Benoit, Kern, Hansel post double-digit kills in Tulane Volleyball’s loss at USF

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TAMPA, Fla. – Sophomore middle hitter Erika Hansel, freshman middle hitter Markenzie Benoit and junior middle hitter Dayna Kern recorded double-digit kills, but Tulane volleyball fell short, 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 23-25, 20-25), against USF Sunday afternoon. The Green Wave’s record moves to 13-16 overall, 2-14 The American.

Hansel, Benoit and Kern combined for 10 kills in the first set, but Tulane could not slow USF’s offense as it lost, 25-20. USF attacked to a .417 percentage, fending off the Green Wave’s runs and attempts to take control of the set. Tulane recorded a team attack percentage of .312 with Benoit posting a team-high four kills.

Benoit’s roll continued into the second set as she added three kills to her total, helping Tulane win, 25-21. The Green Wave took control of the set, building a 20-13 lead before an 8-2 run by USF cut the deficit to two. A run-stopping kill by senior setter Justine Bowers gave Tulane some breathing room, and the Green Wave closed the set without further trouble.

USF won the third set, 25-23, posting an attack percentage of .302 which Tulane struggled to slow. Kern posted four kills to reach double digits, but the Green Wave fell behind early and had to stage a comeback throughout the set. Down by as much as five, the Wave cut the deficit – highlighted by Bowers’ service – to one, but could not pull out the set win. Bowers added eight assists in the frame.

USF sealed the match victory in the fourth set, winning 25-20. Benoit finished with a team-high 13 kills and six blocks, while Kern and Hansel each nabbed 12 kills. Bowers posted a match-high 33 assists and a team-high 12 digs, recording a double-double in the process.

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Four matches remain in the Green Wave’s 2017 season, as they make their push to qualify for a postseason tournament. Tulane hosts Cincinnati 7 p.m., Friday, before ECU comes to Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse for a 12 p.m., Sunday match.

Single-game tickets for the 2017 season remain on sale. Tickets may be purchased by calling 504-861-WAVE(9283), logging onto or visiting the ticket office at the James W. Wilson Jr. Center.

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