Aug. 9, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - While it was just the second season the Green Wave took to the dunes for some fun in the sun, the Tulane University women's sand volleyball program concluded the 2013 season ranked 10th in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll.
The Wave were the only team from Louisiana represented in the final rankings as Tulane finished the year with a 9-4 overall record. It was an eight-win improvement from a season ago when the Green Wave went 1-10 in their inaugural campaign.
Along the way, Tulane played three teams ranked at the time of competition - defeating then-No. 7 Florida International 4-1 on March 30 while falling 5-0 to No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 2 Florida State on March 30 and April 6, respectively.
The Green Wave started the year 2-0 and bounced back from a 3-2 loss to ULM with a school-record four-consecutive victories before falling to Pepperdine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tulane concluded the season on a high note by defeating Florida Gulf Coast, 5-0, and College of Charleston, 3-2, at the Fiesta at Siesta Key (Fla.).
Junior Azarri Badawi led the team with a 12-7 overall record, including a 10-3 mark in dual-match competition. Junior Cori Martone, sophomore Grace Weaver and freshman Sophie Asprey followed with 11 wins each, while sophomore Olivia Utt along with rookies Mackenzie Moore and Jackie Wegner posted 10 victories apiece.
2013 AVCA FINAL SAND VOLLEYBALL POLL
Rank School Record No. 1 Pepperdine 14-0 No. 2 Long Beach State 13-2 No. 3 Florida State 12-2 No. 4 Southern Cal 12-5 No. 5 Hawai'i 4-6 No. 6 UCLA 2-5 No. 7 Nebraska 4-5 No. 8 Florida International 6-5 No. 9 St. Mary's 7-1 No. 10 Tulane 9-4