Sep 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's volleyball squad will look to extend their season-opening winning streak to four matches as they head to Hammond, La., on Tuesday night for a 7pm CT match against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at the University Center.
Live stats can be followed on TulaneGreenWave.com, and video will be available through a subscription service on Southeastern's web site, www.lionsports.net.
Tulane is coming off a weekend in which they went undefeated at the Kathy Trosclair Memorial Tournament, posting wins over Mississippi Valley State and Rider in three sets and also winning a five-set nail biter to Nicholls State. With the three wins on the season, Tulane has already posted a win total that was half of their 2012 season win total.
Green Wave stalwarts Cori Martone, Mel Mandelbaum, Anna Wruck, Grace Weaver and Olivia Utt posted solid weekends during Tulane's first three matches. Martone was second on the team with 28 kills, while also recording two service aces. Martone has also played solid defense, as she is second on the team with nine block assists.
Weaver and Mandelbaum both notched five service aces each to tie for the team lead, while Mandelbaum has also notched a team-high 76 assists for a set average of 6.91. Weaver's 45 digs are tops for the Green Wave.
At the net, Wruck owns the lone solo block for the Green Wave while also posting another eight block assists. Utt is fourth on the squad with four block assists.
On top of the veterans, the Green Wave have gotten some huge performances from a trio of freshmen, while a total of five saw action during last weekend's tournament. True freshmen Annie Shurtz and Sarah Strasner started all three matches over the weekend, while fellow rookie Tea Juric started two. All three made their mark, as Shurtz led Tulane in kills over the three-match weekend with 40, followed by 27 from Juric. Strasner led the team in blocks with 11 during the 11 sets she played, and is third on the team with four service aces.
Tiffany Thomas leads the Lions with 24 kills in nine sets. Mikayla Shippy owns 74 of the Lions 83 total assists. Three Lions have posted 20 or more digs with Brooke Balser leading the way with 27, while Morgan Todd (26) and Shippy (21) are not far behind. Landry Bullock and Rachael Bunn have both notched three solo blocks each, while Bullock has totaled 17 to Bunn's 12.
Tulane holds the all-time series lead over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions, 36-5. Despite the two schools being separated by only 60 miles, they have not faced one another since November 5, 1997, when the Green Wave took the match in three sets.
The match against Southeastern begins a five-match road swing, as Tulane will travel to Youngstown, Ohio, Friday for the YSU Invitational where they will face Toledo, Youngstown State and Saint Francis (Pa.). On Sept. 11, Tulane will travel across town to square off against New Orleans.
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