Women’s Beach Volleyball defeats two in “Surf N’ Turf” Tournament


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Tulane coach Wayne Holly led his team to two victories in the Surf ‘N’ Turf tournament. The team will quickly return to action with the upcoming Green Wave Invitational.

As spring break quickly came to a close, Tulane beach volleyball was just getting warmed up on the sands of South Florida. This past weekend, the team traveled to Miami to take part in the Surf N Turf Invitational hosted by Florida International University. The Green Wave played a total of five games in this tournament, winning two.

The Wave began the weekend with a matchup against No. 9 Georgia State University. Tulane started off well, but ultimately dropped this first match against a highly-ranked opponent by a score of 4-1.

In its second and final match of the first day of competition, the Green Wave pulled off an impressive 3-2 victory over No. 18 Florida Atlantic University. FAU started strong with a 2-0 lead, but it ultimately began to falter in later sets. Tulane only clinched the win in the final set, snatching victory away from the Owls.

The second day of competition did not begin well for the Wave. Tulane was completely swept by No.7 Florida State University. The Seminoles were simply too much for the Green Wave to handle.

This obviously did not sit well with the team, as it rebounded with a 3-2 win over No. 12 Florida International. Both teams fought long and hard for this win, but the Wave prevailed in the final match under junior Anna Chin and freshman Lauren Orlich. The pair won two out of their three sets, providing Tulane with a well-deserved win.

In the final match of the tournament, the Green Wave faced up against unranked Texas Christian University. This was Tulane’s first match with an unranked opponent in the tournament. The Wave was able to take the first point of the matchup, but seemingly hit a brick wall, dropping the final four and thus the overall game.

Tulane will return to tournament play this coming weekend as it hosts the Green Wave Invitational. The first tournament will begin with a match against Houston Baptist University on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

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