Sept. 21, 2012
(5-8, 1-0 C-USA)
(3-10, 1-1 C-USA)
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jr. // OH // Baton Rouge, La..
Martone posted her ninth double-double of the season with a match-high 24 kills and 16 digs. The junior hit .319 and added one block.
NEW ORLEANS - Not even a season-high attacking percentage could help the Tulane volleyball team in their five-set loss at Southern Miss on Friday, Sept. 21. The Olive and Blue fought back from a one-set deficit twice in the match, but the Golden Eagles rallied to win the fifth set and claimed the match by scores of 18-25, 25-9, 23-25, 25-18, 10-15 inside of Reed Green Coliseum.
The Olive and Blue posted a season-best hitting percentage of .363 and Cori Martone led all players with 24 kills and 16 digs to mark her ninth double-double of the season, while Mel Mandelbaum handed out 58 assists and 14 digs. Azarri Badawi tied for the match-high with 16 digs and Grace Weaver chipped in 19 kills.
The opening set was won by the Golden Eagles at the service line and at the net, as the two teams each had three attacking errors and were nearly event in kills. Southern Miss (5-8, 1-0 C-USA) held a 13-12 kill edge, but posted all three blocks in the opening stanza and collected three service aces. A pair of three-point runs gave the home team the cushion they needed to grab the early advantage.
Tulane (3-10, 1-1 C-USA) put together one of the most impressive sets of the season when they converted on 16 of their 23 attacks without committing an error. The Olive and Blue raced out to an early 4-0 lead and eventually led 14-4 on back-to-back kills from Cori Martone. The set ended with TU riding an 11-5 wave and Grace Weaver closed out the near perfect set with her fourth kill of the set.
Southern Miss raced out to an early 9-4 lead in the third stanza, but Tulane stormed back to grab a 10-9 edge. The two teams went back and forth, trading leads three time and sitting tied five other times, before Jasmine Crowell gave Southern Miss a 22-21 lead with a kill. After the Golden Eagles pushed their lead to 24-21, a service error and a Weaver kill pulled the Green Wave within one at 24-23, but Halie Ecker converted on an attack to close out the set.
It was Tulane from the onset in the fourth stanza. With the match tied at 1-1, Martone's kill gave the Green Wave the lead and they never looked back. After building a four point edge at 8-4, Tulane found that margin cut to just one at 10-9. A Milica Jovic kill started a five-point run to break open the set and the Golden Eagles never got closer than that the rest of the set.
The fifth set was all Southern Miss from the onset, but like the flow of the match, Tulane found their way right back in match trailing just 13-10 with the serve. A service error and a Golden Eagle block would put an end to the comeback and evened the Green Wave's Conference USA record.
The Green Wave will return home to host UCF on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Hertz Center starting at 1:00 p.m.
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