Sept. 12, 2012
9/13/12 - 9/15/12
Tulane Green Wave hosts Kathy Trosclair Memorial
Arena: Hertz Center (New Orleans)
Series Information: Tulane Leads Binghamton (1-0) and UTEP (10-3); Tulane Trails Baylor (2-3)
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This weekend's tournament will be played at the Hertz Center, the state of the art basketball/volleyball practice facility, on Tulane's campus. The Hertz Center is located off of Ben Wiener Drive, just past the James W. Wilson Jr. Center. Parking is available for free on Friday and Saturday in the Rosen Lot, located near the corner of Claiborne Ave. and Ben Weiner Drive.
Admission for the event will for $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and $4.00 for children and will be a cash only transaction. If needed, an ATM is located on the bottom level of the Reily Center - located behind the Hertz Center - or at the Capital One Bank location on Claiborne Ave.
Looking at the Green Wave
Tulane didn't open the home portion of their schedule like they wanted to when they went 0-3 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic last weekend, but will look to get on the winning track this weekend by hosting the Kathy Trosclair Memorial. The Olive and Blue will also open up their Conference USA schedule on Thursday when they host UTEP. Binghamton awaits the Wave to open play on Saturday morning, while Tulane and Baylor will close out the tournament at 7:00 on Saturday.
Cori Martone ranks among the top-ten in Conference USA in three statistical categories entering the weekend. The junior sits fifth in service aces per set (0.39), sixth in points per set (4.31) and eight in kills per set (3.69). Her points per set average of 4.31 also ranks among the top-100 in the NCAA, sitting 83rd entering the week.
Over the last four matches Grace Weaver has been rock solid in every rotation. The sophomore posted just one double-double during her rookie campaign, but already has six in 2012. She has accomplished the feat in each of the last four matches and is averaging 10.67 kills and 11.67 digs per match this year. She set a career-high with 17 kills in the season opener versus Nevada and has reached the ten-kill plateau in seven total matches. She topped the 20-dig plateau for the third time in her career against Lamar, while posting 10-plus digs on six occasions.
Azarri Badawi currently ranks eighth in Conference USA with a 3.61 digs per set average, Mel Mandelbaum is 12th in assists per set (6.89) and Olivia Utt ranks fifth in blocks per set at 1.06 blocks per set.
Scouting the Tournament Field
Baylor enters the weekend with a 10-1 record and has won six straight matches - five away from home. The only blemish on the Bears resume so far in 2012 is a three-set loss at #6 Hawai'i and only once have they been pushed to five sets. Senior right side Alyssa Dibbern paces the attack with a .304 hitting percentage and 114 kills, while ranking second on the squad with 32 blocks. Their senior setter Katie Harris runs the offense, handing out 415 assists, and rookie libero Mackenzie Mayo paces the squad with 131 digs. Laura Jones has 100 kills on the season and Thea Munch-Soegaard ranks third on the team with 92 kills.
Binghamton has opened the season with a 1-9 record - beating Fordham on Aug. 25 - and enters on a six-match slide. The Bearcats are steady at the net with three player totaling 25 or more blocks through ten matches, while Iva Partaleva paces the squad with 125 kills and 1 service aces. Kristin Hovie enters the tournament with 99 kills and Grace Vickers has added 76 kills and 22 blocks. Freshman Megan Burgess leads the defense with 167 kills, sophomore Amanda Dettmann has handed out 343 assists to go along with 11 service aces and Alex Roland has 30 blocks in 38 sets. The Bearcats have posted a 1-5 record in three-setters, while going 0-4 in five set matches.
UTEP will enter the weekend with a 4-5 mark overall and are 0-3 at home, but own a 4-2 mark away from home, including a 3-0 mark in neutral site matches. It has been a block party all season for the Miners, who rank second in Conference USA in blocks per set as a team with a 2.42 blocks per set average. Senior Cassandra Burruel ranks second in C-USA with a 1.30 bocks per-set average, while junior Xitlali Herrera ranks sixth with a 1.00 blocks per set clip. Jeane Horton paces the squad with 139 kills, Herrera ranks second with 99 kills, mostly coming from setter Malia Patterson, who has 343 assists. Junior Victoria Valencia averages 40.6 digs per set - 134 digs in 33 sets played - and ranks fifth in C-USA in that category.