Volleyball Beats North Dakota State, 3-0
Sept. 2, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - Three players had double-digit kills and the Tulsa volleyball team hit .380 as a team on its way to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-18) win over North Dakota State in the Park Inn Hurricane Invitational Friday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Golden Hurricane (3-2) fought off a sluggish start and fed off a rowdy crowd to knock out the Bison (4-2) in three sets. Junior Tyler Henderson hit .452 with 17 kills, while sophomore Kellie Culbertson had a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs.
"We played really well. It was nice to be able to open our home (schedule) with a couple of good wins," Tulsa Head Coach Steven McRoberts said. "This morning with Texas-Arlington, I felt like we got better and better as the match went on. We had some good momentum and hit for a really high percentage. Then we came back and did the same thing tonight against a good North Dakota State team. I was really pleased with day one of the tournament. I know we have to come back and play a really good UC Davis team tomorrow. Hopefully we can use this momentum from tonight and get that win."
Tulsa hit .380 (49-11-100) with 49 kills, 42 assists, three service aces and 44 digs. NDSU hit .204 (35-15-98) with 35 kills, 32 assists, three aces, 36 digs and 6.0 blocks.
"I was a little worried at the beginning of the match with some of the plays that were happening in that first set. Then, all of a sudden, something clicked," Said McRoberts. "Our back row started picking up. Right now, when we're in system, our offense is almost unstoppable. We have a lot of hitters doing well at the net. We hit over .380 in both matches. To hit for those percentages against those two teams says a lot about how well we're passing the ball, how well Jordan (Clampitt) is distributing the ball, and of course how well our hitters are finishing the play for us."
The Hurricane hit under .100 at the outset of the first frame, but after calling a timeout to regroup, rebounded to hit .311 as a team for the stanza. Henderson had eight kills with no errors and hit .533, while Hancock added five and hit .364 in the initial set.
Tulsa continued its hot-hitting through the second set, pounding 44 percent of its attacks into the ground, while the defense held the Bison to just a .100 attack percentage. Culbertson paced TU with five digs, adding a pair of kills, while Henderson converted on 63 percent of her attempts for five kills.
The Golden Hurricane was its most efficient in the third set, hitting .433. Freshman middle blocker Carly Boatwright converted all three attacks into kills and Culbertson added five kills, hitting .625. Clampitt ran the high-efficiency offense to the tune of 13 assists, and added a kill of her own with three digs in the frame.
"At the beginning of the (NDSU) match, it 3-3 or 4-4, and didn't really have a good flow to it. All of a sudden, all of (the students) came in, and it re-energized us. It gave us a lot of energy and the players fed off that," McRoberts said of the rowdy student contingent at the nightcap. "I hope those guys come to every match, because it made a difference. We're in an 8,000-seat arena and with the crowd numbers, it's not like a basketball game. Those guys came in, and it sounded just as loud as a basketball game. They created a great atmosphere and a great noise for us. We take a lot of pride in playing at home and winning at home. I'm just glad to open up our home season with two good wins."
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