Volleyball Continues Road Swing Over The Weekend

Senior Izabela Grot and the Green Wave will play at SMU on Friday and at Tulsa on Sunday.

Senior Izabela Grot and the Green Wave will play at SMU on Friday and at Tulsa on Sunday.

Oct. 11, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University volleyball team returns to action on Friday, Oct. 12, when the Green Wave travel to Dallas to take on Conference USA foe SMU at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. The contest is the third of a four-match road swing as Tulane will close out the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Tulsa.

The Green Wave head to Texas 4-14 on the year, 2-5 in C-USA play and looking to snap a two-match skid after dropping a four-set decision at Houston last Friday and a 3-0 sweep at Rice last Sunday. As a team, Tulane is averaging 12.25 kills, 11.66 assists, 14.75 digs and 1.70 blocks per set.

The Last Meeting
October 9, 2011
Dallas, Texas
Volleyball Can't Repeat Saturday Effort Versus SMU
After posting their first Conference USA win of the season on Saturday in Dallas, the Tulane volleyball carried that momentum over into the first set of their match with SMU on Sunday, but the Green Wave couldn't hold that forward motion in a four-set loss to the Mustangs at Moody Coliseum. The Green Wave dropped their weekend finale to the Mustangs by scores of 29-27, 15-25, 15-25, 19-25.

The Last Meeting
November 6, 2011
Fogelman Arena
Volleyball Drops Three-Set Decision to Tulsa
The Tulane volleyball team dropped their second straight match to Tulsa on Sunday, November 6, falling by scores of 17-25, 20-25, 14-25. Tulane was held to a .133 attacking percentage, while Tulsa posted a .283 hitting clip in the three-set match.

Junior outside hitter Cori Martone leads the squad with 3.76 kills per set while senior right-side hitter Milica Jovic and sophomore outside Grace Weaver follow with respective averages of 2.53 and 2.43. Junior Mel Mandelbaum and senior Lilly Wolfe have split time at setter throughout the 2012 campaign and hold assist-per-game averages of 7.74 and 4.13. Junior libero Azarri Badawi paces the club with 3.37 digs per contest and sophomore middle blocker Olivia Utt headlines the team with 1.01 blocks per outing.

Tulane is hitting .187 (894 kills, 417 errors, 2553 attempts) on the season while allowing opponents to attack at a .234 clip (953k-359e-2541a). Green Wave opponents are averaging 13.05 kills, 12.08 assists, 14.74 digs and 2.37 blocks per set so far in 2012.

SMU enters Friday's match 6-13 on the year, 3-4 in C-USA play and winners of its last two matches after dowing UCF 3-1 and Southern Miss 3-0. As a team, the Mustangs are averaging 12.60 kills, 11.64 assists, 14.70 digs and 2.11 blocks per set.

Caroline Young leads the team with 3.27 kills per set while Olivia Bailey has a team-best 9.07 assists per frame. Susan Lewis leads the SMU defense with 3.59 digs per set and Maddie Lozano headlines the front-line "D" with 1.10 blocks per outing.

SMU is hitting .179 (882k-423e-2565a) for the year while allowing its opponents to hit .220 (884k-343e-2462a). Mustang opponents are averaging 12.63 kills, 11.84 assists, 15.26 digs and 2.56 blocks per set.

Tulsa, which will play host to UPEP on Friday at the Reynolds Center, enters the weekend with a 12-7 record and a perfect 5-0 mark in C-USA. Last weekend, the Golden Hurricane went the distance twice but came away with a pair of five-set road victories at Houston and Rice.

Three Tulsa players are averaging at least 2.2 kills per set with Tyler Henderson leading the way at 5.22 and the duo of Kellie Culbertson and Diana Silva following with respective averages of 2.82 and 2.28. Jordan Clampitt paces the Hurricane with 8.22 assists per stanza, Jessica Adams has a team-best 5.06 digs-per-set average, and Carly Boatwright leads the defense with 0.66 blocks per set.

Tulsa is hitting .204 (1029k-433e-2925a) for the year while allowing its opponents to hit .192 (846k-348e-2597a). Golden Hurricane opponents, meanwhile, are averaging 11.92 kills, 11.30 assists, 17.37 digs and 2.66 blocks per set.

After the two road matches, the Green Wave return to the Hertz Center on Oct. 19 when they play host to Rice. Tickets to that match and future Green Wave events are currently for sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.