Sophomore Jackie Wegner (pictured) and freshman Tea Juric were the first Tulane players to represent the Green Wave in the AVCA College Sand Volleyball National Championship.
May 3, 2014
GULF SHORES, Ala. - The magical season enjoyed by Tulane University standouts Jackie Wegner and Tea Juric in 2014 came to an end on Saturday as the Green Wave tandem wrapped up competition in the AVCA College Sand Volleyball National Championship.
After going 1-1 in the opening day of the "Best of the Rest" pairs tournament on Friday, Juric and Wegner dropped a pair of contests in straight sets on Saturday. The Tulane pair fell to North Florida's Dagnija Medina and Kim Hildreth 21-16, 21-14 before wrapping up Pool B action with a 21-17, 21-14 loss to St. Mary's Jordan Shaw and Samantha Tinsley.
"The losses to North Florida and then St. Mary's were, of course, disappointing," first-year head coach Wayne Holly said. "The two matches were played back to back and were carbon copies of each other. In each case our opponent was simply more aggressive than we were and, in each case, it paid off for them as it often does in this sport. Mindsets, like skills, need relentless training."
Juric and Wegner, the first members of the Green Wave team to participate in the national championship since the program earned varsity status in 2012, conclude the campaign with a 19-15 overall record. During the regular season, the duo was 8-7 in dual-match play as Tulane's top tandem and sported a 10-5 mark in pairs action.
The twosome were a key reason the program posted its second consecutive winning season, capping an 8-7 season with back-to-back 3-2 wins over ULM and UAB last Sunday in Birmingham, Ala.
Juric and Wegner are two of nine letterwinners expected to return for the 2015 campaign. The Green Wave will have to replace the talents of senior Amber Bennett, who will graduate later this month, and junior Anna Wruck, who is on pace to complete her degree in December.
"I have no doubt that this experience made our team stronger and I hope it has inspired us to do the work to earn a return trip every season," Holly added. "I am intensely proud of our entire team for everything they have learned and accomplished this season."