Tulane athletics weekend wrap-up

Mackenna Barker, Online Sports Editor

This last weekend was bursting at the seams with Tulane athletics. With eight different sports competing, a lot happened Friday through Sunday and there were a lot of important moments. We rounded up the results and the (numerous) highlights so you don’t have to.

Track and Field

Tulane track and field wrapped up its indoor regular season Friday at the LSU Twilight at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse. The team had a solid showing to close out the season, finishing the indoor season on a positive note heading into the American Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday and Monday in Birmingham, Alabama.

Highlights: The squad had strong performances across the board. Freshman Jessica Duckett broke her own school record in 60-meter hurdles twice in one day, ending with an 8.52 best. Junior pole vaulters Mary Carson Pitts and Emma Staisloff both set new personal bests and grabbed No. 3 and No. 5 respectively in the pole vaulting competition. Junior Taylor Potts continues to impress in the throws as she picked up her second event title of the season in the shot put with a 15.13 meter mark.

Baseball

No. 19 baseball opened its season against Illinois Friday afternoon in Turchin Stadium. The Wave conquered the Fighting Illini 6-5 Friday and clinched the series in a 3-0 victory Saturday. Tulane couldn’t secure the sweep Sunday as Illinois came back in the last two frames to win 5-2 and deal the Wave its first loss of the season.

Highlights: After allowing the Fighting Illini to creep back in the ninth and then take a 5-2 lead in the top of the 10th, the Wave came roaring back for the win; Illinois’ senior pitcher Nick Blackburn walked redshirt sophomore Grant Brown and junior Hunter Williams before junior Lex Kaplan brought Brown home on a single to pull it to 5-3. Redshirt-junior Jeremy Montalbano stepped up to bat and slammed a three-run home run to win the game 6-5.

Swim and Dive

Over the weekend, swim and dive made tremendous waves in the American Athletic Conference Championship in Houston. In the four-day event, the squad finished second overall in its best performance in the last 10 years.

“To be second and within 43.5 points of first place SMU, it’s really a huge step for our program and I am so proud of these ladies,” head coach Katie Robinson said. “They had worked so hard all year long and I couldn’t be more grateful and feeling so blessed as a coach. I am beyond ecstatic for how the seniors led this team and left their legacy. We are extremely happy with our second-place finish and we really look forward to the years to come in the American Athletic Conference.”

Highlights: Over the weekend, the Wave broke school records eighteen times, earned ten individual medals and set over sixty personal bests.

Women’s basketball

In a strong defensive performance, women’s basketball secured the 61-42 win over Tulsa Saturday afternoon in Devlin Fieldhouse. The Wave rose to 10-5 in the American Athletic Conference and 19-8 overall on the season; while the Wave faces a difficult final three-game stretch of the regular season, including a trip to the yet undefeated UConn (15-0 AAC, 26-0), the squad is still on track to match and even potentially improve on its 20-9 regular season finish last year, and the possibility for a second consecutive trip to the Big Dance could certainly be in the cards for this team.

Highlights: Sophomore guard Kolby Morgan continues to terrorize opponents’ defenses, racking up 20 points and nine rebounds Saturday afternoon. Her performance Saturday marked her ninth game this season scoring more than 20 points, and the fourth in the past five games.

Men’s tennis

Saturday afternoon, the No. 27 men’s tennis squad hosted the No. 26 Mississippi State at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center. The Wave started off on a 2-0 advantage, but the Bulldogs came back to take the match 4-3.

“Tomorrow’s match is going to be another really tough one and the guys will have to shake off this loss real quick tonight to reset for tomorrow,” head coach Mark Booras said.

And shake it off they did; the Wave bounced back quickly the next day to secure the 4-1 win over No. 35 Drake in City Park.

Highlights: No. 1 Dominik Koepfer has remained dominant; Sunday, the senior moved to 6-0 this spring and the No. 7 doubles pair of Koepfer and junior Chi-Shan Jao continued their undefeated streak this season, taking both doubles matches on the weekend.

Women’s tennis

After trailing Colorado 2-1 early, Tulane women’s tennis shot back to win a hard-earned 4-3 victory in City Park Saturday afternoon. The closely fought battle marked the second win of the week for the Wave.

Highlights: Tulane seems to have a way with doubles – the Wave’s No. 2 doubles pair of freshman Elena Muller and sophomore Naz Karagoz held onto their undefeated doubles reign, moving to 5-0 this spring after defeating Colorado sophomore Jeannez Daniel and freshman Annabelle Andrinopoulos, 6-0.

Bowling

Tulane’s No. 21 bowling squad earned its best tournament finish so far this season at the Warhawk Classic in Wisconsin this past weekend. After starting both Friday and Saturday 1-4 and sitting at No. 9 in the tournament, the Wave rolled back Sunday for a perfect 3-0 finish, good enough to earn the squad the No. 7 spot to wrap up the weekend.

“I am very proud of how the team rebounded on Sunday to go 3-0 in match play after a tough couple of days on the lanes,” head coach Hayley Veitch said.

Highlights: Despite the tough day for the squad, the Wave saw some rising talent take the reins Saturday. Sophomore Sarah Forton and freshman Tiera Gulum led the Wave in the individual standings as Forton grabbed a 188.20 pin average to finish at No. 27, while Gulum finished one spot behind her at No. 28 with a 188.00 pin average.

Women’s golf

Women’s golf kicked off the sixth annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship Sunday at the English Turn Golf & Country Club, hosting teams such as No. 3 UCLA and No. 6 Stanford, defending national champion. The Wave came out Sunday on a strong performance to place the squad in third place after day one of the three-day tournament.

Highlights: Senior Emily Penttila led the charge Sunday and finished the day 3-under 69 to put her in second place overall in the tournament. The Wave as a whole stood just behind Oklahoma State and Arizona, both teams holding a one stroke advantage over the Wave for the No. 1 spot.