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Tulsa Takes 3-2 Thriller at Oral Roberts

Diana Silva was one of three Tulsa players to tally a double-double against ORU on Tuesday
Diana Silva was one of three Tulsa players to tally a double-double against ORU on Tuesday
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TULSA, Okla. - Tyler Henderson slammed 28 kills, and Jordan Clampitt, Kellie Culbertson, and Diana Silva recorded double-doubles to lead the Tulsa volleyball team to a five-set (23-25, 25-16, 25-13, 22-25, 15-13) win at Oral Roberts Tuesday evening at the Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center.

The Golden Hurricane (5-3) won its fifth straight over the cross-town rival Golden Eagles (4-4). Culbertson put out a line of 12 kills, 17 digs and five service aces. Clampitt set 51 assists with 13 digs, while Silva tallied 14 kills and 17 digs for TU.

Jessica Adams recorded 13 digs. Henderson hit .352 in the match and added four blocks, while Miriele Gobbo tallied six blocks and hit .364 with six kills for the Hurricane. TU hit .238 with 67 kills and 74 digs, while Oral Roberts hit .152 with 52 kills and 77 digs. TU tallied 9.0 blocks, while ORU had 16.0 blocks in the match.

"Well, it was an exciting match," commented Head Coach Steven McRoberts. "I'm very proud of the girls for coming back from being down 8-5 in the fifth set. We played well in the second and third set. We struggled in the first and fourth set, but we came back in the fifth set and had 11 kills and no errors. We needed every bit of it, as ORU had 11 kills and one error."

Tulsa scored the first three points of the set, but Oral Roberts came back to take a 13-9 lead. Trailing, 21-16, and pulled into a tie at 22-22. The Golden Eagles scored three of the final four points to take the opening frame, 25-23. Henderson tallied seven kills in the set and TU hit .157, while ORU hit .243 in the frame.

The Golden Hurricane built a 15-7 lead in the second stanza behind the service of eight straight points by Adams. The Hurricane cruised to a 25-16 win to knot the match at one set apiece. Henderson was a perfect 5-for-5 kills in the set, as TU hit .367 as a team, and Clampitt set 13 assists in the frame. TU held ORU to .032 hitting in set two.

The Hurricane stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the third set, and surged to a 22-11 advantage after Culbertson served seven consecutive TU points. Henderson tallied seven kills and hit .417 to lead Tulsa to a .370 attack percentage in the 25-13 win.

The fourth set featured seven ties and three lead changes, as Oral Roberts took a tight 25-22 win to force the deciding set. TU hit .065 and ORU hit .111 in the fourth frame. Culbertson tallied eight of her 17 digs in the fourth stanza

The final set saw ORU grab a 8-5 lead as the teams changed sides. After a Tulsa timeout, the Hurricane rattled off four consecutive points to gain a 9-8 lead. ORU tied the match up at nine apiece before Tulsa went on a three-point thanks to two Culbertson aces to give TU a 13-10 lead they would never relinquish. Tulsa took home the final set 15-13 thanks to five kills by Henderson and three by Ashley Hooper.

"I'm just proud of the girls," McRoberts said. "I think we showed a lot of mental toughness and I think we will build on this for the season."

The Golden Hurricane is back in action at the Northern Colorado Classic Friday and Saturday. The Hurricane takes on the host Northern Colorado at 8 p.m. Friday, then plays Saturday against Creighton at 11 a.m. and Ball State at 6 p.m.

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