Volleyball team earns fourth seed in AAC Championship

Abe Seldowitz, Staff Reporter

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The Green Wave women’s volleyball team closed out its home schedule in a four-set win versus the Temple Owls. On Sunday, Nov. 10, they took to the court in a dominant fashion, winning by scores of 25-16, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-23

On the match, Tulane had 49 kills on 45 assists with eight blocks. The team will have a chance to take first place in the division along with a first-round bye week next week in the American Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship. 

On Nov. 15 the team headed to Dallas to take on the SMU Mustangs. Against SMU, the Green Wave was down 2-0 but was able to come back in a five-set victory 20-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-17 and 15-11 on Friday night in Moody Coliseum. Tulane was able to hold SMU to just a .142 hit rate with 14 blocks by the Green Wave and 83 digs.

The team dropped its regular season finale on Nov. 17 at Memphis in three sets: 25-17, 25-23 and 25-23. Tulane ends the regular season at 20-9, and 10-6 in the American Athletic Conference. While Tulane hit .112 with 29 kills and 29 assists, Memphis nearly doubled the Green Wave’s hit rate, hitting at a .260 clip with 42 kills and seven service aces. 

Senior Kaylie McHugh was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll. This is the eighth time a Green Wave player has been recognized by the league and the third time for McHugh alone. In fact, going back to Sept. 9, she was named the conference’s defensive player of the week. 

Tulane is the fifth seed going into this weekend’s inaugural AAC Volleyball Championship which will see the Green Wave take on the Houston Cougars, a No. 4 seed. The winner of the contest will face the regular-season champion and top-seeded Cincinnati in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 23.