Sept. 18, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Senior libero Kelli Dickson tied the Tulane single-match digs record with 32, and the duo of rookie Sara Radosevic and junior Sara Thorson combined for 42 kills, but it was not enough as the Green Wave volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Arizona State in the finale of the NOKIA Sugar Bowl Classic Sunday afternoon at the C. Rollie White Coliseum.
Tulane (1-2) had to play catch up all day, but despite dropping the first two games 30-25 and 30-16, the squad erased a 25-21 deficit in game three to extend the match with a 31-29 victory. In what proved to be the final stanza, the Sun Devils (5-5) jumped out to an early 10-point lead at 16-6. From there, the Green Wave rolled back to cut the lead to five on two occasions, but Arizona State held on to clinch the match with a 30-23 game-four win.
"I think the layoff we had really showed today," Tulane head coach Liz Kritza said. "We played extremely well on Friday against Notre Dame, and there were some stretches today when we were able to execute our offense. Our timing was a bit off, though, and that comes from not being together for almost two full weeks.
"Overall, I am proud of the way the team fought and never gave in. That game-three win was big, and shows that there was no way the team is ever going to give in. Even when we fell behind in game four, they never gave up. We'll be better as a team for playing the likes of Notre Dame and Arizona State, and that will help immensely when we open Conference USA play."
Both Radosevic and Thorson posted double-doubles as the rookie outside hitter from Zagreb, Croatia had 23 kills and 16 digs while the junior outside/right-side hitter from Lancaster, Pa., posted career highs with 19 kills and 10 digs. The pair joined Dickson in the double-digit dig club, as did freshman setter Luna Rebrovic, who posted a double-double of her own with 51 assists and 13 digs.
Stacy Smith was one of three Arizona State players to post double-digit kill totals with 14, and was joined on the list by Nina Reeves and Kristin Trayser with 12 and 10, respectively. Sydney Donahue paced the Sun Devils with 31 digs, while Reeves added 15, Alison Lund posted 12 and Margie Giordano tallied 10.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, Sept. 23, when they open C-USA play at East Carolina at 7 p.m. Tulane's next home match is slated for Sunday, Sept. 25, when the Green Wave take on preseason league favorite Marshall at 9:30 a.m. at the C. Rollie White Coliseum. For ticket information, contact the Texas A&M Ticket Office at 888-99-AGGIE or 979-845-2311. For fans who can not make the game in person, live stats are available on-line at the official site of Tulane Athletics, www.tulanegreenwave.com.