Oct. 1, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Senior outside hitter Britney Hurst set a Tulane three-game kills record with 30 as the Green Wave volleyball team defeated UL-Lafayette in the first NCAA match ever played in the New Orleans Arena Tuesday evening at the ING/Louisiana Showcase.
Hurst, who hit .560 with just two errors in 50 attacks, eclipsed the former mark of 27 set by Kim Sentmore vs. Southern Miss on Oct. 22, 1999. With the 30-28, 30-28, 30-18 win, Tulane snaps a four-match skid to improve to 8-9 on the year. UL-Lafayette, meanwhile, falls to 6-10.
"Britney was a star today and our whole team rallied around her," head coach Betsy Becker said. "It takes a total team effort as always, but hitting a .560 is a significant accomplishment. I felt that, even though we had a few wrinkles throughout the course of the match, we stayed emotionally stable and that was the key to our success tonight."
Hurst was the only Tulane player to finish with double-digit kill totals, but the Green Wave got solid efforts from sophomore outside hitter Anastasia Kenon, who had seven kills, and junior middle blocker Kim Swafford, who tallied six. Hurst tallied her 10th double-double of the season with a match-high 19 digs, and junior libero Karlyn Daly was next with 13. Swafford tallied a match-best seven blocks, including two solo stuffs, as Tulane tallied 11 blocks as a team.
After getting off to a slow start, falling behind 5-1 in game one, the Green Wave were in control for most of the match. Down by four early, Tulane began chipping away and cut the lead to two on several occasions. Trailing 28-26, the Green Wave would go on a four-point run to take the stanza 30-28.
Game three was a back-and-forth battle early on as the team battled to a 6-6 tie after 12 serves. From there, though, the Green Wave used a 6-3 rally to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Tulane lead increased throughout the contest, holding an eight-point lead at 20-12 and a 10-point advantage at 26-16 before cruising to a 30-18 victory.
Stacey Cole led UL-Lafayette with 12 kills, followed closely by Lesley Tough with 11 and Clarice Laires with 10. Cole also led the Ragin' Cajun defense with 16 digs, and Laires finished with 10.
The Green Wave return to action this weekend when they travel to the Lone Star State for a pair of Conference USA contests as Tulane battles Houston on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on TCU on Saturday.