Green Wave volleyball falls to pressure against Wichita State Shockers

With Hurricane Nate rolling in to make landfall within the coming days, Tulane volleyball lost 3-0 (23-25, 16-25, 16-25) to No. 24 Wichita State on Friday night at the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.

Tulane raced out to a 17-10 lead in the first set. Wichita State responded with an 8-0 run to take the advantage 18-17 before going on to win the first set.

Wichita State ramped up the pressure on Tulane in the second set. The Shockers recorded a .520 attacking percentage in the second set and needed only 25 attacks to dispose of the Green Wave.

After the break, Tulane put together a 5-0 run early to make the score 5-2. The Shockers would later go on their own 5-0 run and take the lead 11-9 before taking the final set. The Shockers held Tulane to a .079 attacking percentage while posting a .333 attacking percentage in the third set.

Tulane made 22 errors in the match, nearly twice as many as Wichita State’s 12 errors. The Shockers also produced more assists and digs, 46 and 43, respectively, than Tulane, which had only 38 assists and 37 digs.

Freshman right side hitter Kristen Thompson led the Green Wave with 10 kills, followed by freshman middle hitter Markenzie Benoit with eight kills. Benoit also led the Green Wave with five blocks while senior setter Justine Bowers had 31 assists and sophomore libero Kaylie McHugh had nine digs.

Following the cancellation of Sunday’s game against Memphis, Tulane volleyball will play next against East Carolina at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, North Carolina.

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