EL HOUSSINE AND CULBERTSON NAMED TO THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Aug 31, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Tulsa volleyball team won both matches Saturday at the Frericks Center at the Dayton Invitational as Kellie Culbertson and Valerie El Houssine were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Tulsa (2-1) swept Missouri State on Saturday morning 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 29-27) and then defeated Northeastern Saturday afternoon 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 14-25, 15-9).
"It was a great tournament for us," TU head coach Steven McRobertssaid. "We fought through a lot of adversity all weekend.
"We are happy to be 2-1. We could have easily been 3-0 or 0-3. Every match was that close."
Culbertson had 37 kills, a 3.08 kills per set, 43 dgis, a 3.58 digs per set and eight service aces, a 0.67 service aces per set. The senior outside hitter also had three double-doubles.
The Long Beach, Calif., native recorded her 36th career double-double with 14 kills and 19 digs and notched a double-double against MSU with 12 kills and 10 digs.
El Houssine also had 37 kills, a 3.08 kills per set and 48 digs, a 4.00 digs per set. The junior outside hitter recorded two double-doubles.
The Eghezee, Belgium native just missed a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs against Northeastern, but had a double-double against MSU with 12 kills and 18 digs.
Junior setter Bailey Clampitt had her first double-double of the season with 27 assists and 17 digs, while freshman setter Genesis Vierahad her first career double-double with 20 assists and 15 digs. Clampitt led the team with 23 assists against MSU and Viera had 17 assists.
Senior middle blocker Miriele Gobboled the team with a .400 hitting percentage (7-1-15) against MSU and had a .385 hitting percentage (6-1-13) against NU.
Junior middle blocker Carly Boatwright led the team with a .409 hitting percentage (11-2-22) against NU and was second on the team with 11 kills. Sophomore middle blocker Ashley Hooperhad a .400 hitting percentage (8-2-15) against the Huskies.
Sophomore Nicole Newtonhad a .364 hitting percentage (5-1-11) against MSU.
Freshman libero Brooke Berryhillrecorded double-digit dig performances in both matches Saturday. The Waco, Texas native had 17 digs against NU and 10 digs against MSU.
Tulsa 3, Northeastern 2
With the score tied at 16 in the first set, TU outscored NU 9-2 during the rest of the set to win it, including six unanswered points.
In the second set, the score was tied at 18. The Huskies outscored the Golden Hurricane 7-4 during the rest of the set to even the match at one.
With the score tied at 13 in the third set, the Hurricane closed out the set on a 12-5 run to win it.
The fourth set started out close with the score tied at six. But the Huskies took the lead with five unanswered points and never looked back to take the set and force the final and fifth set.
In the final set, TU started off hot winning the first seven points. NU made a comeback to within five, 14-9, but the Golden Hurricane got the final point to win the match.
Tulsa 3, Missouri State 0
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 in the extra points, but we fought hard and stayed composed late to get the win."
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.
"We need everyone to come out Tuesday to show your support in our home opener against ORU," McRoberts said.
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