Volleyball Steamrolls 13-Game Win Streak

October 26, 2003

Miriam Baron, <i>Hullabaloo</i> staff writer

The Tulane volleyball team continued their success last weekend by sweeping Midwest opponents Marquette (5-14, 2-4) and DePaul (10-13, 2-4). The Green Wave (20-2, 6-0) has achieved its second consecutive 20-win season, the first time that feat has been accomplished by the program in over 15 years. This record also earns Tulane the number one spot in C-USA.

Tulane faced Marquette last Friday, October 17, and took an easy game one win 30-27. Game two, however, took a downward turn as the Wave saw their 20-12 lead dissolve into a 30-28 loss. Game three's score was neck-and-neck when Tulane found themselves at a second game point 31-30. Junior middle blocker Deva Fowler slammed the ball down for one of her game-high 21 kills, ending the game as she dropped to her knees, clenched her fists and screamed for joy.

Game four proved equally as exciting, resulting in a Tulane 31-29 victory. Fowler's performance earned her C-USA Player of the Week honors.

"[This team] knows how to win," junior outside hitter Anastasia Kenon said. "When the score's really close and we're down, we know how to fight to come away with a victory."

Joining Fowler ' who also tallied 11 blocks ' with double-digit kills were Kenon with 17 and junior right-side hitter Iman Houston with 13. Junior outside hitter Lindsey Norman had a career-high 20 digs, while Kenon earned a double-double, posting 18 digs of her own. Senior libero Karlyn Daly posted a career-high 27 digs, which ties a school record for four-game matches, which she would top a day later.

Tulane faced DePaul on October 18 without Daly, who was at a dental school interview at the University of Colorado. Kenon made up for Daly's absence by tallying her career-high 28 digs, which ties for fifth all-time in Tulane's history.

"We could tell Karlyn wasn't there," Kenon said. "Karlyn is always talking, so everyone had to talk in her absence, which was really good." Senior Lauren Jones-McClain played in the libero position for Daly and tallied a career-high 20 digs in the 3-1 victory. "[Jones-McClain] is a natural," Kenon said. "She's a right-side hitter and never practices [as a libero]."

Tulane dropped game one 30-22, then turned around to take game two in a seemingly effortless 30-24 victory. Down 24-20 in game three, the Wave went on an 8-0 run and took a 30-27 win. In game four, the score was close throughout. Tulane saw the Blue Demons at game point, 29-26, before tying the score at 29-all.

The Wave rolled to a 32-30 triumph to clinch the match. Along with her career-high digs, Kenon had 16 kills on the night, with Fowler leading Tulane with 19 of her own. Norman joined Kenon with a double-double cashing in 12 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore setters Katie Case and Kelli Dickson also posted double-doubles with 31 and 29 assists and 15 and 11 digs, respectively. Senior middle blocker Kim Swafford and freshman right-side hitter Sara Thorson paced the Green Wave with five blocks apiece.

This weekend Tulane travels to Louisville and Cincinnati to take on the Cardinals and the Bearcats, both of whom have been ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation throughout the season.

"I've been thinking about these match-ups all year," Kenon said. "If Louisville had another jersey on, we'd beat them. We better beat them."

The Wave take on Louisville at 7:30 p.m. October 24 and Cincinnati at 2 p.m. October 26. The Green Wave return to action in Fogelman Arena Tuesday evening when they host Southern University at 7 p.m. for a non-conference match up, the first of two meetings between the in-state rivals.

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