Tulsa Volleyball Wins Two Matches on Saturday
Sept. 14, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded two double-doubles as the University of Tulsa volleyball team defeated Texas State 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17) and Northern Colorado 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23) on the second day of the Golden Hurricane Classic in Donald W. Reynolds Center on Saturday.
Culbertson recorded a double-double against Texas State (8-3) Saturday afternoon with a team-high 16 kills and 13 digs. The Long Beach, Calif., native added another with a match-high 17 kills and a career-high 27 digs against Northern Colorado (4-5).
Junior setter Bailey Clampitt recorded a season-high 48 assists and added seven digs against Texas State and recorded a double-double with 45 assists and 14 digs against Northern Colorado.
Culbertson, Clampitt and junior middle blocker Carly Boatwright were named on the all-tournament team as they led the Golden Hurricane (8-3) to a 2-1 record in the tournament.
Culbertson recorded 43 kills, 3.58 kills per set, 10 service aces, 55 digs, 4.58 digs, and a .286 hitting percentage during the tournament.
Clampitt had 117 assists, 9.75 assists per set, and 30 digs, 2.50 digs per set during the tournament. Boatwright added 24 kills, 12 digs, seven blocks and a .278 hitting percentage.
Junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssine recorded a double-double against Texas State with 11 kills and 13 digs, but just missed another one against Northern Colorado with 12 kills and nine digs.
Freshman libero Brooke Berryhill recorded 16 digs against Texas State and 18 digs against Northern Colorado.
Tulsa 3, Texas State 1 In the first set, Tulsa was down by four points, but scored the next six points to take the lead. Texas State (8-4) would bounce back to take a point lead 19-18 and the Golden Hurricane would come back and tie it at 23. Tulsa scored the final two points to win the set.
TU was down by five, 20-15, in the second stanza, but the Hurricane scored the next four points to pull within a point. Texas State scored five of the next seven points to win the set and tie the match at one. TU hit .303 during the set, but the Bobcats had a .452 hitting percentage.
With the score tied at eight, the Golden Hurricane scored the next five points to take the lead. TU would not give up the lead as it won the second set to take a 2-1 match lead.
After Texas scored the first point of the fourth set, TU scored the next three points to take the lead. The Golden Hurricane didn't give up the lead on the way to win the match.
TU hit .452 during the third set and had a .410 hitting percentage during the final set. The Golden Hurricane hit .292 during the match.
Texas State was led by Alexandra Simms with 17 kills, Caylin Mahoney with 43 assists and Sierra Smith with 16 digs. Amari Deardorff added 16 kills, while Ashlee Hilbun recorded 13 kills. Mahoney recorded 12 digs for a double-double and Ali Hubicsak added 12 digs.
Tulsa 3, Northern Colorado 1 TU started the match on a hot streak scoring the first six points. Northern Colorado (4-5) would come within three points, 7-4, but that was the closest the Bears would get as the Golden Hurricane outscored 18-10 during the rest of the set to take an early 1-0 lead in the match.
With the scored tied at 12 in the second set, Northern Colorado scored the next five points to take the lead. The Bears would not give up the lead as the Bears won the second set to tie the match at one.
The score was tied at three in the third set and Tulsa scored the next five points to take the early lead. Northern Colorado cut TU's lead to one, 10-9, but the Hurricane outscored the Bears 15-9 to win the set and take a 2-1 match lead.
The final set was very close as the Golden Hurricane was down two points, 23-21, but TU scored the final four points to win the match.
"Up until today, we haven't won a fourth set, and today we won two," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said. "That's a plus. Not only did we come out of the break and win the third, but we also won the fourth. Tonight, we had the lead, 20-14. They come back and go up, 23-20, and then 23-21, and Carly goes back and serves four straight. It was huge for us to end with that momentum and feeling good about it. We had played a really solid set, all the way up until that seven-point run they made. I was really glad, as I think most of us were in here, that we got out of that in four."
Northern Colorado was led by Brianna Strong with 13 kills, Ashley Guthrie with 35 assists and 15 digs and Merideth Johnson with 25 digs. Kendra Cunningham added 11 kills and 10 digs, while Andrea Spaustat and Megan Garcia recorded 12 digs each.
The Golden Hurricane returns to action against in-state rival Oklahoma on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Reynolds Center. Admission is free.
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