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Giordano, Heise Set Career Records In 3-2 Win Against Tulane
Hegarty finished with a triple-double
DALLAS (SMU) – Janelle Giordano became the all-time blocks leader at SMU, recording a season-high 11 in a 3-2 (25-18, 28-26, 22-25, 22-25, 16-14) win against Tulane Sunday in Moody Coliseum. The senior middle blocker also scored a season-high 19 kills in the win as the SMU volleyball team improved to 18-6, 11-1 in the American Athletic Conference.
Morgan Heise became the all-time digs leader, tallying 28 against the Green Wave. The senior, who has been named conference Libero of the Year twice, has 2,220 career digs. SMU posted a season-high 101 digs as a team, with freshman setter Kendall Patterson recording a season-high 26 digs and 49 assists for her ninth double-double of the year.
Katie Hegarty posted the first triple-double in program history with a match-high 22 kills, career-high 10 blocks and 12 digs. Kristen Stehling, Lauren Mills and Brattany Adams each scored six kills. Stehling also scored on five blocks. SMU finished with a season-high 16 blocks as a team, and the defense held Tulane to a .189 attack percentage.
SMU scored three unanswered points at the end of the fifth set for a 16-14 win, ending the match to hold onto a one-match lead in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs took a two-point lead early in the set, 4-2, and the two teams traded points on the next 14 serves before Tulane (14-10, 6-6 The American) rallied for three straight points to take a 12-11 lead. The Green Wave were first to 14, but SMU kept them from scoring the winning point, setting up the late heroics. Giordano and Hegarty teamed up for a block on match point for SMU.
The Green Wave forced a fifth set with a 25-22 win in the fourth set. Nearly identical to the third set, SMU trailed by three before tying the score, 20-20. Tulane scored the next three points, but the Mustangs cut the lead to one with back-to-back kills. The Green Wave ended the run by the home team, scoring the next two points to end the set.
Tulane held on despite the late charge from SMU at the end of the third set, winning 25-22 to avoid being swept. The Mustangs trailed by three, 20-17, but scored three straight to knot it at 20-20. It appeared Giordano gave SMU a one-point lead with a block, but she was called for a net violation, giving the Green Wave the advantage. Hegarty scored tied the score again with a kill on the next serve, her sixth of the set, but Tulane scored four of the next five points to win the set.
Giordano posted four blocks and scored five kills in the first set to lead SMU to a 25-18 win, giving the Mustangs the early advantage in the match. It was a one-point lead for the Mustangs, 7-6, before a 5-1 run made it a 12-7 lead, forcing Tulane into its first timeout. SMU pushed the lead to seven, 19-12, and kept the margin at seven at the end, with Giordano and Hegarty teaming up for a block for the third time to end the set.
In the second set, SMU rallied to erase a three-point deficit late, and completed the comeback with a kill from Giordano and a block by Adams and Stehling to win 28-26, taking a 2-0 lead in the match. The Mustangs trailed from the start, and didn't gain their first lead until 22-21. SMU scored five of its 16 kills on the last nine serves, out-scoring Tulane 6-3 during the stretch to win the set.
The Mustangs play at second-place Cincinnati Friday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. SMU has a one-match lead on the Bearcats, and won 3-2 in Moody Coliseum on the first weekend of conference competition. SMU wraps up the road trip at East Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.
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