Right-side hitter Milica Jovic and the three-member Senior Class will look to go out in style when the Tulane University volleyball team takes on Conference USA foe SMU on Sunday in the Hertz Center.
Nov. 3, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University volleyball team will look to celebrate Senior Day in style on Sunday, Nov. 4, when the Green Wave play host to Conference USA foe SMU at 1 p.m. in the Hertz Center.
The match against the Mustangs is the final home competition for the Green Wave during the 2012 season and will mark the final time seniors Izabela Grot, Milica Jovic and Lilly Wolfe will take the court in front of the Tulane faithful. The trio will be honored with a special ceremony prior to first serve.
Early Lead Evaporates As Volleyball Falls At SMU, 3-2
It was a day of highlights, lowlights, rallies, lulls and ultimately - heartache - as the Tulane University volleyball team saw a two-sets-to-one advantage evaporate en route to a 3-2 loss to Conference USA foe SMU on Friday evening at Moody Coliseum.
The Green Wave enter the home finale 5-19 on the year, 3-10 in C-USA play and looking to snap a two-match losing streak. Sunday's match marks the second time Tulane will face SMU this season, a match the Wave lost in five - 18-25, 25-12, 21-25, 25-19, 15-10 - back on Oct. 12 in Dallas.
As a team, Tulane is averaging 11.94 kills, 11.27 assists, 15.05 digs and 1.88 blocks per set. Junior outside hitter Cori Martone leads the squad with 3.45 kills per set while Jovic and sophomore outside Grace Weaver follow with respective averages of 2.52 and 1.91.
Junior Mel Mandelbaum and Wolfe have split time at setter throughout the 2012 campaign and hold assist-per-game averages of 7.10 and 3.99. Weaver paces the club with 3.08 digs per contest and sophomore middle blocker Olivia Utt headlines the team with 0.93 blocks per outing. Weaver, who opened the season playing primarily at outside hitter, has been seeing more time at libero and posted a career-high 32 digs in Thursday's five-set loss to Tulsa.
Tulane is hitting .178 (1182 kills, 568 errors, 3454 attempts) on the season while allowing opponents to attack at a .223 clip (1286k-506e-3498a). Green Wave foes are averaging 12.99 kills, 11.94 assists, 14.83 digs and 2.35 blocks per set so far in 2012.
"I think this line-up, when everybody plays at a certain level, works for us," Momic added. "Home-court advantage definitely helps. I don't think that SMU is a team that should kill us. We just need to play at a certain level. It's going to be a tough match, but hopefully we can use Senior Day and being at home as an advantage. At moments we've played pretty well. If we can bring that to this match, it's going to be good."
SMU, meanwhile, comes to town 9-16 on the year, 6-7 in C-USA play and looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss at UTEP on Friday. As a team, the Mustangs are averaging 12.59 kills, 11.61 assists, 14.01 digs and 2.13 blocks per set.
Caroline Young leads the team with 3.28 kills per set while Olivia Bailey has a team-best 9.33 assists per frame. Susan Lewis leads the SMU defense with 3.39 digs per set and Maddie Lozano headlines the front-line "D" with 1.12 blocks per outing.
As a team, SMU is hitting .189 (1209k-562e-3420a) for the year while allowing its opponents to hit .229 (1211k-461e-3280a). Mustang foes are averaging 12.61 kills, 11.86 assists, 14.66 digs and 2.47 blocks per set.
Tickets to Sunday's match, as well as 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.