Nov. 13, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Green Wave faded down the stretch at Bartow Arena and UAB grew stronger as the match went on to hand the Tulane volleyball team a three-set loss on Sunday afternoon. Cori Martone was able to reach double figures in kills, but the Green Wave fell by scores of 20-25, 16-25, 15-25.
"We did a decent job in the first set today, but we are still making too many mistakes," said Tulane head coach Sinisa Momic. "We just couldn't find a rhythm or flow throughout the match. If one thing started working, something else would go wrong. We just couldn't seem to get any of our skill sets working today. Cori did a nice job on the outside and Anna made the most of her opportunities, but it just wasn't enough to beat a team like UAB."
Tulane put their best foot forward in the opening set and fought back from an early three point deficit to take a two point lead at 11-9 on a solo block by Olivia Utt. The Blazers went on a five-point run to retake the lead, 14-11, but TU again pulled within one after a pair of UAB attacking errors. The home team was able to side out the remainder of the set and UAB struck first with a 25-20 victory.
In the second set, Tulane held strong over the first 18 points, sitting at a 9-9 deadlock, but UAB scored six of the next seven points to gain control at 15-10. The Blazers accounted for ten of the final 16 points and took the 2-0 lead into the locker room at the break. Martone has six kills in the second set, but the Blazers boasted a .308 attacking percentage to a .100 clip for Tulane.
Tulane hit just .081 with 26 kills and 18 errors on 99 total attacks in the match, while UAB came in at .255 (41K-14E-106TA). The Green Wave held a slight edge in digs (43-40), but the Blazers owned the advantage in assists (25-24), service aces (9-3) and blocks (7-4).
Martone led all players with 14 kills and chipped in seven digs, while Anna Wruck added five for the Olive and Blue. Senior Nikki Osuna added 13 digs - a match-high - to move ahead of Kelli Dickson (446 digs, 2004) and into sixth on the single season digs chart with 458 this year.
The final home weekend of the season awaits the Green Wave. Tulane will host Houston on Friday, November 18 at 7:00 before hosting Senior Day against Rice on Sunday, November 20 at 1:00. Tulane will honor Osuna, their lone senior, prior to the match in Fogelman Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Single game tickets for the final home weekend of the 2011 season can be purchased by contacting the Tulane Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE or visiting the Tulane Team Shop inside the James Wilson, Jr. Center between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.