Sophomore setter Lauren Etta had 22 assists, seven digs and a block assist during Saturday's scrimmage in the Hertz Center.
Taking the court with a split-squad which featured interchangeable parts, the Wave battled through three competitive sets. The upperclassmen showed their continued development - which helped Tulane post a 28-4 overall record, finish second in the Conference USA regular-season standings with a 12-2 league mark and advanced to the title match of the C-USA Championship in its final season as a member of the conference - while the Green Wave youngsters came out with the upper hand on several occasions.
"We wanted to finish this week with a scrimmage to kind of get the players used to the game atmosphere with game warm-ups and all of that," Tulane head coach Sinisa Momic said. "We put two teams together with interchangeable line-ups and tried to stress certain things that we've been working on during the first week of practice. This was only step one. We taped everything and statted it to see what our strengths are and what our weaknesses are for when we go into our second week, which we'll also end with a scrimmage.
"There were positives. There were certain things that were really good, some things that were good, and some things that we saw we need to put more work in on next week. We're just trying to figure out what our style of play will be with a different setter from last year, and we're trying to figure out what we need to do moving into the second week of practice."
Sophomore middle blocker Sarah Strasner and freshman right-side hitter Sarah Ray finished second to Juric with 11 kills apiece, and Ray had the scrimmage's best attack percentage with a .347 clip recording just three errors in 23 swings. While Etta and Frank shared team-high assist honors, freshman Bianca Ryals chipped in with four to go with one dig in limited action.
Sophomore libero Makenzie Frieden led the Green Wave defense with 13 digs, followed by junior outside hitter Amy Lansky with eight, Etta and Juric with seven each and the trio of Shurtz, sophomore outside hitter Miah Diirell and senior libero Grace Weaver added six apiece. At the net, Strasner paced the squad with four blocks (1 solo, 3 assists) while Shurtz along with senior middle blockers Olivia Utt and Anna Wruck each had three.
The Green Wave will enjoy a day away from the court on Sunday before returning to the practice courts on Monday, Aug. 18, with a pair of sessions beginning at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
"We'll continue to do what we've done every season, which is to step it up in practice," Momic said of his plans for next week. "We'll do more line-up-specific drills and try and figure out exactly what system we're going to play offensively and defensively. We're working on our serving strategy and all of that. As we move into the second week, we'll be more specific with what we can do to put a solid line-up together."
Tulane will open the 2014 campaign on Friday, Aug. 29, when the Green Wave travel to College Station, Texas, to take on UTSA, host Texas A&M and Iowa in the Texas A&M Invitational. The Wave's first home match of the season is slated for Thursday, Sept. 11, when they play host to Southeastern Louisiana in the opening contest of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic in Devlin Fieldhouse. First serve for that match is 7 p.m.
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.