Oct. 11, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University volleyball team will look to keep a pair of impressive streaks in tact on Tuesday night when the Green Wave travels to the state capital to take on Southern University at 7:30 p.m.
The Green Wave, 9-4 on the year and 2-2 in Conference USA play, have never lost to the Lady Jags in 28 previous meetings. In addition, Tulane has now won 12 consecutive matches against teams from the state of Louisiana dating back to the 2002 season, including a 3-0 sweep of Southern back on Sept. 23.
"We've had a lot of success against Southern, but this is not a match that we are going to take lightly," head coach Betsy Becker said. "We have to go to Baton Rouge, take the court with the idea of playing to our full potential in every phase of the game, and get ready for another tough Conference USA match over the weekend."
As a team, Tulane averages 15.59 kills per game and is hitting at a .235 mark with 717 kills and 291 errors in 1,816 swings. Senior middle blocker Deva Fowler paces the squad with 179 kills, and senior outside hitter Anastasia Kenon has averaged 4.38 kills per game over the past four outings. Freshman outside/right-side hitter Sarah Weiland ranks third on the squad with 3.35 kills per game, and senior outside Lindsey Norman is next with a 2.75 average.
Fowler also paces the Tulane front-row defense with 1.57 blocks per outing as the Green Wave rank second in the league in blocks per game with a 2.79 average. Along the back row, junior libero Kelli Dickson leads the way with 4.60 digs per outing, and is followed by Norman and Weiland with averages of 2.89 and 2.53, respectively.
In the matchup between the two teams earlier in the year, Weiland posted a match-high 14 kills and Fowler was close behind with 11 as the Tulane dumped Southern, 30-11, 30-17, 30-15, in Fogelman Arena.
The Green Wave defense dominated the contest, tallying 43 digs to Southern's 27, and held the Lady Jags to a .000 attack percentage with 18 kills and 18 errors in 82 swings. Offensively, the Green Wave recorded a .381 attack percentage with 53 kills and just 16 errors in 97 attempts, including a plus-.500 clips by Fowler and Norman.
Following Tuesday's showdown in Baton Rouge, the Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Oct. 16, when they play host to C-USA foe Southern Miss at 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.