Sept. 16, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - If Rosie the Riveter were in attendance at Tulane volleyball's match on Friday night (Sept. 16) she would have witnessed a workwoman-like performance from two inspired teams, as the Green Wave dropped a five-set decision to Belmont to close out day one of the Kathy Trosclair Memorial. The Olive and Blue fell by scores of 25-18, 22-25, 16-25, 25-20, 9-15, even though they outperformed the opposition in nearly every statistical category.
The first stanza really set the tone for the evening with 11 ties and seven lead changes, with neither team holding a lead of larger than two until Tulane took control midway through. The match was back-and-forth in the early going and the Bruins led 9-7 before the Green Wave scored four straight points during a Nikki Osuna service rotation. An 11-9 lead was short-lived and Belmont was back ahead at 14-14. The Olive and Blue outscored the Bruins 11-4 the rest of the way and limited the visitors to a -.143 hitting percentage and collected five blocks to win the opening set, 25-18.
Belmont controlled the next two sets and Tulane held leads just three times during the second and third set. The Bruins hit .344 and .226 in the two sets, respectively, and held the Green Wave to percentages of .276 and .028. The Green Wave rallied to take a late lead, 18-17, in the second set, but Belmont eventually came away with the 25-22 win to tie the match at one set apiece. In the third set, Belmont raced out to a 13-5 early lead and the Green Wave would eventually cut that to two points, but tough serving from Jen Myer and Scarlet Gable closed out the set for the visitors.
Belmont led 11-8 in the fourth set when Osuna stepped in to serve for the first time in the frame. She rattled off five straight points and Tulane would never trail again and go on to take a 25-20 decision to knot the match at two sets apiece. In the frame, Tulane limited the Belmont attack to a .021 attacking clip and the Green Wave posted 25 digs, led by Osuna's seven.
Freshman Anna Wruck led the Green Wave with 11 kills and six blocks, while Maggie Johnson (18) and Myer (15) paced the Bruins. Osuna had a match-high 23 digs and a trio of Tulane players grabbed double-doubles. Mel Mandelbaum handed out 25 assists and chipped in 14 digs, while Lilly Wolfe had 19 assists and 13 digs in the loss. Grace Weaver posted ten kills and added 12 digs. Cori Martone posted her third match of the season with double-digit kills, finishing with ten on .429 hitting (10K-1E-21TA).
Tulane held the edge in kills (53-51), had fewer errors (28-32) and were more efficient in their attacking (.151-.110) on the offensive side. Tulane had 82 digs to 74 for Belmont, posted 12 blocks to 11.5 for the Bruins and even held a slight edge (49-45) in assists. The glaring statistics was in the service game, where Tulane committed eight service errors and just six aces, compared to 14 aces and six errors for the Bruins.
Tulane will wrap up the Kathy Trosclair Memorial with a pair of matches on Saturday, Sept. 17. The Green Wave take to the floor at 10:00 a.m. for their first match of the day, versus Lamar, and finish up with a match versus South Alabama at 7:00 p.m. at Fogelman Arena.
Season tickets are still available for the 2011 volleyball season through the Tulane Ticket office for just $55 for the remainder of home schedule. Single game tickets are also being sold and can be purchased by contacting the Tulane Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE or visiting the Tulane Team Shop inside the James Wilson, Jr. Center between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.