Tulane beach volleyball gets set for 2023 season

Jeremy Rosen, Sports Editor

Courtesy of Parker Waters

Green Wave beach volleyball kicks off their 2023 spring season this weekend with their annual Olive and Blue Intersquad Scrimmage. The team will look to build off of their strong 24-13 record from last year and continue their strong play with a revamped roster.

2023 marks Tulane beach volleyball’s first season as an affiliate member of Conference-USA, joining Florida International, Florida Atlantic, University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Texas at El Paso. C-USA was one of eight inaugural leagues to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA beach volleyball championship last year, and they will maintain that status this season as well. 

The Green Wave returned 13 athletes for this spring season. Returning duo Kendall Peters and Maddie Speicher will look to be the team’s top pair once again this season. The two were named to the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association All-Tournament team last spring and had a record of 21-14 last season.

The team welcomed seven newcomers as part of the 2022 signing class, featuring five freshmen and two graduate transfers. Graduate student Mollie Eberton will look to make an immediate impact this season, having played four years and winning the 2022 NCAA National Championship with the University of Southern California.

This will mark Eyal Zimet’s third season as the head coach of Tulane beach volleyball. After the shortened 2020 season, where he led his team to an 8-3 record, he led the team to two-straight 20+ win seasons. Zimet brings a wealth of experience to the Green Wave, having played for the Israeli national team for nine years and winning the NCAA Championship with the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

Green Wave beach volleyball welcomed Jo Kremer as a new assistant coach for the 2023 season. She coached both indoor and beach volleyball at her alma mater Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles. Before coaching, Kremer was a three-year starter for the USC beach volleyball team and won three-straight national titles from 2015-17.

Tulane will open competitive play by hosting the Green Wave Invitational Feb. 25-26. Then they will hit the road to compete in the Stephen F. Austin Invitational in Nacogdoches, Texas.