Oct. 17, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - It wasn't always pretty, it wasn't always technically sound, and it wasn't always easy to watch, but when all the dust settled, the Green Wave ran its winning streak to 12 and remained undefeated in league play as the Tulane University volleyball team defeated Conference USA foe Marquette 3-1 Friday evening at Fogelman Arena.
Tulane appeared to have the match in hand after winning game one, 30-27 and holding a commanding 20-12 advantage in the second stanza. From there, however, the match took a strange turn as the Golden Eagles rallied to win game two, 30-28, and made the Green Wave work overtime in 32-30 and 31-29 Tulane victories in the final two contests.
"When you go through a lull like we did in game two and wind up losing, that can often take the wind out of a team's sails," head coach Betsy Becker said. "We were able to overcome the adversity, make the adjustments and put the nails in the coffins. We feel so fortunate to come out tonight with a victory."
With the win, the Green Wave improve to 19-2 overall and 5-0 in Conference USA action. Marquette, meanwhile, falls to 5-13 on the year and 2-3 in league action.
Junior middle blocker Deva Fowler tied for team-high kills honors with a team-best 21 to lead three Green Wave players with double-digit kill totals. Junior outside hitter Anastasia Kenon was second on the squad with 17 kills, and junior right-side hitter Iman Houston posted 13.
Defensively, senior libero Karlyn Daly tied a school four-game record with 27 digs, which ranks tied for sixth all-time in Green Wave history, as Tulane out-dug the visiting Golden Eagles 93-87. Junior outside hitter Lindsey Norman finished second on the squad with a career-high 20 digs, and Kenon tallied 18.
"Our front line was formidable tonight," Becker said. "It's always important to out-block your opponent, but when you're able to have 11 more blocks than your opponent, that translates into wins.
"Marquette is a quality team with the fastest offense we've seen so far this season. But, again, our team had the tenacity and the perseverance to prevail. Both teams played well defensively, but it came down to firepower on offense."
Erin Freer paced Marquette with 21 kills, followed offensively by Ann Lopata with 15 and Theresa Coughlin with 11. The Golden Eagles, which came into the contest second to Tulane in the conference in digs, had five players tally double-digit dig totals and were led by libero Jamie Mueller with 23.
The Green Wave returns to action on Saturday when they take on C-USA foe DePaul at 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena. Following the match with the Blue Demons, Tulane takes to the road to take on league opponents Louisville and Cincinnati on Friday and Sunday, respectively.