Volleyball Opens 2013 Season Friday, Playing Host of Kathy Trosclair Memorial Tournament

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Tulane director of volleyball Sinisa Momic will get a chance to see his team in action three times this weekend
Tulane director of volleyball Sinisa Momic will get a chance to see his team in action three times this weekend

Aug 29, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's volleyball will start their season this weekend, playing three matches over the course of Friday and Saturday as they host the Kathy Trosclair Memorial Tournament at the newly renovated Devlin Fieldhouse on Tulane's campus.

The Greenies will square off against Mississippi Valley State at 7pm CT Friday evening, while playing Rider at 10am and Nicholls State at 7pm on Saturday.

Nicholls State and Mississippi Valley State will kick off the tournament at 10am CT on Friday, followed by a match between Nicholls State and Rider at 4:30pm CT. The game between the two Tulane matches on Saturday will feature Rider and Mississippi Valley State at 4:30pm CT.

Live stats for all matches can be followed on TulaneGreenWave.com, and streaming video of Tulane matches only will be made available through the All-Access page on TulaneGreenWave.com.

Friday and Saturday's tournament marks the 17th time since 1990 that Tulane will hold the Kathy Trosclair Memorial tournament, in memory for one of the greatest coaches in Tulane athletics history. Trosclair won 174 matches during her seven-year stint as head coach from 1981-87. She remains the only Tulane volleyball coach to have led a squad to a 30-win season, having done so in both 1986 and 1987. Unfortunately, Trosclair lost a battle with ovarian cancer shortly after the1987 season.

Tulane is looking to rebound this year after wrapping up the 2012 campaign with a record of 6-21. They return most of their top players from last year, including Preseason All-Conference USA senior Cori Martone. The Greenies will also look for strong performances from senior outside hitters Milena Dragovic and Azarri Badawi, as well as senior setter Mel Mandelbaum, junior middle blocker Anna Wruck, junior right-side Olivia Utt and junior outside hitter/libero Grace Weaver.



On top of the returning players, the Greenies figure to allot playing time to many of the newcomers. Tulane added eight new student-athletes - seven freshmen and one transfer - to provide a significant amount of depth that the team has not seen in recent years.

Mississippi Valley State defeated Philander Smith College in their opening match of the season in three straight sets last Saturday. Taylor Delaire led the way with seven kills, while Halle Gayten added two solo blocks and a block assist.

Nicholls State lost their entire starting six after an 11-19 2012 season. Marley Bean is the top returnee in assists with 117, and Brooke Hopper is the top kills returnee with only 35.

Rider finished 11-17 last season. Bridget Sheerin paced the team with 276 kills, while Nicole Moorman is the top-returning blocker with 56 blocks.

Mississippi Valley State and Rider will be new foes to the Tulane volleyball program, as the Greenies have never faced either squad. Tulane holds a large lead over Nicholls State in the all-time series, winning 53 of the 64 matches. The two teams have not faced off since Aug. 26, 2005, Tulane's lone match at Fogelman Arena that season, due to Hurricane Katrina.

Single game tickets will be available for $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children.

For Friday's matches, fans are encouraged to park in the Rosen Lot before 5pm CT, as the Loyola lot will not be available until then. Fans may park in the Loyola lot for Saturday's matches.

Season tickets for Tulane volleyball are $55 for adults and $35 for youth, ages three to 14. For single-game ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE (9283). Group discounts are available when ten or more tickets are purchased.

The Tulane 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, log onto the official website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.

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