Oct. 12, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Norman came off the bench to tally seven kills, three service aces and three digs to help spark the Tulane University volleyball team past Conference USA foe UAB in a 3-0 win Saturday night in Fogelman Arena.
Norman hit .389 for the match with no errors in 18 attacks, and was a catalyst for the Green Wave, which got off to slow start. After falling behind 8-5 in game one, head coach Betsy Becker called Norman's number and the substitution helped spark a straight-game 30-27, 30-24, 30-14 win.
"Linsdey Norman was a firestarter for us," Becker said. "She came and played well offensively and defensively. We started out without a very good rhythm, but once we got it, we flowed very well as a team."
With the win, the Green Wave improved to 10-10 overall and 2-2 in C-USA action. UAB, meanwhile, fell to 7-13 on the year and 1-3 in league play.
Senior outside hitter Britney Hurst led all players with a match-high 19 kills, followed by sophomore middle hitter Deva Fowler with 11 while junior middle blocker Kim Swafford and Norman each had seven. Freshman setter Kelli Dickson tallied 40 assists and a match-best 10 digs in the win. The Green Wave tallied 10 aces on the day, including four by Fowler, and committed just five errors.
The Tulane defense also played an important role in the win as the Green Wave out-dug UAB 42-39 and held the Blazers to a .126 attack percentage, including a negative-.027 in game three.
"Our game plan was to stop their two outside hitters, and we were able to hold both of them to under .200 (attack percentage)," Becker said. "We blocked them line and controlled their cross-court attack with solid digs. I thought a bright spot tonight was our serving. We had a two-to-one ratio of aces to errors, and any time you can do that, you're going to be successful. It was a goal we set last night after the South Florida match, as well as avoiding errors near the end of games.
After falling behind in game one, it was all Green Wave for most of the rest of the contest. After trailing by as many as five in the opening stanza, Tulane battled back to tie the game at 23-all. The two teams traded the next eight points, but with the score knotted at 27, Tulane went on a 3-0 rally to take the game 30-27.
Tulane fell behind early in game two, trailing 2-0. But after tying things up at 4-all, the Green Wave pushed for point and watched its lead increase throughout the stanza. Leading 11-9, Tulane went on a 5-1 rally to make it as six-point lead and kept the Blazers at arms reach en route to a 30-24 win.
Game three was all Green Wave as Tulane jumped out to a 11-1 lead and never looked back. UAB cut the lead to eight on three occasions, but the early lead was too much for the Blazers as the Green Wave cruised to a 30-14 decision.
Martina Shields and Allison Magner led the Blazers with 10 kills. Defensively, Shields, Magner and Kristi Lee tied for team-high dig honors with seven each.
The Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 15 when they play host to Centenary in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. in Fogelman Arena.