Volleyball Drops Two at Florida State invitational
Aug. 27, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior outside hitter Tyler Henderson totaled 35 kills and junior libero Jessica Adams totaled 49 digs in two matches as the 23rd-ranked Tulsa volleyball team fell to Kentucky, 3-2, and Florida State, 3-1, Saturday at the FSU Invitational at Tully Gymnasium.
Adams joined the 30-dig club with a career-high 31 digs against Florida State. Henderson tallied 18 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Kellie Culbertson picked up a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs for the Golden Hurricane (1-2). The Seminoles won the match, 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 16-25, 19-25).
"Overall, our offense was pretty balanced. In different sets we had different players step up. We had different player step up all weekend, and now we just need to put it all together," Tulsa Head Coach Steven McRoberts said. "The story of the day was we gave up too many four- to six-point runs. We need to do a better job of making adjustments and not allowing teams to make big runs on us."
Tulsa hit .194 (51-21-155) with 51 kills, 47 assists, 77 digs and 3.0 blocks. Florida State, whose front row consisted of players all 6-foot one-inch or taller, hit .304 (56-11-148) with 56 kills, 51 assists, 74 digs and 12.0 blocks.
"I was proud of our players (vs. Kentucky). They showed heart and fought back and were right there at the end," said McRoberts.
Kentucky 3, Tulsa 2
In the first match of the day, four players hit double-digit kills and three players hit double-digit digs, including two double-doubles for the Hurricane against Kentucky. Junior outside hitter Diana Silva had 15 kills and 18 digs, and senior outside hitter Kelsey Hancock had 11 kills and 12 digs for TU.
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The Golden Hurricane opens at home next weekend, Sept. 2-3, with the Park Inn Hurricane Invitational at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. TU will play UT Arlington at 12:30 p.m. and North Dakota State at 7 p.m. on Friday, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff and UC Davis on Saturday at noon and 6 p.m., respectively.
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