Oct. 30, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore middle blocker Deva Fowler had 18 kills and six blocks, and senior outside hitter Britney Hurst tallied 16 kills and 16 digs, to lead the Tulane University volleyball team past cross-town rival UNO 3-0 Wednesday night at the Lakefront Arena.
Fowler, who hit a team-leading .552 with just two errors in 29 swings, tallied two solo blocks and four block assists. She also chipped in with four digs as the Green Wave snapped a three-match losing streak.
With the win, the Green Wave snapped a three-match losing streak to improve to 15-13 on the year. UNO, meanwhile, falls to 10-16. Tulane has now defeated the Privateers three straight times, including once earlier this year to give the Green Wave their first series sweep over the intra-city foe since 1999.
"Deva was our hot hitter tonight, and Norm again provided us with a spark that catapulted us to a 'W'" head coach Betsy Becker said. "I think UNO basically committed to stopping Britney and that opened things up for other hitters to rise to the occasion. Any time an opponent keys on one hitter, the other have to rise up, and tonight we did that.
"This a start to our goal for the remainder of our season. We want to win six out of our last seven, and that's one down. We set out to make this a 20-win season, and we're still striving to achieve that goal."
Junior libero Karlyn Daly posted a match-best 17 digs as the Green Wave out-dug UNO 70-54. As a team, Tulane hit .285 with 52 kills and just 15 errors in 130 attempts while the defense held the Privateers to a .099 attack percentage with 44 kills and 29 errors in 152 swings.
Tulane got off to a hot start, rolling out of the game with a 5-0 run. The lead swelled to as many as six, but the Privateers would not go away and cut the lead to one at 19-18. Following a Tulane timeout, the Green Wave were able to push for point and got the lead back to five at 24-19. The two teams traded points the rest of the way, but the early Tulane spurt proved to be the difference as the Green Wave won 30-25.
UNO scored the first point of game three, but the Green Wave went on a 10-2 rally to take the early lead. Tulane held a commanding lead for most of the stanza, but UNO would make it a tight ballgame late. The Privateers cut the lead to three at 26-23, but the Green Wave were able to regroup and close out the game to take a 30-25 decision.
Melissa Caravella led the Privateers with 11 kills and 12 digs. Allison Howard and Christine Zimmer each had 10 digs in the losing effort.
The Green Wave returns to action on Friday when they travel to North Carolina to take on Conference USA foe Charlotte at 6 p.m. Following the Charlotte match, Tulane will travel to Greenville to tackle ECU on Saturday.