Sept. 15, 2012
PLAYER OF THE GAME
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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