PLAYER OF THE GAME
Weaver posted her 2nd double-double of the weekend with 13 kills & 13 digs, to go along with a .314 attaching percentage.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
6 More blocks by Oliva Utt to give her 15 total blocks in the tournament. Utt has four solo blocks and 11 blocking assists in nine sets played.
8 Number of kills by junior Cori Martone, her season-low in the category. Martone had reached the ten-kill mark in all seven matches in 2012.
13The number of kills and digs by sophomore Grace Weaver. Those totals give her four double-doubles in 2012 and five for her career.
200The number of career blocking assists for senior Milica Jovic. With 11 solo blcoks in her career, Jovic now has 211 total blocks while at Tulane.
NEW ORLEANS - After winning the opening set of the match, the Tulane volleyball team couldn't hold that momentum in their four-set loss to Pittsburgh to open day two of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic. The Green Wave fell by scores of 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, and 19-25 to the Panthers.
Tulane raced out to an early 9-2 lead when Olivia Utt raddled off seven straight service points, four coming on Pitt attacking errors. The Panthers never got closer than four points during the opening stanza as the Green Wave hit .429 as a team and held Pittsburgh to a .250 attacking percentage. Milica Jovic boasted five kills and Cori Martone added four kills and four digs.
The Panthers flipped the script in the second set with a pair of Pitt servers helping the visiting squad out to an 8-3 lead. The Green Wave cut the deficit to just three points on an Azarri Badawi service ace, but Pittsburgh responded with five straight points - three on Jessica Wynn kills - that extended the lead and Tulane would get no closer than four points the remainder of the match. Pitt hit .382 as a team in the second frame and limited Tulane to a .067 hitting percentage.
Two service rotations were the difference in the third set, as Margy Acton served for five straight Pitt points early in the set and Delaney Clesen's three-point rotation came just as Tulane had cut the Panthers lead to one point. Clesen took the serve with the score sitting at 15-14 in favor of the guests and eventually made it a 17-15 match. That was as close as Tulane could get and Pitt scored eight of the final 11 points to take a 2-1 lead.
Pitt finished off the match in the fourth set with a .357 team hitting percentage behind four kills apiece from Jessica Boddy and Jasmine Dittrich. Pitt broke the 1-1 tie with a service ace and a kill from Alexa Campbell and eventually built a five point lead when Campbell and Dittrich combined on a block to make it 13-8. Tulane rode their own Wave back into the match and knotted the contest at 15 points, but like the third set the Panthers closed out the match strong. Pittsburgh outscored Tulane 10-4 down the stretch, but Grace Weaver had five kills - with zero hitting errors - on ten attacks and three digs in the final set.
Weaver posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 13 digs, while Jovic added 11 kills for the Olive and Blue. Martone paced the Wave with 18 digs and Olivia Utt continued her strong play at the net with six blocks.
Pitt's Campbell led all players with 15 kills and Acton was the digs leader with 19.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic closes out at 7:00 when Tulane takes on Sam Houston State in the Hertz Center on Tulane's campus.
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