Tulane Volleyball falls to Temple in Friday night battle
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane volleyball struggled to slow Temple’s powerful offensive attack, as it dropped the first match of its weekend homestand, falling 3-1 (14-25, 25-19, 17-25, 15-25), Friday night at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse. Tulane drops to 12-4 overall, 1-2 The American on the season.
Temple came out firing on all cylinders in the first set, recording an attacking percentage of .382 and forcing Tulane to fight from behind. Freshman middle hitter Markenzie Benoit did what she could to bolster the Green Wave’s offense, picking up two kills (attack percentage of .500). Errors, however, plagued the Tulane, as it recorded an overall attack percentage of -.054 in the first set and lost, 25-14.
The Green Wave responded with a burst of energy the second set, winning, 25-19, in a dramatic comeback. Trailing 17-11, Tulane went on a 14-2 run to close out the set and even the match at one. The Green Wave attacked to just a clip of .147 percent in the set, but clutch efforts, including freshman setter Jenna Ibieta’s service ace, helped the team complete the comeback.
Tulane struggled to slow Temple’s offense in the third set, allowing the opponent to record an attack percentage of .533 in the frame. The Green Wave could not muster enough firepower to overcome Temple’s attack, as it dropped the set, 25-17. Freshman outside hitter Lexie Douglas and junior outside hitter Hannah Shaw each posted two kills in the set, while junior middle hitter Dayna Kern tallied two kills on an attack percentage of .250.
Temple closed out the match in the fourth set, winning, 25-15, holding Tulane to an attack percentage of .029 in the set. The Green Wave finished the match with an overall attack percentage of .080, as Douglas led the team with six kills. McHugh recorded a match-high 26 digs.
Tulane faces a quick turnaround, as it hosts UConn (8-7 overall, 1-2 The American). The Green Wave square off against the Huskies, 12 p.m., Sunday.
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