Volleyball Heads to Pittsburgh In Search of Victories

Sophomore Izabela Grot Leads the Team with 30 Kills in 2010

Sophomore Izabela Grot Leads the Team with 30 Kills in 2010

Sept. 2, 2010

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9/3/2010 - 9/4/2010
Tulane Green Wave at Pittsburgh Volleyball Invitational
Vs. Lipscomb (Fri.), Purdue and Pitt (Sat.)
Start Times: 4:00 p.m. (Fri.), Noon and 6:00 p.m. (Sat.)
Arena: Fitzgerald Field House

Looking at the Green Wave

A rugged pre-conference schedule awaited the young Tulane volleyball team and, just a week after facing three nationally ranked opponents. Now, the Green Wave will take to the court against three more quality squads at the Pittsburgh Volleyball Invitational.

Entering the weekend, the Green Wave are hitting just .122 as a team, with 99 kills in 303 total attacks. The leading offensive producers for the Green Wave came to campus from across the Atlantic Ocean, in Izabela Grot (Poland) and Milica Jovic (Serbia). In nine sets this season, Grot has a team-high 30 kills, while Jovic ranks second on the team with 26. Freshman Cori Martone has added 18 kills in nine sets and senior Lindsey Shepard has ten kills to start the season.

A good set will always help the offense and freshman Mel Mandelbaum began to take control of the Green Wave squad in the tournament finale at New Mexico. The rookie handed out a career-high 22 assists in TU's match versus Pepperdine, after distributing 28 assists in the first two matches combined.



The Olive and Blue will need to have more of a presence at the net this weekend, accounting for just ten total blocks last weekend. On the reverse, Tulane was blocked 31 times, with 14 more attempts recorded as blocking errors for their opponent.

Scouting the Opposition

This weekend, the Olive and Blue will look to pick up their first win versus the host Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh (0-4) of the Big East Conference, the Purdue Boilermakers (2-1) from the Big Ten and Lipscomb (2-1) out of the Atlantic Sun.

Pittsburgh enters the weekend with a 0-4 record, dropping a midweek tilt at Kent State on Tuesday. Pitt is led by senior outside hitter Amy Town, who has a team-best 42 kills and leads all non-liberos with 31 digs. Imani Harper has 27 kills and Lauren Hartman chipped in 21 kills thus far in 2010. Allyson Hodnik has dished out 89 assists, while libero Margy Acton has 42 digs.

The Boilermakers won their first two matches of the season, before dropping a 3-2 decision at #24 Northern Iowa to end their opening weekend. Ariel Turner has pounded out 42 kills, while Tiffany Fisher (34), Anna Drewry (24) and Katie Griffin (23) are all above the twenty kill mark. Jaclyn Hart has handed out 100 assists and the trio of Carly Cramer (23), Emily Ehlers (26) and Blair Bashen (43) lead the floor defense in digs.

Lipscomb suffered a 3-1 setback against Kansas to open their season, but rebounded with wins over Creighton and San Francisco to close out their stay at the Bluejay Invitational. The middle is where the Bison go when they need a point and they usually get it when senior Alex Kelly is on the court. Kelly has 63 kills in three matches this season and Meghan Hinemeyer has 31 kills in 12 sets played in 2010. Jake Pease controls the offense for LU, tallying 145 assists, and Kelly also leads the squad in digs with 58.