TULANE 3, VALPARAISO 1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20)
New Orleans, LA – Tulane hit a robust .366 on the night and backed it up defensively with 13 blocks, taking control and taking down Valparaiso to earn a spot in the semifinals of the NIVC.
The Green Wave (28-8) will host College of Charleston in one semifinal, set for 8 p.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 8. This is the team’s first postseason appearance since 2009, and they are now 17-2 at home in 2018.
Tulane hit .609 and made just one error in cruising to a win in set three; set four was tied at 12-all before the home team cranked up the intensity and secured the win.
Erika Hansel had 17 kills with just two errors for the Green Wave. Dayna Kern added 12 kills, Taylor Henigsman had 33 assists and nine digs, and Kaylie McHugh closed with 17 digs.
The Crusaders (27-11) got 21 kills from Katherine Carlson, and Sydney Bronner added 10 kills. Brittany Anderson closed with 44 assists.