Sept. 15, 2012
PLAYER OF THE GAME
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Mandelbaum boasted a double-double of 24 assists and 11 digs in the tournament finale and earned all-tournment honors after averaging 11.25 assists per set.
NEW ORLEANS - After winning a grueling five set match earlier in the day, the Tulane volleyball team was unable to earn any of the big points in their three set loss to Baylor to close out the Kathy Trosclair Memorial. The Bears walked away with the tournament championship, while the Olive and Blue grabbed a runner-up finish in their home tournament as they fell by scores of 19-25, 22-25, 18-25.
Baylor (12-1) opened the match with seven straight points on a Kayci Evans service rotation, but Tulane (3-9) pulled within two points at 17-15 with a rally of their own. A pair of four point runs and a three-point burst, capped by a Cori Martone kill, drew the home squad close, but Baylor was able to weather the storm and closed on an 8-4 run to nab the opening set.
The second set was played within a few points the entire way, with Baylor building the largest lead at six points with a Laura Jones kill made the score 17-11. Tulane would score seven of the next nine points to draw the deficit to just one point at 19-18, however, Baylor was able to close out the match by trading side outs and eventually grabbed a 25-22 victory.
Tulane was never able to grab the lead in the third set and the Bears were able to gradually pull away for the 25-18 victory to end the tournament with a 3-0 mark. The Green Wave ended the weekend 2-1 to finish second, UTEP was 1-2 and placed third, while Binghamton rounded out the standing with a 0-3 stay at the Kathy Trosclair Memorial.
Martone led the Green Wave attack with 111 kills, while Milica Jovic added eight and Grace Weaver totaled five kills. Mel Mandelbaum posted a double-double with 24 assists and 11 digs, while libero Azarri Badawi chipped in ten digs.
The all-tournament team included Cori Martone and Mel Mandelbaum for the Green Wave. Martone averaged 5.25 kills per set and logged a .310 attacking percentage for the weekend. She also added 2.75 digs per set and added four service aces and five blocks. Mandelbaum ran the offense and handed out 11.25 assists per set to go along 2.50 digs per set. She was able to accumulate six kills on a .462 attacking percentage.
Tulane will continue their Conference USA slate when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss. to face off with rival Southern Miss on Friday, Sept. 21. The Green Wave and Golden Eagles will serve it up starting at 7:00 p.m.
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