Oct. 14, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - Junior setter Mel Mandelbaum posted a double-double with 11 assists and 11 digs, but it was not enough as the Tulane University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 Conference USA decision to Tulsa on Sunday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Golden Hurricane cruised past the Green Wave in the first two sets 25-13 and 25-14, respectively, and outlasted Tulane in the final frame 25-22 to complete the sweep. With the loss, Tulane fell to 4-16 on the year and 2-7 in conference play. Tulsa, meanwhile, improved to 15-8 overall and 8-1 in league action. Mandelbaum's double-double was her ninth of the 2012 season and the 29th of her career.
As a team, Tulane hit a season-low .026 after tallying 25 kills and 22 errors in 114 swings while allowing the Golden Hurricane to connect at a .244 clip with 44 kills and 15 miscues on 119 attempts. Overall, Tulsa had more kills (44-25), assists (39-23), service aces (7-4), digs (60-50) and blocks (7.0-6.0) than the Green Wave.
Sophomore outside hitter Grace Weaver led Tulane with six kills while sophomore middle blockers Anna Wruck and Olivia Utt along with junior outside hitter Milena Dragovic followed with five each. Mandelbaum was one of two Green Wave players to tally double-digit dig totals as junior libero Azarri Badawi added 10. Wruck led the team with one solo block and a three block assists.
Tulsa set the tone for the match early on, running out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set. Tulane cut the deficit to one at 5-4, but that was as close as the Green Wave would get as the Hurricane stretched their lead to 10 at 20-10 and outscored the Wave 5-3 the rest of the way to complete the 12-point win.
Down two sets to one, the Green Wave refused to go away quietly and gave Tulsa everything it could handle for the bulk of what proved to be the final frame. The set featured 10 ties with the last coming courtesy of a kill by Tulsa's Carly Boatwright to make it 22-22. That point was the first of four straight to end the set for Tulsa as Tyler Henderson followed with a kill, Tulane committed an attack error, and the combination of Boatwright and Henderson stuffed another Green Wave attack to close out the contest.
Henderson led Tulsa with a match-best 18 kills while Ashley Hooper followed with 13. Jordan Clampitt posted a double-double of her own for the Golden Hurricane with 22 assists and 13 digs. Diana Silva and Jessica Adams joined Clampitt in the double-digit dig club with 16 and 14, respectively, while Boatwright had one solo block and a five block assists.
Tulane returns to action on Friday, Oct. 19, when they play host to Rice at 7 p.m. in the Hertz Center. The match against the Owls is the first of two home contests for the Green Wave, who will battle Houston on Oct. 21 with first serve slated for 1 p.m. Tickets to those matches and future Green Wave events are currently for sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.