Nov. 9, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Senior right-side hitter Izabela Grot and junior middle blocker Cori Martone tallied nine kills each while sophomore libero Grace Weaver recorded a match-high 12 digs, but it was not enough as the Tulane University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Conference USA foe Marshall on Friday at the Cam Henderson Center.
Tulane led just four times the entire match, and never by more than four, as the Thundering Herd rolled to the 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 win. In defeat, the Green Wave fell to 6-20 on the year and 4-11 in league play. Marshall, meanwhile, improved to 17-12 overall and 7-8 in conference action.
As a team, the Green Wave hit just .083 with 25 kills and 18 errros in 84 swings while the Herd countered with a .216 clip 37 kills, 15 errors, 102 swings). Tulane had 43 digs to Marshall's 39 and 8.0 team blocks to the Herds' 5.0. The home team, however, used a strong day at the service stripe to record 13 aces.
Tulane ran out to a 4-1 lead in the opening frame only to see Marshall tied thee frame a 4-, 5- and 8-all. From there, the Herd used a 5-0 run to create some separation and continued to stretch the lead as the set progressed to set the tone for the rest of the day.
The two teams traded the first 12 points of the second stanza, and with the score knotted at 6-all, Tulane appeared to take control with a 4-0 run to claim a 10-6 lead. The advantage would be short-lived, though, as the Herd rallied to tie the set at 12-12 and scored the next four points to take a 16-12 lead they would not relinquish.
It was a similar story in what proved to be the final set as the two team stood tied at 10-10 after 20 serves. A kill by Marshall's Katy Schad gave her team the lead for good, and even though Tulane hung tough for a while, the Thundering Herd scored the final five points to finish things off.
Marshall's Laura Der led all players with 15 kills and Schad was the lone Herd defender to post double-digit dig totals with 10. Lauren Legge had a match-best four aces while Der and Katie Potts each had three. Sammie Bane had a match-best 27 assists.
Tulane will close out the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 11, when the Green Wave travel to Greenville, N.C., to take on East Carolina. First serve for that match is slated for noon.