Tulsa Volleyball Ends Road Swing With High Note
GREELEY, Colo. -
The Tulsa volleyball squad ended its 11 game road swing with a four set victory (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 27-25) over Ball State on Saturday night at the Northern Colorado Classic. The victory came a few hours after the Golden Hurricane dropped a four set match to Creighton (19-25, 25-21, 27-29, 21-25) Saturday morning.
Tulsa (7-4) has won four of its past five tilts as it finished second at the Northern Colorado Classic. Tyler Henderson was named the tournament's MVP after she tallied 67 kills during the two-day tournament. Ashley Hooper made her first all-tournament team as the freshman middle blocker tallied 30 kills. The Hurricane return to Tulsa for the Golden Hurricane Classic this weekend at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa 3, Ball State 1
Tulsa ended its road trip with a four-set victory over Ball State (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 27-25) on Saturday night during the Northern Colorado Classic.
"I'm proud of Carly that she was able to do that in front of her family out here in Colorado," Head Coach Steven McRoberts commented. "I'm just glad for her to end the weekend on that note, and we needed every bit of it to get the win."
Junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded her eighth double-double of the season as she collected 11 kills and 16 digs.
"She has played steady," McRoberts stated. "I know she wants to up her level of play, and we will need her to do that with our tournament this weekend that features three top-25 teams."
Bailey Clampitt, after her career high 52 assists earlier in the day, added 49 assists in the night cap and 10 digs.
"She's another player that we are proud of," McRoberts said. "She stepped into a tough situation this weekend and led us to two wins. It was a good weekend with high level competition, and we fought through some adversity not having Jordan or Miri due to injury. People came in and stepped up and we are very happy to be leaving here with two wins against teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last year."
The first stanza saw six ties and one lead change as Tulsa won the frame 25-23. Boatwright had five kills on 10 attack attempts, while Henderson added four kills.
Tulsa won the second frame 25-19, as Henderson had five kills on seven attempts. Tulsa hit .194 while it held Ball State to a .125 attack clip.
The Golden Hurricane hit .065 as a squad in the third stanza, while Ball State hit .237 en route to a 25-21 set victory.
Henderson added six kills in the fourth set as Tulsa claimed the set 27-25. There were 17 ties and six lead changes in the frame, and the Hurricane held the Cardinals to a .083 attack percentage.
Tulsa returns home for the Golden Hurricane Classic, which marks the start of a six game home stand for the Hurricane. Tulsa will play Kansas State Thursday night at 7 p.m., Dayton Friday night at 7 p.m. and Minnesota Saturday at 2 p.m.
"The ladies are excited to be home to play on Thursday night," McRoberts commented. "We are going to be glad to be back in Tulsa for the home stand. It's been a tough stretch playing some high caliber teams away from home, but we know it won't be any easier as the Golden Hurricane Classic will be the toughest tournament of the bunch."
Creighton 3, Tulsa 1
In the first contest of the day, The Tulsa volleyball squad dropped a 3-1 decision to Creighton (19-25, 25-21, 27-29, 21-25) Saturday in the Northern Colorado Classic to end the Golden Hurricane's three-game winning streak.
The Hurricane was led by senior outside hitter Tyler Henderson, who tallied a game-high 25 kills. Junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson added 12 kills and 15 digs to collect her seventh double-double of the year. Sophomore setter Bailey Clampitt set a career high with 52 assists and recorded 11 digs to earn her first double-double in her Tulsa career. Senior libero Jessica Adams had 19 digs to lead TU, while senior outside hitter Diana Silva snared 16 digs and 8 kills.
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