April 6, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Sophomore Cori Martone and freshman Grace Weaver combined to post a three-set win at the top of the Green Wave lineup, but it was not enough as the Tulane University sand volleyball team dropped a 4-1 decision to UAB on Friday at the UAB Sand Volleyball Courts.
While Tulane got a win at the No. 1 position, UAB claimed a three-set victory at the No. 5 slot and posted straight-set victories in the other three slots to come away with the team decision. With the loss, the Green Wave fell to 1-6 on the year. UAB, meanwhile, improved to 4-3.
"Most of our duos started off very slow today," Tulane acting head coach Jaye Loyd said. "The sand game is much quicker than the indoor game as it only goes to 21, so it is much harder to play catch up or dig yourself out of a hole. Neither I nor the girls were satisfied with the level we played at as a whole today.
"The team understands we need to minimize our unforced errors and I am confident they will bounce back much stronger tomorrow. I think we will be more successful as this loss has left a bitter taste in our mouths because we did not play to our potential."
Martone and Weaver dropped their opening set to the Blazer tandem of Kirana Hirini and Rachel Fairbanks, 21-13, but bounced back to win the next two frames, 21-18 and 15-11. The win was the second in a row for the Green Wave pair after earning a three-set decision at Stetson back on March 14.
"Cori and Grace played well today," Loyd said. "They had great chemistry together out on the court and their communication during each point was clutch. They worked very hard and were very deserving of the win they got."
The Green Wave had a chance to add to their point total at the bottom of the lineup as junior Milica Jovic and rookie Olivia Utt rolled out to a 21-18 opening-set victory over UAB's Michele Simmons and Becca Howard. The Blazers' duo, however, rebounded with a 21-9 decision in the second set and outlasted the Tulane pair in the deciding third stanza, 15-11.
Thomas and Woods combined to post a 21-9, 21-8 win over Nikki Osuna and Milena Dragovic, Serley and Woods joined forces to defeat Anna Wruck and Lilly Wolfe 21-19, 21-8, while Morrell and Slaughter came away with a 21-11, 21-13 decision over Amber Bennett and Shefali Arora.
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, April 7, when they head to Macon, Ga., where they will square off against College of Charleston and host Macon on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. From there, Tulane will at Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, April 13.
UAB BLAZERS (4-3) DEFEATS TULANE GREEN WAVE (1-6), 4-1
No. 1: Cori Martone / Grace Weaver (TLN) def. Kiriana Hirini / Rachel Fairbanks (UAB) - 13-21, 21-18, 15-11
No. 2: Heather Thomas / Kirsten Gallagher (UAB) def. Nikki Osuna / Milena Dragovic (TLN) - 21-9, 21-18
No. 3: Sam Serley / Alison Woods (UAB) def. Anna Wruck / Lilly Wolfe (TLN) - 21-19, 21-8
No. 4: Kate Morrell / Ally Slaughter (UAB) def. Amber Bennett / Shefali Arora (TLN) - 21-11, 21-13
No. 5: Michele Simmons / Becca Howard (UAB) def. Milica Jovic / Olivia Utt (TLN) - 18-21, 21-9, 15-11