Tulane won its home tournament for the second straight year
Aug. 25, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane volleyball team downed Furman, 3-1, to claim the 2007 AllState Sugar Bowl Classic behind All-Tournament Team performances from Sara Radosevic, Ksenija Vlaskovic and Jenn Miller. Vlaskovic led Tulane with 16 kills, hitting .278, while Radosevic chipped in 15 kills, seven digs and three aces. Bridget Wells added 14 kills, with four assisted blocks.
"It was a good opening weekend," head coach Liz Kritza. "Not just because we're starting off 2-0, but because a lot of learning took place this weekend. We will face many tough opponents this season, so the faster we learn to correct our mistakes, the higher the level in which we will be able to compete."
The Green Wave (2-0) took game one, 30-27 as the Tulane front line turned in 6.5 blocks. The Paladins answered with a 30-27 win of their own in game two, as Chibuza Agoucho recorded seven kills, hitting .429.
But Tulane rallied with another 30-27 win in game three with Radosevic recording five kills. Game four was all Tulane as the Wave hit .407, including a seven-kill stanza from Vlaskovic (hitting .667) and a six-kill outburst from Wells, who connected at a .556 clip, helping the Green Wave to a 30-24 clincher.
"In addition to our all-tournament performers, Bridget Wells' stood out for her two outstanding matches," Kritza added. "After a career-high in kills Friday, coming back today and posting near career-high totals shows her commitment to improve this off-season. She needs to maintain this consistent performance for the duration of the season."
"Luna [Rebrovic]'s defense was a key factor in our win Friday and her ability to turn in a consistent performance today allows our offense to run smoothly. Rachel Lindelow has show marked improvement from her freshman campaign, and balances our offensive options."
Chibuzo Aguocha led Furman with 24 kills, which turned the final match of the tournament into a de facto championship match after defeating Colorado earlier in the day in five. Aguocha was joined by Nicole Palazzo on the All-Tournament Team.
Miller led the Wave with 23 digs and three service aces to be named the libero on the All-Tournament Team.
Tulane will travel cross-town on Tuesday to face the University of New Orleans (1-2) at 7 p.m. at the Human Performance Center.
MVP: Sara Radosevic, Tulane