Teams: ULM (3-5)
New Orleans (3-4)
Times: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
MONROE, La. - The ULM beach volleyball team will open its home schedule on Thursday afternoon against New Orleans after playing the first two weekends of the season on the road at a pair of tournaments. Thursday will be the first of two times the Warhawks play at home this spring, as they will also host the Bayou Beach Bash on March 31 and April 1.
Last time out: The Warhawks went 2-2 in the Gulf Shores Invitational. The team finished the weekend with wins over Jacksonville State (5-0) and Eckerd (4-1). Tulane and Spring Hill handed the Warhawks the losses on the weekend, by scores of 4-1 and 3-2, respectively.
New Orleans: The Privateers boast two wins over Austin Peay and one win over Huntingdon. The Warhawks first faced UNO in 2015. ULM holds a 6-0 all-time record against the Privateers and has not lost a match to them.
Home court: The Warhawks return home for their first home contest of the 2017 season. The team is undefeated on its home court over its four years of existence with wins over UAB, New Orleans, Georgia State, Tulane and LSU. ULM holds a 26-9 individual match record having won 26 of the 35 individual matched the team has played on its home court. The Warhawks have not played on their home court since capturing a 5-0 win over New Orleans in 2015.
FROM COACH HILTZ
"It's exciting to get back on our home courts after such a long layoff. Most of the team is going to experience their first home match ever so I think our energy will already be pretty high, but adding a home crowd is going to make it even more intense. Hopefully we can keep our emotions in check and focus on the things we practiced this week. We need to continue to be our best when it comes to ball control and taking care of each individual contact. If we are precise with our contacts throughout the day, I think the energy associated with playing at home will take care of the rest of what we need in order to win."