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Volleyball Beats Northwestern State, 3-0

Freshman Tyler Henderson recorded 10 kills to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 3-0 win over Northwestern State Friday afternoon.
Freshman Tyler Henderson recorded 10 kills to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 3-0 win over Northwestern State Friday afternoon.
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Sept. 4, 2009

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TULSA, Okla. - Freshman outside hitter Tyler Henderson slammed 10 kills and freshman libero Jessica Adams dug out 18 attacks to lead The University of Tulsa volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over Northwestern State in the ORU Classic Friday afternoon at the ORU Aerobic Center.

The Golden Hurricane, which improved to 5-0 on the season, concludes the tournament at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against UALR. Live stats are available on www.TulsaHurricane.com.

As a team, Tulsa hit .282 (32 kills-10 errors-78 attempts) and tallied 28 assists, 38 digs and four blocks. Northwestern State (0-2) meanwhile hit .020 for the match (27-25-102) and recorded 24 assists, 32 digs and one block.

Henderson hit a .421 attack percentage (10-2-19), and senior outside hitter Jennifer Eichler recorded nine kills and hit .333 (9-1-24). Adams' 18 digs match a career high for her, and setters Rachel Vukson and Jordan Clampitt contributed 15 and 12 kills, respectively.

Tulsa came out sluggish, and trailed 12-10 in the first set, but found its stride and used an 11-3 run to take a 21-15 lead. The Hurricane then outscored the Demons 4-3 at the end to win the first set, 25-18.

"I think first of all, we weren't mentally prepared to play this match," Tulsa Head Coach Ed Allen said. "We had a lot of unforced errors, and when we evaluate all aspects of our play - serving, defense, offense, serve-receive, individual skills, our ability to read and communicate - we felt like it was less than our best effort. We've got something to learn from this. No question, it's still good to get a win and be able to win fairly convincingly given the fact that you really feel like you just didn't play well in any phase of play."

The second set began close as well, but with the score 7-6, TU, the Golden Hurricane ran off 10 of the next 13 points to take a 17-9 lead. During that run, the Hurricane scored five points in a row behind the serves of freshman Shelbi Pitcher, and included a kill and a block by junior Julia Kenealy and two kills by Eichler. From there, TU cruised to a 25-14 set win.

Tulsa started hot in the third set, with a 4-0 lead and extended that to 6-1. Northwestern State came back and closed to within three at 9-6, but the Golden Hurricane pulled away again and took a 15-9 lead. TU was able to hold its lead at four or five points for the rest of the set and won 25-17.

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