University of Kinesiology-Zagreb in 2000, where he received certification as a senior volleyball coach -- the highest volleyball coaching degree where he learned from some of the best coaches in Russia, America and China.
Momic comes from a family rich in volleyball tradition. His brother Sasa, who played for the Croatian National Team and continues to play professionally in Europe, was often a beach volleyball partner. His father, Slobodan Momic, has been involved in the sport in Europe for decades, including a stint as general secretary of the Croatia Volleyball Federation. He organized and planned the competition and training aspect of the team's 17-day excursion to Croatia in the summer of 2008, as the Green Wave barnstormed his native country playing club teams and national teams.
Momic is married to the former Lacey Vicknair, whom he met while both were playing for their respective men's and women's teams on the same professional volleyball club in Austria. After moving to Croatia, Vicknair's team went on to win the Croatian national championship. Vicknair helped lead the Tulane women's basketball team to the NCAA Tournament from 1996-99 before turning her attention to volleyball where she lettered for the Green Wave squad in 1999 before turning professional. The couple resides in Metairie, Louisiana, and has one son, Stephen (4).