Azarri Badawi and Olivia Utt celebrate a point during their two-set win on Sunday against Webber International.
April 15, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - It was another hotly-contested showdown, one that say the Green Wave put forth a valiant effort but one that ultimately saw the team come up just short as the Tulane University sand volleyball team concluded the regular season with a 3-2 loss to Webber International on Sunday at Crabby Bill's.
Tulane's No. 1 team of Cori Martone and Grace Weaver posted a three-set victory and the No. 5 tandem of Azarri Badawi and Olivia Utt swept their Warriors' counterparts, but Webber International outlasted the Wave on the other three slots to come away with the win. In defeat, Tulane concludes its inaugural season of intercollegiate sand completion with a 1-10 record.
Badawi and Utt put Tulane on top initially with a 21-12, 26-24 victory over Raisa Thom Romany and Ashley Wolfe, but Webber International tied things up on Court 4 where Michelle Eizinger and Alida Schat downed Shefali Arora and Amber Bennett 21-13, 17-21, 15-9. The Wave's Lilly Wolfe and Anna Wruck got off to a good start in No. 3 play, jumping out to a 21-15 win over Whitney Evers and Tanner Garbutt only to see the WIU pair rally for 21-17 and 15-10 the rest of the way to give the Warriors a 2-1 advantage they would not relinquish.
Juliane Daugherty and tanner Garbutt scored the winning point for Webber International with a 21-12, 21-13 win over Tulane's Milena Dragovic and Nikki Osuna on Court 2. Martone and Weaver, meanwhile, sandwiched 21-12 and 19-17 victories around a 21-14 second-set defeat to Kristine Monforte and Ashley Naughton to account for the final score.
WEBBER INTERNATIONAL WARRIORS DEFEATS TULANE GREEN WAVE - 3-2
No. 1: Cori Martone / Grace Weaver (TLN) def. Kristine Monforte / Ashley Naughton (WI) - 21-12, 14-21, 19-17
No. 2: Juliane Daugherty / Katie Lindstrom (WI) def. Milena Dragovic / Nikki Osuna (TLN) - 21-12, 21-13
No. 3: Whitney Evers / Tanner Garbutt (WI) def. Lilly Wolfe / Anna Wruck (TLN) - 15-21, 21-17, 15-10
No. 4: Michelle Eizinger / Alida Schat (WI) def. Shefali Arora / Amber Bennett (TLN) - 21-13, 17-21, 15-9
No. 5: Azarri Badawi / Olivia Utt (TLN) def. Raisa Thorn Romany / Ashley Wolfe (WI) - 21-12, 26-24