Junior Anna Wruck (pictured) teamed with freshman Hannah Holmes to force a third set against Georgia State's Sarah Agnew and Delaney Rohan on Saturday.
April 26, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Tulane University sand volleyball team gave another solid effort but it was not enough to upend one of the nation's top programs as the Green Wave dropped a 5-0 decision to No. 10 Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at the UAB Sand Courts.
In defeat, Tulane fell to 6-7 on the year and will close out the 2014 regular season on Sunday when the Green Wave take on ULM at 9:30 a.m. before squaring off against host UAB at 11:30 a.m. The Panthers, who dropped a 3-2 decision to host UAB earlier in the day, improved to 14-5.
"As a team, neither our performance nor our results were very good today," first-year Tulane head coach Wayne Holly said. "I credit Georgia State for playing very well against us and pushing us around. At this point in the season, everyone is a little tired and has some aches and pains. We need to exhibit a greater competitive will than our opponent in order to win. We have that opportunity tomorrow and I expect us to rise to the occasion."
Four of the pairs matchups went in straight sets with the lone three-set contest taking place at No. 3 action where Tulane freshman Hannah Holmes and junior Anna Wruck gave Georgia State's Sarah Agnew and Delaney Rohan all they could handle. The Green Wave tandem won the opening set, 21-16, with the Panthers tying things up with a 21-17win in the second. With the third the match-deciding frame set to be a first-to-15, win-by-two situation, the two teams went well past regulation before Agnew and Rohan emerged with a 26-24 win.
Tulane also came up just short in No. 4 play but sophomore Courtney Liddle and junior Olivia Utt fell two points shy to Jessica Fourspring and Milani Pickering in the first set (21-19) before dropping a 21-18 contest in the second. At the top of the lineup, sophomore Jackie Wegner and freshman Tea Juric dropped their opening set to Sara Olivova and Jansen Button, 21-17, and fell by a wider margin in the second set, 21-13.
Georgia State's Moriah Bellisimo and Katie Madewell bested senior Amber Bennett and freshman Annie Shurtz in No. 2 action, 21-9 and 21-12, while Molly Smestad and Natalie Wilson posted a 21-12, 21-16 win over freshmen Miah Diirell and Sarah Strasner at No. 5.
While Sunday's contests mark the final team competitions for the Green Wave, the season will continue for Juric and Wegner as the tandem was one of 10 doubles teams identified as "The Best of the Rest" from programs not included in the team portion of the championship tournament. The AVCA College Sand Volleyball National Championship will take place from May 2-4 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
No. 10 GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS (14-5) DEFEAT TULANE GREEN WAVE (6-7): 5-0
No. 1: Sara Olivova / Jansen Button (GSU) def. Tea Juric / Jackie Wegner (TLN) - 21-17, 21-13
No. 2: Moriah Bellisimo / Katie Madewell (GSU) def. Amber Bennett / Annie Shurtz (TLN) - 21-9, 21-12
No. 3: Sarah Agnew / Delaney Rohan (GSU) def. Hannah Holmes / Anna Wruck (TLN) - 16-21, 21-17, 26-24
No. 4: Jessica Fourspring / Milani Pickering (GSU) def. Courtney Liddle / Olivia Utt (TLN) - 21-19, 21-18
No. 5: Molly Smestad / Natalie Wilson (GSU) def. Miah Diirell / Sarah Strasner (TLN) - 21-12, 21-16