Nov. 3, 2013
DENTON, Texas - Despite a season-high 22 kills from senior Cori Martone, the Tulane volleyball team was upset by North Texas in four sets at the Mean Green Volleyball Center in Denton, Texas on Sunday.
Things were tied going into the break as Tulane (22-3, 8-2) won set two 25-15 after dropping the first set 25-20 to North Texas (15-12, 7-4), but the Mean Green were able to put away the Green Wave in sets three and four, winning 25-15 and 27-25, respectively.
Martone had an outstanding afternoon, recording the second most kills by a Green Wave player this season, while also recording a hitting percentage of .293. But it was clearly not enough, as Tulane's nine-match winning streak came to a halt.
"We played a good team in a tough environment today," said director of Tulane volleyball Sinisa Momic. "We struggled in sets three and four, as the games were back and forth. We just didn't adjust appropriately. They took us out of our normal routine. We will use this loss as a learning experience as we make our way through the rest of the regular season and the conference tournament. This will make us better going forward."
Freshman Tea Juric was the only other Green Wave athlete with double-digit kills, as she posted 13. Fellow freshman Annie Shurtz managed eight kills, while junior Anna Wruck (five), senior Mel Mandelbaum (one), freshman Sarah Strasner (one) and junior Grace Weaver (one) all got in on the offensive action.
Juric was spectacular serving the volleyball, as she notched a career-high four service aces, tying for the most by any Green Wave athlete this year.
Mandelbaum didn't get to the 49 assists she needed to move to third-place in Tulane history, but she did manage a match-high 44.
Weaver led the team in digs once again, tallying 17, while Mandelbaum (14) and Juric (11) also had double-digit dig totals. Juric posted her team-leading 12th double-double on the season.
Strasner and Wruck both notched solo blocks, while Wruck added three block assists to lead the team in total blocks with four. As a team, the Green Wave had six total blocks.
With the game tied at one game apiece, Tulane had their lowest offensive effort of the afternoon on Sunday during the third game, hitting .031 as a team, while the Mean Green managed to hit .306 during the same set. There were two ties and two lead changes early in the set, but North Texas led for the remainder of the action after going up 6-5.
The fourth set was incredibly close, as North Texas needed extra points to get past Tulane. Martone recorded eight of her kills during the action, while Juric added four. The Green Wave had 19 digs in the game, their highest single-game number on the afternoon. However, North Texas hit well again as a team, and wouldn't go away. Despite 15 ties and five lead changes, North Texas was just too much for Tulane, ultimately winning on a kill and a Tulane attack error after things were tied at 25.
The Green Wave will be on the road again this upcoming weekend, as they will travel to Tulsa, Okla., on Friday for a 7pm CT match before heading south to Houston for a 1pm CT Sunday match against Rice.
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