No. 16 Green Wave Beach Volleyball knocks off North Florida in Day One of Tiger Beach Challenge

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Tulane Beach Volleyball

BATON ROUGE, La. – Tulane’s No. 16 beach volleyball squad took on a pair of CCSA opponents as well as the University of North Florida in day one of the Tiger Beach Challenge in Baton Rouge, but the Green Wave (9-3, 1-3 CCSA) were unable to close in on No. 8 South Carolina and No. 10 LSU as they finished with a 1-2 record on Saturday afternoon. Despite the losses, Tulane got back into the win column to close out the day with a 4-1 victory over North Florida.

TULANE 0, LSU 5
The Green Wave had a rough start to the morning, dropping their first dual of the weekend to host No. 10 LSU on a score of five matches to none.
Tulane’s fifth flight, made up of duo Anna Chin and Sarah Strasner, took the first set from the Tigers 21-14 but fell in a close 17-21 decision in the second. The pair couldn’t hold off Callan Molle and Cati Leak in the deciding set, falling 15-17 as the Tigers took an early 1-0 lead.
Court four would also go to three sets but once again, the decision did not fall in Tulane’s favor, with Tarin Mergener and Annie Shurtz going 20-22, 21-12 and 15-11 to give LSU a 2-0 advantage.
Tulane had the chance to get back in the dual on court three, but Briana Correa and Hannah Holmes could not hold off the Tigers as the pair fell in close 18-21, 19-21 sets.
The Tigers sealed the dual sweep as Tulane fell 1-2, 0-2 on courts one and two.

TULANE 1, SOUTH CAROLINA 4
Tulane took on No. 8 South Carolina in the second dual match-up of the day, looking to right the ship following a 0-5 outing against host LSU, but the Green Wave couldn’t keep up with the Gamecocks and dropped to 0-2 on the afternoon in a 1-4 loss to the CCSA opponent.
No. 5 pair of Christina McAfee and Sarah Strasner played to three sets to start Tulane off against the Gamecocks but dropped the third 15-9 to give South Carolina a 1-0 advantage.
Courts two and three went similarly in straight sets, but No. 2 duo of Kaylie McHugh and Tea Juric notched their tenth match win of the season, knocking off the Gamecocks 25-23 and 15-6 in sets two and three of the match-up.
Madeline Mertz and Lan Nguyen hung close to their opponents on court one but fell 19-21, 22-24 to South Carolina to close out the match.

TULANE 4, NORTH FLORIDA 1
The Green Wave got back into the win column in their final dual of the day, taking down North Florida on a score of 4-1 by notching victories on all but the second court. With the win, Tulane moved to 3-0 in the all-time series with the Ospreys.
Following a close opening set on court five, Anna Chin and Sarah Strasner would complete a sweep of their opponents on scores of 21-19 and 21-13, followed by similar 21-19, 21-16 scores from Tarin Mergener and Annie Shurtz on court four to give Tulane a 2-0 advantage in the dual.
The Green Wave clinched the match on their third straight sweep, this time coming from No. 3 pair of Briana Correa and Hannah Holmes on scores of 21-18 and 21-16.
Tulane closed out day one in Baton Rouge on a final match win on court one, as Madeline Mertz and Lan Nguyen defeated the Ospreys 21-11 and 24-22.

UP NEXT
The Green Wave close out the Tiger Beach Challenge with back-to-back duals against UAB and No. 19 FIU at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively. Both matches will be played at Mango’s in Baton Rouge.
Fans can keep up with the latest in Tulane beach volleyball action by following the team on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Results from Day One of the Tiger Beach Challenge
TULANE 0, LSU 5
1. (LSU) Emmy Allen/Ashley Allmer def. (Tulane) Madeline Mertz and Lan Nguyen (15-21, 21-15, 15-9)
2. (LSU) Kristen Nuss and Claire Coppola def. (Tulane) Tea Juric and Kaylie McHugh (21-12, 21-19)
3. (LSU) Katie Lindelow and Olivia Powers def. (Tulane) Briana Correa and Hannah Holmes (21-18, 21-19)
4. (LSU) Megan Davenport and Riley Young def. (Tulane) Tarin Mergener and Annie Shurtz (20-22, 21-12, 15-11)
5. (LSU) Callan Molle and Cati Leak def. (Tulane) Anna Chin and Sarah Strasner (21-14, 17-21, 17-15)

TULANE 1, SOUTH CAROLINA 4
1. (SC) Katie Zimmerman and Katie Smith def. (Tulane) Lan Nguyen and Madeline Mertz (21-19, 24-22)
2. (Tulane) Kaylie McHugh and Tea Juric def. (SC) Adriana Culbert and Ali Denney (19-21, 25-23, 15-6)
3. (SC) Julia Mannisto and Carly Schneider def. (Tulane) Annie Shurtz and Hannah Holmes (21-10, 21-14)
4. (SC) Shannon Williams and Macie Tendrich def. (Tulane) Briana Correa and Tarin Mergener (21-12, 21-13)
5. (SC) Jade Vitt and Franky Harrison def. (Tulane) Christina McAfee and Sarah Strasner (16-21, 21-17, 15-9)

TULANE 4, NORTH FLORIDA 1
1. (Tulane) Madeline Mertz and Lan Nguyen def. (UNF) Kimberly Ferguson and Carina Hoff (21-11, 24-22)
2. (UNF) Courtney Miller and Katarina Raicevic def. (Tulane) Kaylie McHugh and Tea Juric (21-9, 16-21, 15-13)
3. (Tulane) Briana Correa and Hannah Holmes def. (UNF) Taryn Griffey and Chaney Howard (21-18, 21-16)
4. (Tulane) Tarin Mergener and Annie Shurtz def. (UNF) Brittany Pase and Gabby O’Connell (21-19, 21-16)
5. (Tulane) Anna Chin and Sarah Strasner def. (UNF) Shannon McPherson and Nicole Debolt (21-19, 21-13)

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