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PLAYER OF THE GAME
Weaver finished the final match of the tournament with 10 kills and 13 digs, for her sixth double-double of the year.
NEW ORLEANS - It wasn't Tulane's night on the volleyball court as the Green Wave watch late leads slip away all three sets of their straight-set loss to Sam Houston State. The Green Wave was unable to close out the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic with a victory, falling by scores of 25-19, 27-25, 25-19.
It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the night and it started right out of the gate. The two teams exchanged the lead three times and were tied on eight other occasions in the opening set, before Sam Houston State (4-7) used a five-point run - three kills coming from Kim Black - to turn a 15-14 deficit into a 19-15 lead. From their Tulane was outscored was outscored 6-4, but three of those Bearkat points came on TU missteps.
Down one set, Tulane looked like it was on its way to evening the second set when they led 24-22 and Mel Mandelbaum serving for the set. It was their own undoing that allowed SHSU to get back into the set and the Bearkats capitalized. A service error by Mandelbaum and an attacking error from Cori Martone evened things at 24-24, before Grace Weaver's kill moved the Olive and Blue ahead 25-24. Sam Houston State would have an answer, again, as Devene Wells-Gibson collected a kill and a service ace and the Bearkats got a block to finish off the 26-24 come-from-behind victory.
After the lead ping-ponged between the two teams early on, before Tulane was able to grab a five point lead behind the service of Olivia Utt. With TU holding a 15-10 lead, Sam Houston State started their match to victory. Five Bearkat kills and two Green Wave attacking errors the two teams sat tied at 17-17. The visitors would score eight of the final ten points and grab the victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic finale.
For Tulane, Martone paced the attack with 11 kills and added a match-high 16 digs to post her sixth double-double of the year. Weaver added ten kills and 13 digs to grab her fourth double-double of the season and Mandelbaum chipped in 14 assists and 11 digs.
Wells-Gibson led all players with 15 kills, while SHSU out-hit the Green Wave .168-.060 on the night.
Tulane returns to the Hertz Center on Thursday, Sept. 13 when they open Conference USA play against UTEP at 7:00. That match also begins the Kathy Trosclair Memorial, which will run Thursday through Saturday (Sept. 13-15) and feature Baylor, Binghamton and UTEP. Match times can be found by clicking here.
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