July 1 will be an important day for the Charlotte 49ers as it will be their first back in Conference USA. So running until the 30th, we’re taking a look at all the C-USA teams going in alphabetical order-from ECU to UTSA. We’ll also profile the affiliate members (Kentucky, New Mexico and South Carolina-men’s soccer; Colorado College-women’s soccer).
Tulane is a rival from Charlotte’s old old Metro/original C-USA days. However, they will soon be leaving for the American Athletic Conference (made up of the football-playing members of the old Big East.)
Sport-by-sport year in review:
Football (2-10, 2-6)
Home Field: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The Green Wave got out rushed by 222.9-39.6 yards a game. It’s hard to win with that awful a discrepancy. The rest of their stats don’t look that bad. Their senior kicker, Cairo Santos, has been named to the Preseason All America team by Phil Steele Publications.
Men’s Basketball (20-15, 6-10)
Home Court: Devlin Fieldhouse
The Green Wave went to the Post-Season in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT). In the regular season they beat some decent names in Alabama, Houston, and Tulsa. It should be challenging to have the 49ers vs. the Green Wave in a battle of 20+ game winners from last year. (Note: Jeff Cummings, class of 1977, was just inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. In Cummings’ junior year, Tulane went four overtimes vs. the hated Tar Heels, losing 113-106.)
Women’s Basketball (24-9, 11-5)
Home Court: Devlin Fieldhouse
Liek the Niners, the Green Wave women advanced to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT. This could be a formidable challenge next year as both teams won 24 or more games. In the WNIT, they beat the Arkansas Razorbacks before falling to Auburn. Danielle Blagg and Olivia Grayson were C-USA 2nd Team All Conference.
Baseball (30-28, 11-13)
Home Field: Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
The Green Wave have seen success over their history, advancing to 19 Regionals, three Super Regionals, and two College World Series. The C-USA Baseball Tournament is separated into two pods of four. Tulane was 2nd in their pod with a 2-1 Tourney record and just barely missed winning their pod to play for the CUSA Championship.
Tulane does not field a softball team.
Men’s Soccer (N/A)
Tulane does not field a men’s soccer team.
Men’s cross country had runner Mark Manion named to the C-USA All-Academic Team. Manion also made the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) All-Louisiana Team. The women had two LSWA winners, Emmi Aguillard and Paige Callahan. For the 3rd time since 1995 the entire women’s team picked up the US Track and Field and Cross Country Association All-Academic Status…In tennis, the men saw Domenik Koepfer named C-USA Freshman of the Year. The women placed Klara Vyskocilova on the C-USA first team and Emma Levy to the 2nd team. Taylor Fogleman was named Assistant Coach of the Year for the Southern Region as the Lady Wave finished 4th in the South…Women’s track and field had freshman Tamika Brazzel medal twice at the Junior Nationals. Candice St. Etienne won the Jim Castaneda Post Grad Scholarship and was on the C-USA Spirit of Service team. Merritt Van Meter, Joanna Lapucha, and Estefany Cruz made it to the NCAA Outdoor Championships…Men’s track and field advanced two athletes (Thomas Lynch and Devon Breaux) to NCAAs. Breaux was male Freshman of the Meet at the CUSA Championships…Volleyball (6-21, 4-12) had a disappointing season. However, in honor of bowl season they did play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic. Cori Martone was named All-Louisiana for the 3rd straight year.