Aug. 28, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M - An almost evenly played match didn't finish the way that the Tulane volleyball team wanted, as the Green Wave dropped a 3-0 decision to host New Mexico in their first of two matches on day two at the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic.
Tulane played the Lobos close, dropping sets by scores of 20-25, 18-25 and 20-25, as the Green Wave had 36 kills to 39 for New Mexico. The difference came at the net where the Olive and Blue posted just five blocks to 11 for the home team. Tulane also gave away nine points via service errors in the match.
In the opening set, Tulane trailed by four points, at 10-6, before charging back to knot things up at 13-13, a spurt that including a pair of kills and a service ace by freshman Cori Martone. It was a one-point match, 17-16, before the Lobos scored eight of the final 12 points to claim set one. Martone led the way with four kills, on just four attempts, and Lindsey Shepard added three kills to start things off.
The Green Wave trailed throughout in their second set loss, but played another close third set against the host Lobos. In the final set, the match was tied at 9-9 when Martone collected a kill and combined with fellow freshman Azarri Badawi for a block to give Tulane an 11-9 lead. That was the last lead that the Olive and Blue would enjoy in the match as they were outscored 16-9 down the stretch.
Overall, Grot led the offense with nine kills and freshman setter Mel Mandelbaum handed out 17 assists. Milica Jovic and Martone each added eight kills, with Shepard chipping in five. As a team, Tulane hit just .124 to .260 for New Mexico, with UNM holding a slim edge in digs (46-41) and kills (39-36).