Bohannon named Offensive MVP at the Baylor Classic
Sep 7, 2013
WACO, Texas - The University of Tulsa volleyball team won the Baylor Classic winning both matches on Saturday as Erica Bohannon was named the offensive MVP of the tournament.
TU defeated Mississippi State, 3-2 (25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 18-25, 15-12), to capture its second win of the tournament after it defeated Baylor 3-0 Friday night.
The Golden Hurricane closed out the tournament with a 3-0 (25-21, 29-27, 25-19) sweep against Texas Arlington to go 3-0 in the Baylor Classic.
"Really good weekend for us," TU head coach McRoberts said. "We grew as a team and fought through some adversity. The five set match vs. Mississippi State took a lot out of us, so I was glad to counce back and win in three sets agaisnt UTA."
The Hurricane (6-1) has a six-match winning streak since its loss to No. 22 Dayton on the road in the season opener.
The freshman outside hitter Bohannon recorded 12 kills and a .526 hitting percentage against host Baylor on Friday night and then recorded 17 kills and a .467 hitting percentage against Mississippi State and 16 kills and a .419 hitting percentage against Texas Arlington.
Culbertson had 27 kills, 41 digs and six service aces during the tournament. The Long Beach, Calif., native had a double-double against Mississippi State with 13 kills and 17 digs. Culbertson added seven kills and 12 digs against Baylor and Texas Arlington in each match.
Bailey recorded two double-doubles during the tournament. The Plano, Texas native had 34 assists and 11 digs against MSU and 22 assists and 11 digs against UTA. Bailey added 23 assists against Baylor.
Freshman setter Genesis Viera added a double-double against MSU with 23 assists and 14 digs.
"Erica Bohannon had a huge offensive weekend for us," McRoberts said. "Kellie Culbertson did it all as usual and Bailey Clampitt set a great weekend. It was nice to have Nicole Newtonback in the line up and she had a solid weekend for us."
Junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssine recorded a match-high 23 digs, her third match with at least 20 digs this season against MSU, while freshman libero Brooke Berryhill, a Waco, Texas native, added 16 digs.
El Houssine added 15 digs against UTA, while Berryhill had a team-high 16 digs and Culbertson recorded 12 digs.
Tulsa 3, Mississippi State 2
With the first set tied at 19, the Hurricane scored six of the next seven points to win the set by five points.
The Golden Hurricane also won the second set to take a 2-0 lead. TU was up by a point, 12-11 and outscored the Bulldogs 13-6 to win the set by eight points.
But the Bulldogs would bounce back. MSU took the second and third set to tie the match at two. In the final set, the score was tied at 12 before TU scored the final three points in the match to win it.
MSU was led by Kimmy Gardiner with 19 kills and 13 digs, Suzanne Horner with 46 assists and 11 digs and Taylor Scott and Roxanne McVey had 22 digs. Scott added 15 kills to complete a double-double, while Brooke Sassin had 11 kills. Gabby Litwin added 10 digs.
Tulsa 3, Texas Arlington 0
In the first set, TU was up by a point, 21-20 and scored four of the next five points to win the set.
UTA led in the second set by three points, 21-18. TU scored two unanswered points to pull with in one. The rest of the set went back-and-forth and TU won the set by scoring the final two points.
The third set was tied at 16 and TU outscored the Mavericks 9-3 to win the match.
The Mavericks were led by Shelby Dickson with 11 kills and 13 digs, Cassidy Wheeler with 14 assists and Caitlyn Cooney with a match-high 27 digs. Amanda Welsh added 12 assists, while Megan Casey had 15 digs.
Tulsa continues on the road with a midweek match against Kansas State at Manhattan, Kan., on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
TU returns home and hosts the Golden Hurricane Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Golden Hurricane starts off with Arkansas on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
"We have a tough stretch coming up, but I'm glad four of the next five matches are at home," McRoberts said.
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