Junior Azarri Badawi Led the Green Wave with Ten Digs Versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Aug. 25, 2012
WACO, Texas - After a tough five-set loss in their opening match of the season, the Tulane volleyball team dropped a three-set match to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at the Fairfield Inn North Baylor Classic. The Green Wave fell to the Islanders by scores of 21-25, 22-25, 24-26 at the Ferrell Center on the campus of Baylor University.
It was a closely contested first set between the two teams, with nine ties and three lead changes over the first 30 points. With the opening set tied at 15-15 an attacking error by Mel Mandelbaum accounted for the final change and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-1) went on to score nine of the final 15 points and take the early momentum. The Olive and Blue hit .205 for the set, with Grace Weaver and Anna Wruck each chipping in four kills, but TAMCC churned out a .297 hitting percentage and committed only one error on 37 attacks.
Cori Martone did most of the work offensively in the second set for Tulane (0-2) with five kills, but the Islander attack was just as efficient in the second set as they were in the first. After trading the first four points, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored eight of the next ten points to take a six point lead. Tulane wouldn't let them run away with the set and cut the margin to three points on a block by Wruck and Milica Jovic to make it 15-12 and later pulled within two points on a Lilly Wolfe service ace, at 24-22. Brooke Alverson closed out the set with a kill and TAMCC took the two-set lead.
The third set featured 13 tied and one lead change, but that lead change came late in the set and went in favor of the Islanders. Olivia Utt claimed her third and final kill of the set to make it 21-20 in favor of the Green Wave, but TAMCC close out the match with four kills and the benefit of two hitting errors by the Olive and Blue. Martone added five kills in the set, but the Islander defense posted three blocks and limited Tulane to just a .080 hitting percentage.
The stat sheet, like the scoreboard, narrowly went the way of the Islanders. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi held slight advantages in kills (44-40), assists (42-36), service aces (3-2) and total blocks (8-7). It was hitting percentage that did the Green Wave in, committing 22 errors and hitting just .140 compared to a .218 attacking clip for TAMCC with just 17 errors.
Overall, Azarri Badawi paced the Green Wave defense with ten kills, while Martone added nine digs to go along with a team-high 11 kills. Wruck boasted a .421 attacking percentage with nine kills on 19 attempts and just one error, adding three blocking assists. Mandelbaum added 25 assists and five digs in her second start of the season.
Alverson led all players with 13 kills for the Islanders and Micah Nolan boasted 20 digs in the match.
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Tulane will close out their stay at the Fairfield Inn North Baylor Classic in the tournament finale versus host Baylor (2-0) at 7:00 p.m.