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Tulane Wins Allstate Sugar Bowl Volleyball Classic
Monday, September 14, 2009
NEW ORLEANS (Sept. 14) - The Tulane University women's volleyball team captured its third straight title in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic this weekend. Despite losing to Long Beach State in its final match on Saturday, the Green Wave earned the title through a tiebreaker process: Tulane, LSU and Long Beach all posted identical 2-1 records, but the Green Wave won the tourney title via their eight set victories compared to the Tigers' and 49ers' seven apiece.
Tulane's home loss was the first at home for the Greenies since dropping a 3-0 decision to Marquette on Nov. 21, 2004. In Sunday's match, Tulane (3-3) won the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-21, but Long Beach State (5-3) rallied back to win the match with 25-21, 25-19 and 15-11 decisions the rest of the way.
"Our defense and passing were steady in the first two sets, but Long Beach settled down and were more steady down the stretch," first-year head coach Sinisa Momic said. "Our passing and defense in the final three sets affected our setting and our offense. They were steady and we were not. That was the difference."
Tulane sophomore outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic was named Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging 4.62 kills and 3.54 digs per set during the tournament to go along with four service aces and six block assists. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by senior setter Rachel Lindelow as well as LSU's Brittnee Cooper and Marina Skender, and Long Beach State's Naomi Washington and Caitlin Ledoux.
2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic ResultsSept. 10: Tulane def. UNO, 3-1
Sept. 11: Long Beach State def. UNO, 3-2
Sept. 11: Tulane def. LSU, 3-1
Sept. 12: LSU def . Long Beach State, 3-1
Sept. 12: LSU def. UNO, 3-0
Sept. 12: Long Beach State def. Tulane, 3-2