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Tulsa Opens Season With 3-0 Victory over Western Michigan

Senior Tyler Henderson had an attack percentage of .571, while Tulsa as a team hit .312
Senior Tyler Henderson had an attack percentage of .571, while Tulsa as a team hit .312
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Aug. 24, 2012

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NORMAN, Okla. -

Senior Tyler Henderson tallied 28 kills to propel The University of Tulsa volleyball squad to a sweep of Western Michigan 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 at the Nike Invitational on Friday night.

The Golden Hurricane (1-0) claimed its fifth-straight season opening victory in the first matchup between the two squads at McCasland Field House on the campus of The University of Oklahoma.

"Western Michigan is going to win a lot of matches," commented Head Coach Steven McRoberts. "They were picked to win the MAC (Mid-American Conference) and they were very scrappy. We had some different players step up tonight, which was good to see. We still have some things to work on, but overall it was a good match."

On the match, Henderson had an attack percentage of .571 to pace the Hurricane.

"Tyler getting nine kills a set is not too shabby, especially considering she hit over .500," McRoberts said. "It's not like we expect her to do that every night, but there are not many players in the nation that can do that on a single night. We know Tyler wants to finish her senior year strong, and she has gotten it off to a good start."

Junior Kellie Culbertson, who collected 14 double-doubles last year, had 14 digs and 10 kills on the night. Senior Diana Silva came close to a double-double with 15 digs and 9 kills, while fellow senior Jessica Adams paced the squad with 17 digs. In her Blue and Gold debut, freshmen Maura McGivern collected 7 kills and had a .400 attack clip.

As a squad, Tulsa had an attack percentage of .312 with 59 kills on 138 attempts, while Western Michigan hit .174 with 33 kills on 115 attempts. TU also had 62 digs compared to WMU's 52, and had 54 assists compared to Western Michigan's 33.

In the first stanza, Henderson had nine kills and had an attack percentage of .750, while Adams added nine digs as TU took the set 25-21. The score was tied eight times and the lead changed twice in the frame.

The Hurricane never trailed in the second set as they took it home 25-19. TU had an attack percentage of .341 in comparison to WMU's .111.

In the third set, TU took a 10-6 lead, but the Broncos came back to knot things up at 16 apiece. After Western Michigan took a 19-18 lead in the set, Henderson scored two of the next three TU points to propel the Hurricane to a 21-19 lead they would never relinquish en route to a 25-21 victory. Tulsa had an attack percentage of .340 in the third frame and a side out percentage of .682.

The Hurricane will face off against Missouri State in a 10 a.m. tilt tomorrow, and will go up against in-state rival Oklahoma at 7 p.m. to conclude the Nike Invitational.

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-TulsaHurricane.com-