April 7, 2013
ATLANTA - Two days after receiving its first national ranking in program history, the Tulane University sand volleyball team hit a bump in the road as the ninth-ranked Green Wave dropped a pair of dual matches in the Georgia State Sand Tournament on Friday at the GSU Sand Volleyball Complex.
The Green Wave fell to ULM, 4-1, and came up empty in a 5-0 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Florida State. With the losses, Tulane fell to 7-4 on the year.
Tulane's lone win in dual match action came in No. 5 play against the Warhawks as freshman Mackenzie Moore and sophomore Olivia Utt defeated ULM's Katie Harrington and Alannah Cullum 21-18, 21-9. That was the only bright sport of the Wave, however as three of Tulane's four losses in the ULM match and all five points against the Seminoles came in straight sets.
The lone five-setter along the way came from senior Milica Jovic and freshman Courtney Liddle. Playing No. 2 against the Warhawks, the pair fought back from a 21-13 opening-set loss to Michelle McNamee and Amy Grabiec to tie the frame with a 21-16 win in the second frame. The ULM duo answered in the final stanza, 15-10.
In pairs play, the tandems of freshman Sophie Asprey and junior Cori Martone, junior Azarri Badawi and freshman Jackie Wegner, and sophomores Grace Weaver and Anna Wruck each posted first round victories.
Asprey and Martone bounced back from a 21-19 first-set loss to Georgia State's Jansen Button and Sara Olivova to take the next two 21-15 and 19-17. Weaver and Wruck followed a similar script with a 15-21, 21-13, 15-9 win over ULM's Blanca Ocana and Kylie Parks, while Badawi and Wegner posted a straight-sets 21-14, 21-7 win over the Warhawks' Katie Harrington and Iren Marinova.
Tulane concludes the 2-13 regular season at the Fiesta at Siesta Key where the Green Wave will join a host of school from around the nation in a three-day event from April 12-14 in Siesta Key. Fla.
ULM WARHAWKS DEFEAT No. 9 TULANE GREEN WAVE: 4-1
< No. 1: Zuzuna Markova / Tetiana Sukach (ULM) def. Sophie Asprey / Cori Martone (TLN) - 21-8, 21-15
No. 2: Michelle McNamee / Amy Grabiec (ULM) def. Milica Jovic / Courtney Liddle (TLN) - 21-13, 16-21, 15-10
No. 3: Marcela Araya / Maria Garcia (ULM) def. Grace Weaver / Anna Wruck (TLN) - 21-18, 21-18
No. 4: Blanca Ocana / Kylie Park (ULM) def. Azarri Badawi / Jackie Wegner (TLN) - 21-14, 21-15
No. 5: Mackenzie Moore / Olivia Utt (TLN) def. Katie Harrington / Alannah Cullum (ULM) - 21-18, 21-9
No. 2 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES DEFEAT No. 9 TULANE GREEN WAVE: 5-0
No. 1: Jace Pardon / Maria Milosavljevic (FSU) def. Sophie Asprey / Cori Martone (TLN) - 21-18, 21-15
No. 2: Aurora Newgard / Fatma Yildirim (FSU) def. Elysa Jackson / Milica Jovic (TLN) - 21-16, 21-12
No. 3: Julie Brown / Melanie Pavels (FSU) def. Grace Weaver / Anna Wruck (TLN) - 21-14, 21-14
No. 4: Mallory Kiley / Sarah Wickstrom def. Azzari Bardward / Jackie Wegner (TLN) - 21-10, 21-16
No. 5: Stephanie and Nina Pellitteri (FSU) def. Mackenzie Moore / Olivia Utt (TLN) - 21-10, 21-16