Olivia Utt, Anna Wruck and the Green Wave will play 13 home matches, including the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic, in Devlin Fieldhouse during the 2014 season.
Three of the Wave's 2014 foes played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago as Arizona and Texas A&M both advanced to the second round while UTSA edged Tulane in the Conference USA Championship title match in 2013. The upcoming season is the start of a new era for the Green Wave as the University makes a move to the American Athletic Conference.
Tulane is one of three teams making the move from Conference USA to The American during the 2014-15 academic year, joining East Carolina and Tulsa, while former C-USA rivals Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, SMU, UCF and USF were all part of the league for its inaugural season a year ago. In addition, Tulane will face a pair of first-time league opponents in Temple and UConn.
"The former Conference USA teams we've played before, although we haven't seen some of them in years," said Momic, who was named C-USA Coach of the Year in 2013. "There will be some familiarity for us, but we'll have to face some new teams that we've never played before like UConn and Temple. For us, it will be getting familiar with everybody this year. I think we have a good team, I think we'll be well prepared and be ready to play anybody.
"There's definitely a level of excitement about the new conference. There are some teams that we haven't played before, but it's a new start. It's going to be exciting to see who comes out on top."
Tulane's first home match of the 2014 season will be on Thursday, Sept. 11, when the Green Wave play host to Southeastern Louisiana in day one of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic. The Wave will also take on Howard in the tournament on Sept. 12 before closing out the event on Sept. 13 against FAU.
The Sugar Bowl Classic is one of four in-season tournaments the Green Wave will play in as Tulane opens the season at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas, from Aug. 29-30, will travel to Grand Folks, N.D., for the UND Classic from Sept. 5-6, and will head to Tucson, Ariz., for the Wildcat Classic from Sept. 19-20.
"The first tournament of the preseason at Texas A&M is probably the toughest one," Momic said. "It's going to be the opposite of last year's preseason where we kind of eased in and it got tougher at the end. This year's preseason starts with a really good tournament and then we'll face some other good teams during the preseason to prepare us for the conference."
The Green Wave's other 10 home matches are all against American Athletic Conference opponents, and Tulane will play its inaugural American contest on Friday, Sept. 26, against Memphis in Devlin Fieldhouse. Other home conference matches for the Wave are against Cincinnati on Sept. 28, Houston on Oct. 1, East Carolina on Oct. 3, UConn on Oct. 17, Temple on Oct. 19, SMU on Oct. 31, Tulsa on Nov. 2, UCF on Nov. 21 and USF on Nov. 23.
Tulane will open the 2014 campaign on the road with a trip to the Lone Star State where the Green Wave will play a twin bill on Aug. 29 against UTSA and host Texas A&M on the first day of the A&M Invite before closing out the weekend on Aug. 30 with a showdown against Iowa. From there, Tulane will head to North Dakota for the UND Classic where the Wave will play host North Dakota on Sept. 5 and 6 while squaring off against South Dakota on Sept. 5.
The Green Wave's final regular-season tournament will be the Wildcat Classic where Tulane will battle UMBC and host Arizona on Sept. 19, and Coppin State on Sept. 20. In addition, Tulane will play road American contests at Tulsa on Oct. 10, SMU on Oct. 12, USF on Oct. 24, UCF on Oct. 26, Houston on Nov. 5, East Carolina on Nov. 9, Cincinnati on Nov. 14, Memphis on Nov. 16, Temple on Nov. 26 and UConn on Nov. 28.
The winner of the American regular-season title will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which is slated to begin on Dec. 4 at sites yet to be announced. The NCAA Championship is schedule for Dec. 20 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Green Wave return three starters among seven letterwinners from last year's team, which finished 28-4 overall, second in Conference USA with a 12-2 league record and advanced to the C-USA Championship title game. Headlining the list of veterans are seniors Olivia Utt, Grace Weaver and Olivia Utt. The trio was instrumental in helping the Green Wave post the nation's biggest turnaround as the team was just 6-21 in 2012.
Also back for the upcoming season are 2013 Conference USA Freshman of the Year Tea Juric along with fellow sophomores Miah Diirell, Lauren Etta, Ally Frank, Makenzie Frieden, Annie Shurtz and Sarah Strasner, and redshirt-junior Amy Lanski. Tulane will also welcome the talent of incoming freshmen Sarah Ray, Bianca Ryals and Maggie Singleton for the 2014 campaign.
Season tickets for the 2014 Tulane volleyball team are available for $55 through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The ticket office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr., Center and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call (504) 861-WAVE (9283) or log onto the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.