Senior libero Kelli Dickson posted 25 digs in Tulane's 3-0 win over Nicholls State.
Aug. 26, 2005
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Freshman outside hitter Sara Radosevic posted 25 kills and senior libero Kelli Dickson tallied 25 digs as the Tulane University volleyball team opened the Liz Kritza era with a 3-0, season-opening victory over Nicholls State Friday evening at Fogelman Arena.
In their first match under head Kritza, the Green Wave (1-0) made quick work of the Colonels (0-1) by taking just an hour and 41 minutes to post 30-22, 30-27, 30-20 victories. The win marked the third consecutive season-opening win for Tulane, and their third consecutive victory over Nicholls State.
"I'm pleased with the total team effort we had tonight," Kritza said. "Like any young team playing their first match of the season, we had moments of brilliance and small struggles at time. Radosevic carried the offensive load and put up an impressive kills total and capitalized the one-on-one situations her teammates created for her all night. Kelli Dickson performed like you would want your fourth-year senior and team captain to. She played superb defense and stabilized our serve reception.
"Everyone contributed to this win, whether they played every point of every game or cheered from the bench. Things began to come together for us this past week in practice, and we were able to carry that over into tonight's match."
The Green Wave defense was relentless all night, and held the Colonels to a .048 attack percentage. The offense, meanwhile, posted a .248 attack mark with 50 kills and just 19 errors in 125 swings.
While Radosevic and Dickson led the team in their respective categories, junior Sara Thorson had perhaps the best all-around match of anyone with 10 kills, eight digs and four blocks. Rookie middle blockers Lauren Boatwright and Bridget Wells had solid days at the net with a combined 13 kills and six blocks, including seven kills and five blocks by Boatwright.
The Green Wave got off to a bit of a rocky start in game one, but eventually pulled away for an eight-point win. Game two, however, saw the Colonels charge out to a 12-6 advantage. Following a Tulane timeout, the Green Wave went on a 13-4 run to take a 19-16 lead and never looked back. The two teams traded the first 20 points of game three, but with the score knotted at 10-all, the Green Wave used a 13-2 push to take control of the stanza and put the Colonels away for good.
KaLeigh Butler and Atina Porter paced Nicholls State in kills with nine and 10 digs each. Kendra Halverson had four block assists.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, Sept. 2, when they play host to Sam Houston State and Eastern Illinois in the Garden District Hotel/Kathy Trosclair Memorial Tournament. For ticket information for Friday night's game vs. Nicholls State, as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane University Athletic Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE or log onto the internet at www.tulanegreenwave.com.