Sept. 23, 2012
FINAL - Match 14
(4-10, 1-1 C-USA)
(3-11, 1-2 C-USA)
|M. Jovic||19 *||1||--|
|M. Mandelbaum||14||44 *||--|
|M. Reiterova||16 *||22||1|
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Sr. // RS // Zrenjanin, Serbia
Jovic posted a match-high 19 kills. She added seven digs and six blocks. The senior hit .325 for the match.
NEW ORLEANS - Senior Milica Jovic set season-highs in three categories and led all players with 19 kills, but it wasn't enough in the Tulane volleyball team's four-set loss to UCF on Sunday, Sept. 23 inside the Hertz Center on the Uptown campus. The Green Wave fell by scores of 23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 19-25 in the Conference USA tilt.
Jovic enjoyed her best match of the season with 19 kills, seven digs and five blocks. The senior boasted a season-high in kills, blocks and points (22.0), as she hit .325 for the match with just six errors on 40 attempts. Cori Martone added 15 kills and Anna Wruck tallied ten successful attacks, but 44 errors by the Olive and Blue were a major difference in the score.
After trailing early in the opening set, Tulane (3-11, 1-2 C-USA) battled back to knot the set at 11-11 on a Jovic kill. The Knights would score the next six points and eventually lead 18-12 when Evija Vilde connected on a kill. Tulane scored ten of the next 13 points and Jovic's kill gave the Olive and Blue their first lead at 22-21. UCF (4-10, 1-1) raddled off the next three points and Angelica Crump eventually closed out the opening frame with a kill to end the 25-23 win for the visitors.
Tulane owned the early goings of the second set and twice built a lead of five points, only to see the Knights bring the set back within reach. Cori Martone's service ace made it 16-11 in favor of the home side, but a 7-2 run by UCF knotted things at 18-18. After each team led by two points late in the set, UCF finally finished the stanza on a 5-1 run to claim the 2-0 lead heading to the intermission.
The Green Wave didn't trail in the third set and UCF was only able to draw even twice. Tulane pushed out to a 13-7 advantage thanks to four kills and a block from Jovic. Later in the set, Ashley Gialenios' kill drew the Knights even at 18-18, but the Olive and Blue responded with eight of the final 11 points and Jovic fittingly ended things with her seventh kill of the set.
UCF trailed 1-0 to open the fourth set, but a flurry of points in the early going gave the Knights a 14-5 advantage and they were able to coast their way to a 25-19 victory in the final set. UCF hit .312 as a team, while Tulane finished the frame with a .267 attacking clip.
Tulane will continue their homestand with a pair of Conference USA tilts next weekend in the Hertz Center. The Green Wave will welcome Memphis for a 7:00 match on Friday, Sept. 28 and close out the week versus UAB on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1:00.
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