Tulane Hosts the Nokia Sugar Bowl Volleyball Classic



Sept. 8, 2000

Nokia Sugar Bowl Volleyball Classic For the first time, the Tulane Green Wave hosts the Nokia Sugar Bowl Volleyball Classic. Participating in this year's tournament are No. 15 Wisconsin, Colorado, LSU, New Orleans and Tulane.

vs. Wisconsin This weekend is the first meeting between Wisconsin and the Wave. The Badgers enter the tournament with a 2-1 record and a No. 15 ranking according to the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Poll.

vs. LSU The LSU Tigers (2-1) hold a 39-19 all-time advantage over the Green Wave. The last time the Wave defeated the Tigers was on Oct. 8, 1996 (15-9, 15-9, 16-14). Since then, TU has dropped six matches to LSU.

vs. UNO The Green Wave has taken the last two matches from the Privateers, who are 2-2 in 2000. Overall the Wave is 52-21 against UNO.

vs. Colorado The Green Wave is not scheduled to play Colorado this weekend. The Buffalos enter the tournament with a 1-2 record.

Kill #1,000 Senior Kim Sentmore needs just 10 kills to reach her 1,000 career kill. Sentmore's 533 kills recorded in 1999 is the third highest total in school history and is over 13 times the number of kills she put down during her freshman year (36). Six Green Wave players have recorded over 1,000 kills in their career. Alicia Robertson holds the career kills record with 1,966.

Best Start Since The Green Wave's 3-0 record marks the team's best start since 1996.

Perfect Attendance Junior Jennifer Witte has not missed a game in her Tulane career. Witte has been the Wave's starting setter for two years and has played in 234 consecutive games. Her career total in assists, 2,864, is the second highest in the program's history.

Win 100 Head coach Betsy Becker Ferrer is just six wins shy of her 100 victory as the leader of a Division I program. Becker Ferrer averaged 18.2 wins a season in her five years as a head coach. She recorded back-to-back 20 plus win season at New Orleans and more than doubled TU's 1999 win record in her first season with the Green Wave.

Around the Conference After one week of play the Green Wave has left its mark in Conference USA. As a team the Wave lead the league in hitting percentage with .347 (135-34-291) and service aces, averaging 2.78 per game. Lindsey Bennett leads C-USA in hitting percentage with .481 (31-5-54). Freshman Lauren Jones-McClain is tied for third in blocks per game with 1.25.

Who's Who There are six new faces on the Wave squad this season. The incoming class begins with a duo from Texas, Anastasia Kenon (OH) and Lauren Jones-McClain (OH). Kenon was a 1999 US Junior National team member, while Jones-McClain was an all-state first team member. Also new to the squad is a pair from California, Kim Swafford (MH) and Paige Licklider (DS). Swafford played for Granite Hills High School, the undefeated Grossmont League Champions, and Licklider was named to the All-Sunshine League Honorable Mention Team. Karlyn Daly (OH) and Kari Dickson (S) round out the freshmen class. Daly, a native of Aurora, Colo., was a standout player in her home state. Dickson, a Pullman, Wash., native, received all-state and All-Greater Northern League honors her senior year.

Out for the Season Freshman Anastatia Kenon will miss the 2000 season due to a torn ACL. She received a medical redshirt and is expected to make her collegiate debut in 2001.

Kathy Trosclair Invitational Last weekend, the Green Wave won the 2000 Kathy Trosclair Invitational wothout losing a single game through three matches. TU posted wins over Northwestern State, Centenary and Troy State. Sophomore Lindsey Bennett was named the tournament MVP while Kim Sentmore, Lauren Jones-McClain, Britney Hurst and Erin Dobyanski received all-tournament honors.