Oct. 10, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Riding the heels of a two-match winning streak that includes a four-game win over Conference USA opponent TCU, the Tulane University volleyball team returns to action on Friday, Oct. 11 when they play host to league foe South Florida at 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena.
The match between the Green Wave and the Bulls will feature two of the premier outside hitters in Conference USA as Tulane's Britney Hurst, the reigning C-USA Player of the Week, will go against South Florida's Michelle Collier, the preseason C-USA Player of the Year.
"Both hitters will be banging hard on Friday," head coach Betsy Becker said. "The difference will be how our other players match up with the South Florida hitters."
Hurst leads the team, ranks second in the league and is 12th in the NCAA with 5.43 kills per game. She is also second on the team and sixth in C-USA with 3.48 digs while pacing the Green Wave and ranking ninth in the league with a .298 attack percentage with 353 kills and 105 errors in 831 swings.
Collier, meanwhile, is third in the conference and ranks 14th in the nation with 5.31 kills per game. Defensively, she leads the team with 3.10 digs per game and is hitting at a .257 clip with 329 kills and 128 errors in 783 attempts.
"We can't let Collier control the tempo of the match, and I'm sure their coach is telling them the same thing about Britney," Becker said. "Those two will be going at it, but the difference is going to be how the rest of the team plays. We feel that we match up well with South Florida player-for-player, and we'll be very competitive against them."
As a team, Tulane enters Friday night's contest 9-9 on the year and 1-1 in Conference USA play. Sophomore outside hitter Anastasia Kenon is second on the squad with 3.00 kills per game, and sophomore middle blocker Deva Fowler is next with a 2.82 average. Defensively, junior libero Karlyn Daly paces the Green Wave and ranks fourth in the conference with 3.68 digs per game while junior middle blocker Kim Swafford leads the team and ranks ninth in the league with 1.08 blocks per contest.
South Florida comes to town sporting a 14-4 overall mark, including a 2-0 record in league action. Jolene Patton follows Collier in kills per game with a 2.95 average and in digs with a 2.95 mark. Rachel Jobes leads the Bulls' net play with 0.90 blocks per game.
The match against South Florida marks the first of a four-match homestand as Tulane takes on UAB on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. before hosting Centenary in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m.