Sept. 1, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Five Baylor players finished with double-digit kill totals as the Tulane University volleyball team dropped a hard-fought match to the Bears, 30-18, 22-30, 30-24, 30-23, Saturday night at the 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic in Fogelman Arena.
Baylor, who went 3-0 in the tournament, won the Classic Championship behind tourney MVP Stevie Nicholas, who led all players with 27 kills. Tulane junior outside hitter Britney Hurst, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the young Green Wave squad with 25 kills, but it was not enough as the Bears outhit the home team .283 to .153.
"We got better and better every time we touched the ball this weekend, and that's a coach's dream," Tulane head coach Betsy Becker said. "If we commit ourselves to continuing to work hard and get better as a team, good things are going to happen. It's the little things that matter - attention to detail, tightening up the screws and paying attention to the small things. By doing that, we will maximize our potential, and work as an efficient machine.
"Britney was unbelievable all weekend. From the first point of the first match to the last point tonight, she was just as powerful. We've just got to keep her going. If other players make themselves available as she has, then that will open up more doors for our attack."
Baylor got things going early, and roared out to a 30-18 game-one victory. The Green Wave, however, refused to quit. Down early on in game two, Tulane battled back from an 18-12 deficit to win the second stanza, 30-22. Tulane fought hard in both games four and five, but the experience of the Baylor club helped the Bears come away with the victory.
"Baylor's a great club," Becker said. "Not only can they pass and play defense, but they've got unbelievable fire power which carried them to the tournament championship. We were very competitive against them. They're a great team, and we matched up with them well. But we made some key errors at critical times, and that cost us as the match went on."
Sunny Nicholas and Laura Daniella Lloreda were tied for second on the Baylor kills list with 12 each, while Tisha Schwartz and Tatiana Kenon both tallied 10.
The Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Jackson, Miss., where Tulane will take on Jackson State University at 7 p.m.
2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic All-Tournament Team Ann MacMillan UNO Jennifer Hampton LSU Britney Hurst Tulane Dana Chuha Baylor Tisha Schwartz Baylor Tatiana Kenon Baylor MVP - Stevie Nicholas, Baylor