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Tulsa Drops 3-0 Decision To No. 19 Kansas State

Tyler Henderson collected her second double-double of the season against Kansas State on Thursday
Tyler Henderson collected her second double-double of the season against Kansas State on Thursday
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TULSA, Okla. - Senior outside hitter Tyler Henderson recorded a career high 19 digs and slammed 18 kills, but it wasn't enough as Tulsa dropped a 3-0 (19-25, 22-25, 18-25) decision to No. 19 ranked Kansas State on Thursday night in the first game of the Golden Hurricane Classic.

The Golden Hurricane (7-5) will face No. 20 Dayton tomorrow in a 7 p.m. matchup at the Reynolds Center, while Kansas State (10-0) will face No. 10 Minnesota in a 4:30 p.m. affair. Dayton and Minnesota kick off the second day of competition at the Golden Hurricane Classic with a 10 a.m. tilt.

Henderson tallied her 18 kills on 42 attempts for a .262 attack clip. Her 19 digs were eight more than her previous career high of 11 set against Lamar two years ago, and she earned her second double-double of the season.

"Tyler had a great match tonight for us," Head Coach Steven McRoberts stated. "We are going to have to regroup as we have two tough matches ahead of us this weekend."

Junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded her sixth straight double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs. Culbertson has collected double-doubles in nine of the Tulsa's 12 matches this year. Senior setter Jordan Clampitt added 29 assists and eight digs.

In the first frame, the Hurricane was unable to come back after a fast start by Kansas State as the Wildcats won the frame 25- 19. Henderson tallied six of her 18 kills in the initial set.

Tulsa led 12-8 in the second set as Kansas State called its second timeout of the frame. The Golden Hurricane extended its lead to five, but the Wildcats rallied to take a 20-19 lead. TU retook a 21-20 lead, but Kansas State scored five of the next six points to win the set 25-22. The second stanza featured six ties and five lead changes.

After TU took a 4-3 lead in the third thanks to a Henderson kill, Kansas State went on a 5-0 run to hold an 8-4 advantage. The Wildcats won the final set 25-18 as they hit .233 compared to TU's .105. Henderson recorded nine of Tulsa's 14 kills in the third frame.

Kansas State, which has only dropped two sets this year, outhit Tulsa .214-.083.

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