The Huskies (14-10, 5-8 American) competed closely in each set, but were unable to finish off games against the Green Wave. Williams had a match-high 18 kills to go with 12 digs, while McGary had 14 kills and 14 digs.
Despite strong performances from individual players, the Huskies fell to 6-5 on the road this season. With 63 kills to Tulane’s 55, it is the 19th match this season that the Huskies have recorded more kills than their opponent.
In the fourth set, the Huskies trailed by as many as five points before cutting into the deficit. A kill by Cabel cut the Tulane lead to 20-19, before the Green Wave ended the match on a 5-1 run.
With the match tied 1-1, the Huskies had a key opportunity to take the third set when they led, 24-22, but the Green Wave mounted a 4-0 stretch to take the game – 26-24. Two attack errors by McGary ended the set.
By the end of the third game, both Williams (14 kills, 10 digs) and McGary (11 kills, 11 digs) had double-doubles. Friday night’s match was the first time since the USF game on Oct. 16 that the Huskies had two players with double-doubles.
The Green Wave jumped out to an 18-13 lead in the second set before the Huskies came on strong. With five kills from Williams in the game, UConn tied the score, 21-21. Tulane managed to escape with a 25-23 win after taking four of the final six points.
McGary added four kills in the second set, as UConn’s 10-7 stretch fell just short and the match was tied, 1-1.
A balanced offensive attack led the Huskies in a 25-21 first set win, as four different players recorded three kills for UConn. The team’s hitting percentage was .353, which helped the Huskies go on a 7-3 run after an 18-18 tie to take a 1-0 lead.
UConn looks to get back in the win column on Sunday when it plays Houston at 2 p.m. (ET).