Oct. 4, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
The Tulane University volleyball team will look to extend its nine-match winning streak and improve on a 3-0 Conference USA record when the Green Wave battle league foe UAB on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. in Bartow Arena.
Sunday's match at UAB will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Network (channel 315 on Cox Digital Cable, channel 613 on DirecTV, channel 152 on Dish Network) and can also be viewed live on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are provided free of charge on the web via GameTracker.
"UAB has always been a tough opponent for us and I expect them to be tough once again," Tulane head volleyball coach Liz Kritza said. "They have quality players that are juniors and seniors who do a good job of playing the game, staying in it and pushing for points when they need it. We have had our share of successes and we have faltered against UAB. So this team feels like they have something to prove against them, which is a good place for us to be going into their place, especially since it is a nationally-televised match.
"When we are playing matches on TV, the focus is never on the coverage but obviously we enjoy the exposure for our program. We just want to make sure we put forth our best performance. When you are picked to play two TV matches, the conference feels that we are a good representative of Conference USA and we want to do just that."
Sunday's match is one of two regular-season Green Wave contests to be aired on national television. In the 33-year history of the Tulane program, the team has played four matches which were televised and are 4-0 in those contests.
The last time Tulane played a on the tube was last Nov. 24 when the Wave defeated arch-rival LSU, 3-2 (30-28, 31-33, 30-25, 24-30, 16-14), in Baton Rouge, La. When playing on CBS College Sports - formerly CSTV - Tulane is 2-0 with a 3-2 win at Marshall on Sept. 24, 2006, and a 3-1 victory at Tulsa on Oct. 28, 2007.
"I remember in our first CSTV - now CBS College Sports - match that we had on TV was played over and over again," Kritza said. "I had more calls and contacts from club coaches and supporters of our program from across the country saying, `Hey, we saw your team on TV.' Any time your team and your university gets exposure nationally, I think that it is a good thing. It helps in recruiting and it helps demonstrate the quality of your program in that you are TV-coverage worthy."
The Green Wave enter Sunday's C-USA contest 11-4 on the year, 3-0 in C-USA action, and winners of their last nine matches, including a 3-1 league victory over Memphis Friday night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 13.64 kills, 12.75 assists, 14.62 digs and 2.10 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Sara Radosevic leads the squad with 3.56 kills per set, junior Jenn Miller paces the club with 3.71 digs per contest, and sophomore middle blocker Lindsey Shepard headlines the team with 1.00 blocks per outing.
Tulane is hitting .210 (750-341-1948) on the season while allowing opponents to attack at a .169 clip (644-323-1898). Green Wave opponents, meanwhile, are averaging 11.71 kills, 10.89 assists, 13.65 digs and 2.95 blocks per set so far in 2008.
UAB, meanwhile, comes into the match 13-3 on the season, 3-1 in Conference USA play, and winners of seven consecutive matches. The Blazers are coming off a three-set dismantling of UTEP on Friday, 25-6, 25-14, 25-20.
As a team, the Blazers are averaging 12.74 kills, 11.82 assists, 14.79 digs and 1.79 blocks per set. Ivana Bozic paces UAB with 2.87 kills per set, Aleksandra Vujovic leads the club with 3.25 digs per set, and Lilly Domingos headlines the front-row defense with 0.85 blocks per stanza.
UAB is hitting .249 (777-264-2063) for the year while limiting opponents to a .185 clip (775-370-2190). Blazer opponents, meanwhile, are averaging 12.70 kills, 11.72 assists, 14.44 digs and 1.63 blocks per set.
Sunday's match between Tulane and UAB marks the 24th meeting between the two teams, and the Green Wave hold a 15-8 advantage in the all-time series. Under Kritza, Tulane is 2-3 vs. UAB.
The two teams only face each other once annually over the last three years since they are in opposite divisions, and the Green Wave won two of three regular-season meetings. The Blazers, however, have halted Tulane's run to the postseason in each of the last two years with identical 3-1 victories in both the 2006 and 2007 C-USA Tournaments.
Following Tulane's Conference USA contest against UAB, the Green Wave continue their four-match road swing on Friday, Oct. 10, when they travel to Oklahoma to take on Tulsa at 7 p.m., before closing out the road stint on Sunday, Oct. 12, against SMU in Dallas, at 1 p.m.
Tulane's next home match is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 14, when the Green Wave play host to cross-town foe UNO at 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena. For ticket information to that match, as well as future Green Wave athletic events, contact the Tulane University Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE.