Aug. 26, 2006
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore outside hitter Sara Radosevic had 16 kills and the Green Wave hit .322 as a team as the Tulane University volleyball team swept McNeese State 3-0 (30-18, 30-20, 30-22) Saturday at the Kathy Trosclair Memorial Invitational at the Reily Student Recreation Center.
"Sara shoulders a lot of the responsibility for this young team," head coach Liz Kritza said. "I challenged her to step up in a leadership role and she definitely stepped up today."
Freshman outside hitter Ksenija Vlaskovic added 11 kills while freshman libero Jenn Miller and sophomore defensive specialist Liz McGehee chipped in with 13 and 12 digs, respectively, as the Wave improved to 2-0 on the season. Tulane will meet 2-0 New Orleans later tonight (7 p.m.) for the tournament title.
"This team has focused on diversifying its ball distribution," Kritza added. "You can't live and die by one or two hitters. An ideal offense is a balanced one, and both Luna [Rebrovic] and Rachel [Lindelow] are making progress and finding that balance."
In game one, the Wave rolled out to an early 13-5 lead. After a service ace from McGehee put Tulane up 24-14, the Wave closed out the Cowgirls, 30-18, for the 1-0 lead. Tulane hit .262 in the first game, while McNeese State managed a negative .029 hitting percentage.
McNeese led for most of game two, but the Green Wave surged ahead 21-17 on four straight kills. With the score knotted at 17-all, Tulane slammed the door by reeling off a 13-3 run for a 10-point win. The Green Wave hit .357 in the second game with 20 kills on 42 attempts.
McNeese was led by Chanel Tyler's 11 kills and 19 digs from Jessica Strama. But the Cowgirls hit just .062 for the match as Tulane had six total blocks.
In the first game of day two, New Orleans beat Lamar, 3-1 (28-30, 31-29, 30-28, 30-24), to move to 2-0 and set up a showdown of undefeated local teams in the night cap of the Kathy Trosclair Memorial Invitational at 7:30 p.m. Lamar faces McNeese at 5:00 p.m.