Volleyball: Tulane falls to Tulsa in opening match of Homecoming weekend

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NEW ORLEANS – Tulane volleyball dropped its opening match of Homecoming weekend, losing in five sets (27-29, 25-22, 19-25, 25-15, 11-15) against Tulsa Friday night at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse. The Green Wave fall to 13-13 overall, 2-11 The American with the loss.

The Green Wave suffered heartbreak in the opening set, losing 29-27, despite freshman outside hitter Lexie Douglas’ six kills. Tulane trailed by as much as five, but cut its deficit to one before evening the set at 24 apiece on freshman right side hitter Markenzie Benoit’s service ace. The Green Wave, however, could not close out the set, failing to take advantage of a late 27-26 lead.

Tulane did not let the disappointment from set one linger, taking the second frame, 25-22, to even the match. Sophomore right side hitter Alexis Silver hammered five kills (.833) to carry the Green Wave in the set. Freshman libero Mia Primavera recorded five kills, as Tulsa recorded an attack percentage of just .095.

Douglas’ set-high four kills (.333 attack percentage) did not provide enough firepower for the Green Wave in the third set, as they lost 25-19. Senior setter Justine Bowers posted 11 assists, but Tulane attacked to a percentage of .119, struggling to put together consistent offense. Sophomore Kaylie McHugh tallied seven digs in the set.

Tulane bounced back in the fourth set to win 25-15, forcing a decisive fifth set. The Green Wave opened an early 10-4, maintaining control of set four from the start. A service ace by junior outside hitter Hannah Shaw padded Tulane’s lead at 17-6 before it closed out the set win.

The Green Wave, however, could not complete the comeback in the fifth set, falling 15-11 in the final frame to seal its defeat. McHugh finished with 32 digs – five shy of her school record of 37 – and added three service aces. Bowers tallied a match-high 49 assists, while Douglas posted a team-high 17 kills.

Up Next
Homecoming weekend rolls on when Tulane hosts SMU, 1 p.m., Sunday at Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse. The Mustangs come to New Orleans on a three-match winning streak after defeating Houston, 3-2, Friday night in Houston.

Sunday’s match against SMU is Camper Reunion Night. Campers from the Tulane volleyball summer camps will have access to a free ticket at the door, and parents can purchase discounted tickets for the match here.

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

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