Sept. 15, 2012
FINAL - Match 11
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jr. // OH // Baton Rouge, La..
Martone posted her eighth double-double of the year with a 30 kills/14 digs output. Her 30 kills are a career high.
NEW ORLEANS - There wasn't an easy point in the entire match between the Green Wave and the Bearcats, but the Tulane volleyball team was able to grind out the points that mattered in their thrilling five set victory over Binghamton. The Olive and Blue escaped with the 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13 victory behind a .325 team attacking percentage.
The Green Wave led from the start in the opening set and fought off a couple of Binghamton rallies to grab the early momentum. Tulane's largest lead was five points when Grace Weaver converted on the kill to make it 20-15, but BU closed within three points at 22-19 before the Green Wave was able to finish off the opening stanza on a Cori Martone kill.
The second set looked to be in control for the Olive and Blue when they built an early 12-9 lead, but Binghamton used a 5-0 run to take the lead for good and Iva Partaleva finished off the 25-23 victory with a pair of kills.
Tulane rode a .515 attacking percentage to a third set victory and fought back from a 16-14 deficit to reclaim the momentum. Trailing by two, Martone connected on four consecutive kills, Olivia Utt converted on an attack and Martone finished off the 6-0 run with another kill to make it 20-16 in favor of the home team. The two teams traded side out points the remainder of the match and Weaver finished off the 25-22 victory with a kill.
Binghamton would not let the match slip away so easily, fighting back from a 13-9 deficit to send the match to a decisive set. In the fourth set, a 9-5 run by the Bearcats pulled things even at 18-18 and after exchanging side out points the match stood at a 23-23 stalemate. Partaleva came through with a kill for the visitors and Grace Vickers finished off the set with a solo block.
In the fifth set, the Bearcats built an early two-point advantage, but it was the Green Wave that held the largest lead at 10-6. The four-point advantage continued for the Olive and Blue at 13-9, but Binghamton clawed back into the match and cut the home team's lead to one point at 13-12. Milica Jovic finished the match with a flurry of activity as she posted a solo block - one of only three team blocks in the match for TU - and then closed the set and the match with a kill.
Martone led all players with 30 kills and notched her eighth double-double of the season with a career-high 30 kills and 14 digs. Weaver posted her eighth double-double of the year with a 12kill/11 dig effort - her sixth straight such output - and Mel Mandelbaum handed out 61 assists and chipped in 12 digs in the victory. Jovic added the fourth double-double effort of the match for the Olive and Blue with a 14kill/15 dig match.
As a team, Tulane boasted their highest hitting percentage of the season as they hit .325 for the match. They held the advantage in kills (72-61), assists (70-55), digs (66-56) and points (80-75).
Tulane closes out play at the Kathy Trosclair Memorial versus Baylor in the Hertz Center at 7:00 on Saturday evening. That match will be a meeting of the two undefeated teams in the tournament. You can follow all of the action by clicking here.
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