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HURRICANE WINS ITS FIRST MATCH OF THE SEASON

Culbertson and El Houssine records double-double in a win for TU
Culbertson and El Houssine records double-double in a win for TU
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Aug 31, 2013

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DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Tulsa volleyball team bounced back with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 29-27) win against Missouri State in the Frericks Center in the Dayton Invitational.

"We are happy to get our first win," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said. "I knew Missouri State would be a tough match and it was."

Junior transfer outside hitter Valerie El Houssine and senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded double-doubles in the second consecutive match.

El Houssine and Culbertson had a match-high 12 kills each. El Houssine added a match-high 18 digs, while Culbertson added 10 digs.

El Houssine has mounted 27 kills (3.86 kills per set) and 39 digs (5.57 digs per set) in her first two matches with Tulsa. The Eghezee, Belgium native led the team with 15 kills and a match-high 21 digs Friday against the host No. 22 Dayton, where the Flyers defeated TU 3-1 on Friday.

Culbertson's double-double was her 35th of her career. The Long Beach, Calif., native had 11 kills and 14 digs against UD on Friday.

Junior setter Bailey Clampitt led the Golden Hurricane with 23 assists, while freshman setter Genesis Viera added 17 assists. Freshman Brooke Berryhill added 10 digs.

Senior middle blocker Miriele Gobbo led the team with a .400 hitting percentage with seven kills, one error and 15 attacks. Sophomore middle blocker Nicole Newton was second on the team with a .364 hitting percentage with five kills, one error and 11 attacks.

"Val and Kellie both had big matches for us," McRoberts said. "Miri and Nicole were solid in the middle. Both hit a high percentage and had some big blocks. Genesis and Bailey ran a good tempo offense as well."

Leading the Bears was Olivia Brand with 10 kills, Carly Thomas with 37 assists and Ashley Mason with 17 digs. Christine McCartney added 15 digs.

In the first set, the Golden Hurricane (1-1) found themselves down 23-17, but cut the Bears (1-1) lead down to one with five unanswered points. With MSU up 25-24, TU scored the last three points of the set to win the set.

With TU up 15-14 in the second stanza, the Golden Hurricane extended its lead by scoring seven unanswered points. MSU cut the Hurricane lead down to five, after scoring three answered points, but Tulsa ended the set with a win by scoring the final point.

In the final set, TU got off to a hot start outscoring MSU 5-1. But Missouri State would mount a comeback and tie the score at 27, before Tulsa scores the final two points to win the match.

"We had a big comeback in set one and we carried that momentum into set two," McRoberts said. "We had a couple of chances to win set three in regulation and then Missouri State had a couple of chances to win in the extra points, but we fought hard and stayed composed late to get the win."

TU finishes the Dayton Invitational with a match against Northeastern at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Golden Hurricane begins the 2013 home campaign on Tuesday against cross-town rival Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. in Donald W. Reynolds Center.

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