Sept. 22, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University volleyball team will return to action for the first time in 11 days when the Green Wave take on in-state foe Southern University on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena.
Tulane, which saw the cancellation of the NOKIA Sugar Bowl Classic due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan, has not played since Sept. 12. Instead, the Green Wave have hit the practice court with a vengeance and made the best of their time off.
"It will be good play against some outside competition again," head coach Betsy Becker said. "We haven't played in a while, but the break has proved very beneficial to our team. We have been able to get back to basics, improve on some areas we had deficiencies during the first two weeks of the season, and have improved our all-around game."
The Green Wave enter Thursdays match against the Jaguars 6-2 on the year, including a 4-0 mark in the friendly confines of Fogelman Arena. As a team, Tulane is averaging 15.54 kills, 2.19 aces, 16.50 digs and 2.81 blocks per game while hitting .235 with 404 kills and 165 errors in 1,018 swings.
Senior middle blocker Deva Fowler paces the squad with 4.73 kills and 1.62 blocks per outing, while freshman outside hitter Sarah Weiland is second in kills with a 3.46 average and senior right-side hitter/middle blocker Iman Houston is second in blocks with a 1.00 clip.
Thursday's matchup will be the 28th meeting between the two schools on the court, and Tulane holds a perfect 27-0 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the Green Wave defeated the Lady Jags in straight games, 30-7, 30-11, 30-10, in Baton Rouge on Oct. 28.
Following the showdown with Southern, Tulane's next match is on Friday, Oct. 1 when the Green Wave travels to Fort Worth, Texas where they will open Conference USA play against TCU at 7 p.m.