NEW ORLEANS – A crosstown volleyball rivalry begins anew as New Orleans and Tulane meet for the first time in four years this Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside the Human Performance Center.
The match will be video streamed via UNOPrivateers.com with stat updates also provided through the official online home of UNO Athletics and on Twitter at @UNOPrivateers.
UNO (0-7) enters the week coming off a narrow 3-2 loss against Louisiana Tech on Saturday in a match that the Privateers played their best volleyball of the season.
Sophomore setter Celese Ramirez posted career-highs in assists (33) and digs (20) to lead the UNO effort in the match. With Ramirez playing as the sole setter in the Privateer lineup for the final three sets, the squad posted three of their best single-set hitting percentages to date.
Ramirez and fellow setter Ariane Labrzycki distributed the ball well in the match as four different players had at least nine kills, including Marti Richmiller and Cara Sander, who totaled 10 kills apiece. The efforts for both Richmiller and Sander were season-high performances.
On the year, Kelsea Hundtoft is tops on the UNO roster with 1.43 kills per set followed by Richmiller and Sander with 1.35 and 1.26 kills a frame, respectively. Richmiller is on a hot streak, posting back-to-back double-figure kill performances for the first time in her career.
Defensively, Lauren Levy is averaging 3.35 digs a set to lead the Privateers. Levy totaled a season-high 21 digs against LTU and will seek consecutive 20 dig performances for the first time in her career on Wednesday.
TU carries an unblemished 7-0 record into their match against UNO. The Green Wave's wins include victories over Southland Conference foes Nicholls State (3-2) and Southeastern Louisiana (3-1).
Head coach Sinisa Momic has an offense featuring four players with at least two kills per set, led by Tea Juric and Annie Shurtz with 3.57 and 3.50 kills a set, respectively. Grace Weaver handles the back row for TU with 4.96 digs per set with Mel Mandelbaum topping the roster with an even 10 assists per frame.
The Green Wave hold a 59-23 lead in the head-to-head series between the schools that dates back to Oct. 1, 1975. TU has won the last 10 meetings with the most recent UNO victory coming on Oct. 31, 2000.
Following their home match on Wednesday, UNO will participate in the Alabama State/ISTAP Collegiate Cup. The tournament will feature matches on Friday against host ASU at 1 p.m. and Savannah State at 5 p.m. Saturday's competition includes Jacksonville State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Admission to Wednesday's match is free to the public.
Wednesday's match will feature a first-ever meeting between twin sisters Brooklyn Frank of UNO and Ally Frank of Tulane. A feature on the Frank sisters of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will be posted to UNOPrivateers.com on Wednesday.
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