April 7, 2012
MACON, Ga. - The Green Wave tandems of Olivia Utt and Azzari Badawi along with Shafali Arora and Amber Bennett both posted victories, but it was not enough as the Tulane University sand volleyball team dropped head-to-head matchups with College of Charleston and Mercer on Saturday at the Mercer Sand Volleyball Complex.
Tulane was swept in the opening contest of the day, falling 5-0 to College of Charleston. Despite the wins by the Green Wave foursome, the team in olive green and sky blue fell just short in the nightcap to the homestanding Bears, 3-2. With the losses, the Green Wave fell to 1-8 on the year.
In the final contest of the day against Mercer, Utt and Badawi won their opening set against Emily Rochefort and Madison Petsos in No. 4 action, 21-17, before the Bears' tandem rallied to knot the match at one set each with a 21-18 decision in the second stanza. Tulane came away with the point, however, as the Green Wave duo won the final frame, 15-12. Bennett and Arora, meanwhile, posted a straight-set win in No. 5 play by the score of 21-17, 21-12
In the opener against College of Charleston, four of the Cougars five wins came in straight sets, but Bennett and Arora rallied from a 21-14 defeat to the No. 4 team of Sloane White and Kallie McKown in the opening set to tie things up with a 21-18 decision in the next frame. White and McKown, however, completed the shutout with a 15-7 win in the third set.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, April 13, when they travel to Siesta Key, Fla., to take on Florida Gulf Coast. From there, Tulane will participate in the Siesta Key Tournament on Saturday before closing out the weekend on Sunday with a head-to-head tilt vs. Webber International on Sunday.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (4-3) DEFEATS TULANE (1-7): 5-0
No. 1: Elyse Chubb / Lizzie Theesfeld (CofC) def. Cori Martone / Grace Weaver (TLN) - 21-14, 21-19
No. 2: Kelly Kolich / Emily Shelton (CofC) def. Nikki Osuna / Milena Dragovic (TLN) - 21-10-24-22
No. 3: Andi Zbojniewicz / Kerstin Koehler (CofC) def. Anna Wruck / Lilly Wolfe (TLN) - 21-17, 25-23
No. 4: Sloane White / Kallie McKown (CofC) def. Amber Bennett / Shefali Arora (TLN) - 21-14, 18-21, 15-7
No. 5: Catey Warren / Taeler Davis (CofC) def. Milica Jovic / Olivia Utt (TLN) - 21-15, 21-18
MERCER (1-5) DEFEATS TULANE (1-8): 3-2
No. 1: Cassie Roy / Jamie Duffy (MER) def. Cori Martone / Grace Weaver (TLN) - 21-16, 19-21, 15-11
No. 2: Caroline Carlton / Emily Rochefort (MER) def. Nikki Osuna / Milena Dragovic (TLN) - 21-16, 21-16
No. 3: Jennifer Katona / Monica Sanchez (MER) def. Anna Wruck / Lilly Wolfe (TLN) - 21-13, 21-14
No. 4: Olivia Utt / Azzari Badawi (TLN) def. Emily Rochefort / Madison Petsos (MER) - 21-17, 18-21, 15-12
No. 5: Amber Bennett / Shafali Arora (TLN) def. Erin / Lizzie Knapper (MER) - 21-17, 21-12