Sept. 21, 2002
MADISON, Wisc. - Senior outside hitter Britney Hurst set the Green Wave single-match record with 37 kills and junior libero Karlyn Daly posted a career-high 26 digs, but it was not enough as the Tulane University volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker to Bowling Green 3-2 Saturday evening at the Badger Invitational.
Tulane (7-8) outhit the Falcons (5-6) 71 kills to 69 and outplayed Bowling Green on defense with 90 digs and 18 team blocks compared to 83 digs and 13 blocks. The difference, however, was errors as Tulane committed 39 attack errors, eight service errors, nine reception and block errors and three ball-handling errors in the loss.
"This was the most frustrating game I've ever coached," head coach Betsy Becker said. "When you have someone that has 95 swings and 37 kills (Hurst), it's unfortunate that we could rally around her phenomenal performance. We outdug them and outblocked them, and a big part in that was Karlyn's 26 digs. She was all over the floor and was creating wonderful opportunities for out attackers. Unfortunately, we weren't able to convert.
"We do have some good things to take out of this, though. Our rotations were stronger. We tried a new set and showed some improvement there. When we can build on the new rotations in practice, we will be more refined. As far as I'm concerned, we've got a clean slate going into conference next week and if we can capitalize on our strengths that we established in the non-conference portion of the schedule, we'll make a point to exploit our opponents' defenses."
Hurst broke the previous single-match kills record of 34 set by Jill Fayard vs. then Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) on Sept. 22, 1998. Tulane fell behind two games to one after winning the opening stanza 30-28 and dropping the next two 30-23 and 30-25, respectively. The Green Wave battled back to take game four 30-28 and held an 11-8 advantage in game five before Bowling Green closed the door on Tulane with a 15-13 victory.
The Green Wave rolled out to a 3-1 start in game one, but a 12-3 rally by Bowling Green gave the Falcons a 13-6 advantage early on. Tulane would regroup, though, and fought back to retake the lead at 25-24. The Green Wave pushed their lead to as many as three at 27-24 and Bowling Green would cut the lead to one on a pair of occasions, but Tulane was able to hang on and take the opening stanza 30-28.
Tulane fell behind early in game two as the Falcons streaked out to a 5-1 lead. Tulane came back with a 3-0 run to cut the lead to one, but Bowling Green came right back to take an eight-point lead at 20-12 before the Green Wave called a timeout. After the break, Tulane was able to cut the lead to five at 24-19, but errors spelled doom for the Green Wave as they faced game-point at 29-20. Tulane refused to go away, scoring four straight points before falling 30-24.
It was the Green Wave that got out to the early lead in game three as Tulane rolled out to a 10-5 lead. Bowling Green, however, answered with a 6-1 rally to tie it up at 11-all before taking the lead at 14-13. The Falcons pushed their lead to as many as three on three occasions, but the Green Wave were able to fight back to tie at 24-all. After Tulane took a brief 25-24 lead, Bowling Green came right back with a 6-0 run to end the frame and take the contest 30-24.
Game four turned into a slugfest as Bowling Green and Tulane answered each other point-for-point throughout most of the stanza. The Falcons claimed the early lead and would not relinquish the advantage until 41 points into the contest when Tulane went ahead 21-20. The Green Wave lead swelled to as many as three at 23-20, and despite Bowling Green tying the game at 27-all, Tulane was able to hang on for a 30-28 win.
Tulane claimed the early lead in game five, jumping out to a 5-1 advantage, but Bowling Green came right back and took an 8-6 lead before the team's traditional switching of benches. Tulane battled back to take an 11-9 lead, but the Falcons outscored the Green Wave 6-2 the rest of the way to take the match with a 15-13 victory.
Kristin Gamby led four Bowling Green players with double-digit kill totals with 19, followed by Bridget Protas with 16, Susie Norris with 11 and Nadia Bedricky with 10. Emily Manser paced the Falcon defense with 20 kills while Norris was close behind with 19. Protas led the BGSU block party with ten, including two solo.
The Green Wave returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 28 when they return to Fogelman Arena for the 2002 Kathy Trosclair Memorial Classic. The tourney will be the Conference USA opener for Tulane as the Green Wave takes on Saint Louis at 1 p.m. before closing out tournament play at 7 p.m. vs. Centenary.