Nov. 21, 2011
Tulane Green Wave at Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Start Times: 7:00
Vs. Southern Miss: Tulane Leads 45-8
Looking at the Green Wave
Tulane has been able to capture just four Conference USA victories this season, but one of those came at Fogelman Arena on October 19 versus Southern Miss. The Green Wave won that match in three sets, but had to do so in close fashion. TU won by scores of 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 on Pink Zone night over the Golden Eagles.
Senior Nikki Osuna looks to etch her name into the single season record books, as well as making a mark for herself on the career digs list. Entering Tuesday, Osuna has 498 digs, just ten shy of totaling the second most in single season history, and looks to become the second player in school history to top the 500-dig plateau in a single season. Jenn Miller posted 609 digs in 2007 and 507 a season earlier to own the top two spots on the list.
If Osuna can have another double-digit dig match - which would give her 27 on the season - she will push her name towards the top of the career digs per-set chart. The Bellflower, Calif. native enters the final match of the season with a 3.62 digs per-set average in 200 sets played. That would rank her second in TU record books behind Miller (4.57 dps) and ahead of Kim Sentmore (3.37 dps).
Cori Martone might not see her name in the record books after the 2011 campaign, but she is closing in on the top-ten in a pair of categories. The sophomore enters the Conference USA tilt with a 3.50 points per-set average, which includes a 2.93 kills per-set clip. She sits in 15th on the points per-set list, with Shannon Hergert's 3.59 pps sitting as the tenth best at Tulane. Her kills per-set average is 14th best as a member of the Olive and Blue, with Bridget Wells' mark of 2.99 just out of reach for the Baton Rouge, La. native.
Southern Miss dropped their first match last weekend to Rice in five sets, but toppled Houston in four sets to post a 1-1 weekend. The Golden Eagles are 16-15 overall and 10-9 in Conference USA play entering their final match of the 2011 slate. USM is 7-3 in their last ten matches and owns a 9-3 mark in matches played at Reed Green Coliseum this year.
Senior Ashley Mell leads their attack with 369 kills this season and the redshirt-senior has added 78 blocks to account for her team-best 424 points. Halie Ecker (309 kills), Lauren Sears (268), Amelia Hendrickson (257) and Sarah Jane Bowden (222) have all topped the 200-kill mark for the year. The balanced attack is led by senior setter Kelsea Seymour who has 1,290 assists in 31 matches. Lisa Knecht paces the Golden Eagles with 573 digs and is one of six senior that will be honored in a post-match ceremony.