New Orleans Beach Volleyball earns split in Day 2 of Blazer Beach Duals

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Privateers earn first win of the season in 5-0 decision over Austin Peay, drop 4-1 decision to host UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – It was a day of highs and lows for the University of New Orleans beach volleyball team as the Privateers dropped a 4-1 decision to host UAB before posting a 5-0 sweep of Austin Peay on Saturday in day two of the Blazer Beach Duals at the UAB West Campus Athletic Complex.

The tandem of redshirt-junior Cara Sander and freshman Victoria Corcoran posted a 2-0 day at the top of the UNO lineup with a 21-15, 15-21, 15-5 victory over the Blazers’ Avei Logoleo and Erika Zembyla and a 21-14, 21-15 sweep of the Governors’ Ginny Gerig and Jenna Panning. With the split, the Privateers improve to 1-2 on the young season.

“We are happy to have won a match decidedly on the opening weekend of the season,” New Orleans head coach Millicent Van Norden said. “In our first match of the day, our winning pair Cara and Victoria played an outstanding match. I believe they set the tone for the afternoon win by playing controlled and sticking to the game plan every point of competition.”

Four of the Privateers’ pairs wins in the contest against Austin Peay came in straight sets. Freshmen Rachel Kuhn and Veronica Corcoran followed the top tandem’s lead with a 21-8, 21-13 victory over Christina White and Kristen Stucker, sophomore Blessing Dunn and senior Lauren Levy logged a 23-21, 21-10 decision over Mimi Arrington and Kaitlyn Teeter, and sophomore Samantha Uline and freshman Karli Baker recorded back-to-back 21-18 outcomes against Ashley Slay and Allie Thornton.

The rookie duo of Ryan Rand and Brianna Vega, meanwhile, won the opener against Allie O’Reily and Kaylee Taff, 21-15, but the tide turned in the second set as the Austin Peay tandem rallied for a 21-16 decision. From there, the UNO pair completed the team sweep with a 15-10 decision to help make the Privateers’ drive back to New Orleans a happy one.

“With a significant part of the push we are trying to make this season is in large part with a freshman class of student-athletes,” Van Norden added. “Laying the foundation for the future of this program, we will train to get better every day.”

While the win at the No. 1 position helped spark a win over Austin Peay, it was a different story in the day’s opening contest as UNO’s 2-5 tandems fell in straight sets in the lost to UAB. The best match of the foursome came on Court 4 where Uline and Baker gave Gabbi Moreno and Rachel Evans everything they could handle before ultimately falling 21-15, 21-17. In No. 2 action, Kuhn and Dunn dropped a 21-4, 21-15 contest to Avery Hoven and Morgan Smith while Levy and Veronica Corcoran fell to Kat Jovicic and Tressa Buckland 21-10, 21-17. UAB’s Emily Martinez and Kenley Adams added a 21-11, 21-9 win over Rand and Vega to account for the final score.

The Privateers return returns to action on Saturday, March 11, when they head to Gulf Shores, Ala., to take part in the Badger Beach Bash. From there, New Orleans will play at ULM on Thursday, March 16.

UAB BLAZERS (2-0) DEFEAT NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS (0-3): 4-1
No. 1: Cara Sander / Victoria Corcoran (UNO) def. Avei Logoleo / Erika Zembyla (UAB) – 21-15, 15-21, 15-5
No. 2: Avery Hoven / Morgan Smith (UAB) def. Rachel Kuhn / Blessing Dunn (UNO) – 21-4, 21-15
No. 3: Kat Jovicic / Tressa Buckland (UAB) def Veronica Corcoran / Lauren Levy (UNO) – 21-10, 21-17
No. 4: Gabbi Moreno / Rachel Evans (UAB) def. Samantha Uline / Karli Baker (UNO) – 21-15, 21-17
No. 5: Emily Martinez / Kenley Adams (UAB) def. Rhyan Rand / Brianna Vega (UNO) – 21-11, 21-9

NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS (1-2) DEFEAT AUSTIN PEAY GOVERNORS (0-1): 5-0
No. 1: Cara Sander / Victoria Corcoran (UNO) def. Ginny Gerig / Jenna Panning (AP) – 21-14, 21-15
No. 2: Rachel Kuhn / Veronica Corcoran (UNO) def. Christina White / Kristen Stucker (AP) – 21-8, 21-13
No. 3: Blessing Dunn / Lauren Levy (UNO) def. Mimi Arrington / Kaitlyn Teeter (AP) – 23-21, 21-10
No. 4: Samantha Uline / Karli Baker (UNO) def. Ashley Slay / Allie Thornton (AP) – 21-18, 21-18
No. 5: Briana Vega / Rhyan Rand (UNO) def. Allie O’Reilly / Kaylee Taff (AP) – 21-15, 16-21, 15-10

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