Sept. 16, 2010
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9/17/2010 - 9/18/2010
Tulane Green Wave Host Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic
Vs. Sam Houston State and Oregon (Fri.), vs. FIU (Sat.)
Start Times: 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Fri.), 8:00 p.m. (Sat.)
Arena: Fogelman Arena
The Green Wave will open up their home slate by hosting the final pre-conference tournament of the 2010 season. The Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic will feature a solid field of teams, along with a core of great promotions.
Tickets for the event are $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and $4.00 for youth, while the ticket office will be offering a $20.00 All-Tournament option. Season tickets are still available for the 13-match home schedule, with pricing set at $55 for adults and $35 for youth, and can be purchased online at www.tulanegreenwave.com or by calling the Tulane Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.
On Friday, Sept. 17 the event kicks off with the Olive and Blue hosting Sam Houston State at 10 a.m. and your ticket stub is good for free admission to the evening session, where Tulane will take on #16 Oregon. The first 200 students through the doors for the Green Wave's match with the Ducks will receive and free Tulane volleyball t-shirt.
On Saturday, matches start at Noon and the finale will feature Tulane against FIU starting at 8:00. For the tournament finale, the first 100 people to enter Fogelman Arena will receive an official Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Class tournament t-shirt. A pregame tailgate will also take place outside of Fogelman Arena starting at 6:00, featuring a DJ and the Krewe of Green Wave spirit tent.
Looking at the Green Wave
After dropping their first six matches of the 2010 season, the Green Wave picked up a pair of wins at the Terrapin Invitational last weekend. Tulane opened play with a 3-0 victory over Fairfield and followed that with a 3-0 win against Penn, before dropping the tournament finale against host Maryland, 3-1.
The Olive and Blue opened the tournament with a record setting performance from their attackers, hitting .495 in the three set victory. The .495 hitting percentage set the new standard for single-match hitting percentage at Tulane. In 91 total attacks, Tulane converted 49 kills and committed only four errors.
Lindsey Shepard and Mel Mandelbaum each earned All-Tournament team accolades at the Terrapin Invitational, as the Green Wave placed second with a 2-1 record during their stay in College Park, Md. Shepard boasted a .541 hitting percentage with 34 kills and just one errors in 61 attempts, while collecting ten blocking assists and four service aces in three matches. Mandelbaum posted a pair of double-doubles and guided the Tulane offense to a .312 hitting percentage over the weekend. She set a career-high in digs in each of the first two matches and set, and then tied her career high with three kills in each match at the Terrapin Invitational.
Izabela Grot continues to lead the team in kills (98), while Mandelbaum paces the squad in assists (267) and digs (76). Shepard moved into ninth on the all-time blocks list over the weekend with 307 career blocks and leads the team with 20 total blocks this year.
Scouting the Opposition
Three teams will head to the Crescent City over the weekend to take part in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic, as FIU, Oregon and Sam Houston State will all take part in the event. Sam Houston State enters with a record of 6-6, FIU comes in with a 4-5 mark and Oregon enters with a #16 national ranking and an 8-0 record.
FIU is led by junior middle blocker Andrea Lakovic with 101 kills and a .342 hitting percentage in nine matches this season. Jessica Gehrke (95) and Una Trkulja (90) have each reached the 90-kill mark, while Sabrina Gonzalez owns 64 kills for the Panthers. Setter Natalia Velentin has dished out 354 assists in 34 sets (10.41 per set) to go along with 27 kills and 93 digs.
The Ducks are 8-0, winning five of their matches in three sets, and are ranked 16th by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Katherine Fischer paces the Oregon attack with 102 kills, followed by Heather Meyers (99) and Alaina Bergsma (72). Lauren Plum (309 Assists) pilots an offense that is hitting .305 with nearly 14 kills per-set and libero Haley Jacob has 112 digs in 29 sets.
The Bearkatz are right at .500 (6-6) on the season and have won four of their last five matches entering the weekend. Carli Kolbe has 121 kills, Kaylee Hawkins accounts for 102 kills and Kelli Stewart has 80 kills in 12 matches this season. Hawkins also leads SHSU with 114 digs, while Kym Loving averages 9.08 assists per-set thus far in 2010.