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Tulsa Golden Hurricane Sports Weekly Review

Jessica Adams is the all time digs leader at TU with 1,757.
Jessica Adams is the all time digs leader at TU with 1,757.

Student-Athlete of the Week

Week of August 27-September 3

Senior Jessica Adams (Women’s Volleyball) has maintained a 3.172 grade-point average in accounting. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native earned her 11th Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honor last week as Adams averaged 5.54 digs per set during a four-match span.  Adams collected more than 20 digs in each of the final two matches of the weekend, including a sweep of Nebraska Omaha on Saturday. Her 23 digs against the Mavericks were the most in the conference during a three-set match this season. Adams leads the conference with 5.42 digs per set, and her passing has propelled the Golden Hurricane to a second-place ranking in attack percentage with a clip of .225. Additionally, Adams was named to the Kansas Invitational All-Tournament squad, which is the second time she has earned a spot on an all-tournament team this year. 

Last Week’s Results


Competed At Hurricane Festival (Both the men’s and women’s cross country squads kicked off their seasons at Mohawk Park on Saturday. For the women, junior Josie Wilcox finished second in the two-mile race, running 11:07, and was followed by TU senior Jaclyn Rollins, who finished third in 11:16. Oklahoma's Jessica Engel won the women's individual title with a time of 10:57. The Tulsa women finished 4-1 in the team competition, finishing ahead of Oklahoma (24-35), Northwestern State (15-49), Missouri State (21-37) and John Brown (15-50). Oklahoma State claimed a narrow 25-31 victory over TU. The Hurricane men finished 3-1 in the team standings, besting Oklahoma (15-40), Northwestern State (15-40), and John Brown (15-40). Oklahoma State took a 15-40 decision over TU. Leading the way for the men was junior James Keilbarth, who finished the four-mile race in eighth-place in 20:55, while junior Emmett Cookson claimed ninth in 20:58.) 

FOOTBALL (0-1, 0-0 C-USA)

Lost to Iowa State 38-23 (After Tulsa jumped out to a 16-7 lead, Iowa State came back and held off a Golden Hurricane comeback in the fourth quarter to win 38-23. Tulsa's Cody Green completed 23-of-49 passes for 198 yards and threw two touchdowns. Trey Watts surpassed 100 rushing yards for the third time in his career and ended the day with 125 yards and a new career long of 77, while Ja'Terian Douglas collected 11 rushes for 55 yards and a score. Bryan Burnham caught nine passes for 90 yards, while Thomas Roberson had four catches for 35 yards and a score. Tulsa had three defenders with double-digit tackles including DeAundre Brown and Marco Nelson with 13 and Dexter McCoil with 10.)

MEN’S SOCCER (2-1, 0-0 C-USA)

Defeated #3 New Mexico 2-1 (OT) (Tulsa freshman Bryce Follensbee scored the game-winner as the men's soccer team upset third-ranked New Mexico in overtime . Follensbee's goal came at the 91:42 mark as he punched in the game-winner from the left side and Tony Rocha picked up the assist. This was Follensbee's third goal of the season, as he leads the Golden Hurricane with six points. In the first half, Akeil Barrett nailed a penalty kick after UNM's Travis Campbell was issued a red card for a handball in the box. Follensbee was also named the Conference USA Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness Men’s Soccer C-USA Player of the Week.)

Fell To #4 South Florida 2-1  (Abe Matamoros netted a goal for Tulsa, but it wasn't enough as the Golden Hurricane dropped a 2-1 decision to fourth-ranked South Florida. South Florida had a 14-9 lead in shots, including a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal. USF also had a 9-5 lead in corner kicks. Bradley Bourgeois had a team-best two shots, while seven others had a shot in the contest. Mark Pais logged all 90 minutes in goal and picked up seven saves.)


Defeated Missouri State 2-1 (2OT) (Claire Nicholson netted the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute to give Tulsa a 2-1 win over Missouri State in double overtime. Stephanie Aitken also scored in the match as she tallied her third goal of the season with just 6:10 off the clock thanks to a Jordan O’Brien assist. The Hurricane dominated most of the game, taking a 32-5 advantage in shots, including an 11-4 lead in shots on goal, and TU had an 8-3 lead in corner kicks. 

Defeated Northwestern State 5-1 (Tulsa dominated Northwestern State, 5-1, to claim the Holiday Inn Tulsa-City Center Tulsa Invitational Championship. Tulsa led 4-0 at the break thanks to goals from Rebecca Handley, Lindsay Kirch, Lauren King and Stephanie Aitken. Emily Hahn headed in her first goal of the campaign in the 61st minute to round out the scoring for TU. TU dominated for the majority of the contest, taking a 32-5 lead in shots, including a 21-4 advantage in shots on goal, and a 9-2 lead in corner kicks. Aitken, who scored two goals on the weekend, was named the College Sports Madness Women’s Soccer C-USA Player of the Week.) 


Fell To Arkansas 3-0 (22-25, 22-25, 19-25) (Tulsa dropped a 3-0 decision to the University of Arkansas at Barnhill Arena in Fayettevile, Ark. TU was paced on the night by Tyler Henderson, who tallied 13 kills and an attack percentage of .273. Kellie Culbertson added 10 kills and five digs, while Diana Silva had 18 digs and 8 kills.) 

Swept Arkansas State 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 27-25) (Tulsa used a balanced attack, led by senior Diana Silva's 15 kills and 12 digs to defeat Arkansas State in straight sets to open the Kansas Invitational. TU got big production out of its middle blockers as junior Miriele Gobbo tallied nine kills and hit .400 with 3.0 blocks, and freshman Ashley Hooper hit .500 with eight kills. Senior outside hitter Tyler Henderson recorded nine kills and junior outside hitter Culbertson put up eight kills and eight digs for TU.)

Lost To Kansas 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 25-19) (The Golden Hurricane fell to the host Jayhawks 3-1 in TU’s second match of the Kansas Invitational.  Senior Tyler Henderson tallied 18 kills in 43 attempts and accumulated an attack percentage of .302. Fellow senior Jordan Clampitt collected 33 assists, while senior Jessica Adams totaled 22 digs. Junior Kellie Culbertson fell shy of a double-double as the junior had 16 digs and nine kills.”

Swept Arkansas State 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-23) (Led by senior Tyler Henderson's 22 kills, the Tulsa volleyball squad swept Nebraska Omaha 25-18, 25-15, 25-23 to finish 2-1 at the Kansas Invitational on Saturday. The Golden Hurricane (4-3) as a squad hit .280 (51-16-125) while holding the Mavericks to a .160 clip (31-14-106) Henderson also hit .514 during the match.)

Upcoming Schedule

Sept. 4 (Tues.)      Volleyball           at Oral Roberts                                                             7 p.m.           


Sept. 7 (Fri.)         W. Soccer           vs. Florida Gulf Coast (Kansas City, Mo.)                            5 p.m.

                          Volleyball           at Northern Colorado                                                       8 p.m.

                          M. Soccer           at UCLA                                                                       9:30 p.m.


Sept. 8 (Sat)         Football              Tulane* (FSN                                                                                     11 a.m.

                          Volleyball           vs. Creighton (Greeley, Colo.)                                           11 a.m.           

                          Volleyball           vs. Ball State (Greeley, Colo.)                                           6 p.m.


Sept. 9 (Sun.)       W. Soccer           at UMKC                                                                        2 p.m.

                         M. Soccer           at Loyola Marymount                                                         4 p.m.


* = Conference USA event


Tulsa Student-Athlete of the Week Winners

August 20 – Katie Bykowski (Women’s Soccer)

August 27 – Claire Nicholson (Women’s Soccer)

September 4 – Jessica Adams (Women’s Volleyball)