Press release courtesy of Tulane Athletics.
NEW ORLEANS – A rain-soaked Saturday at White Sands Volleyball Courts could not slow the Green Wave’s roll.
Senior Madeline Mertz and sophomore Kaylie McHugh defeated No. 9 LSU’s top pair of Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss in straight sets, and No. 19 Tulane beach volleyball swept Houston Baptist, 5-0, in its first dual of the Green Wave Invitational on Saturday. Tulane went 1-1 on the day, suffering a 3-2 loss against LSU in the second dual of the day to move its season record to 15-11 overall, 3-6 CCSA.
HOW IT HAPPENED
No. 19 Tulane 5, HBU 0
The Green Wave breezed past HBU, 5-0, to open the weekend, dropping just two sets across five flights.
Freshmen Ashley Delgado and Addison Hermstad battled to five sets against HBU’s No. 4 pair before winning 17-21, 22-20, 15-7 to give Tulane a 1-0 advantage. Freshmen Gabriella Becerra and Rio Frohoff, playing at the four, followed up their five-set battle with one of their own, fighting tooth and nail en route to a 21-17, 17-21, 17-15 win.
Mertz and McHugh picked up their 19th win of the season in a straight-set 21-19, 21-13 win against HBU’s No. 1 pair. Senior Lan Nguyen and sophomore Tarin Mergener, playing at the two, also won in straight sets, taking down HBU’s No. 2 duo by a score of 21-12, 26-24.
Junior Anna Chin and freshman Lauren Orlich earned a 21-19, 21-12 win against HBU’s No. 3 pair to clinch the sweep.
No. 8 LSU 3, No. 19 Tulane 2
Tulane’s upset bid fell just short, as Chin and Orlich fought to three sets in before ultimately dropping flight three to five LSU a 3-2 dual win.
Mertz and McHugh electrified the crowd by taking down LSU top duo in straight sets. With the dual tied at one after Frohoff and Becerra earned a 21-18, 21-18 win in flight four, Tulane’s No. 1 pair rolled to a 21-17, 21-16 win to give the Green Wave a 2-1 advantage.
LSU tied it up with a win in flight three. Nguyen and Mergener battled to the very end in the first set, losing 26-24, before going down 21-16 in the second.
All eyes then turned to the action in flight two. Chin and Orlich dropped the first set, 21-17, but rebounded with a 21-16 win in the second.
The drama continued into the third set, where Tulane and LSU’s pairs traded blows back-and-forth. Chin and Orlich trailed by as much as three, but mounted a run to tie the flight at 12 before losing 15-13.
The Green Wave Invitational rolls on tomorrow. Tulane opens play at 9:30 a.m. against No. 12 Grand Canyon and at 3 p.m. against UNO. The Green Wave’s match against Central Arkansas, which was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, is moved to Sunday and will be played at a time to be announced later.
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RESULTS FROM DAY ONE AT GREEN WAVE INVITATIONAL
DUAL ONE: #19 Tulane 5, HBU 0
No. 1 Madeline Mertz/Kaylie McHugh (TLN) def. Jessica Wooten/Aeriel Horton (HBU) 21-19, 21-13
No. 2 Lan Nguyen/Tarin Mergener (TLN) def. Kayla Armer/Tori Hinojosa (HBU) 21-12, 26-24
No. 3 Anna Chin/Lauren Orlich (TLN) def. Kali Fluke/Brennan Miller (HBU) 21-19, 21-12
No. 4 Addison Hermstad/Ashley Delgado (TLN) def. Bailey Banks/Katya Siveira (HBU) 17-21, 22-20, 15-7
No. 5 Rio Frohoff/Gabriella Becerra (TLN) def. Danielle Wheeler/Mikayla Vivens (HBU) 21-17, 17-21, 17-15
Exh. – Christina McAfee/Briana Correa (TLN) def. Jordyn Miller/Meagan Carter (HBU) 21-18, 21-19
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3
DUAL TWO: #8 LSU 3, #19 Tulane 2
No. 1 Madeline Mertz/Kaylie McHugh (TLN) def. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) 21-17, 21-16
No. 2 Haleigh Nelson/Mandi Orellana (LSU) def. Anna Chin/Lauren Orlich (TLN) 21-17, 16-21, 15-13
No. 3 Olivia Powers/Hunter Domanski (LSU) def. Lan Nguyen/Tarin Mergener (TLN) 26-24, 21-16
No. 4 Rio Frohoff/Gabriella Becerra (TLN) def. Emmy Allen/Megan Davenport (LSU) 21-18, 21-18
No. 5 Riley Young/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Ashley Delgado/Addison Hermstad (TLN) 14-21, 21-11, 15-13
Exh. – Lilly Kessler/Kahlee York (LSU) def. Morgan Esters/Kendyl Brennan (TLN) 21-15, 21-14
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 4, 1, 3, 2