Teams: ULM (1-3)
Jacksonville State (0-7)
Spring Hill (0-5)
Times: Saturday, March 11
8:00 a.m. – Jacksonville State
1:00 p.m. – #15 Tulane
Sunday, March 12
8:00 a.m. – Eckerd
3:00 p.m. – Spring Hill
Location: Gulf Shores, Alabama
MONROE, La. - The ULM beach volleyball team sets out for its second tournament of the season this weekend when the Warhawks travel to the Gulf Shores Invitational.
Last time out: The Warhawks went 1-3 in the Blazer Beach Duals. The teams' only win was against Jacksonville State, countered by losses to Mercer (4-1), UAB (0-5) and 15th-ranked Tulane (0-5).
Jacksonville State: The Gamecocks have gone 0-7 to start the season. The last time the Warhawks played against Jacksonville State was in the Blazer Beach duals with a 4-1 ULM win.
Tulane: The 15th-ranked Green Wave have gone undefeated to date, sweeping their competition 5-0 in each match. Tulane opened the season at the Blazer Beach Duals with wins over Jacksonville State, UAB, Austin Peay State and ULM.
Eckerd: The Tritons are a Division II school that opened their season with a 3-2 win over Webber International and followed that with a 4-1 win over NAIA school Warner University. The Gulf Shores Invitational will be the first tournament that Eckerd competes in this season. This will be only the second time that ULM will face Eckerd. The last time that the two teams met was in 2016 with a 4-1 win.
Spring Hill: Spring Hill will play as host team in the Gulf Shores Invitational and had not won a match this season. The team has lost 0-5 in all five contests this season to North Florida, South Carolina, the College of Charleston, UNC Wilmington and Georgia State. The Warhawks currently hold a 3-0 record over the Badgers since 2015.
Home court: Following this weekend's tournament, the Warhawks will return home for their first home contest of the season with a single match-up against New Orleans on Thursday, March 16.
FROM COACH HILTZ
"This weekend is a chance for us to see how well we can make adjustments and just how many tools we have in our toolboxes. Rematches against Jacksonville State and Tulane are certainly on our minds as we try to improve on performances that didn't meet our standards. Eckerd and Spring Hill will be good new opponents for us to see what new things we need to improve on as well as explore how our game has developed. We beat Eckerd last year but it was a close 4-1 win so we know we will need to be focused. Spring Hill is the host so I expect them to be tough competition as well. Ultimately, I hope to see more confidence from all the players and I'd like to see our ball control get better. If we are able to combine the strategies we implemented last week with better ball contacts this weekend, I expect much better results."