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Sept. 21, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa volleyball team swept Marshall (25-18, 25-17, 25-16) to improve to 9-7 overall and 2-0 in Conference USA play on Friday, September 21 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

The Golden Hurricane hit a modest .274 (40-9-113) while holding the Thundering Herd (11-5, 1-1 C-USA) to a .091 attack clip (35-24-121).

"One of our goals is to have over a block-and-a-half per set, because we're so good typically on the back row that if we can get that, it gives us an even bigger advantage," stated Head Coach Steven McRoberts. "As you can see from the stats, we were well over two blocks per set, and still held close to 20 digs per set. They were putting the ball on us a lot, as far as tipping and role-shotting. I think they probably saw some film, and were trying to exploit a couple of things that we've had some weaknesses in. But our girls did a really good job of anticipating and picking up the ball, which is obvious because we did have about 20 digs per set, and were able to convert those into a lot of kills."

Leading the Tulsa charge was the duo of senior outside hitters Tyler Henderson and Diana Silva. Each had nine kills and four digs during the match, while Henderson hit .400 and Silva hit .296.

Senior libero Jessica Adams collected a team leading 21 digs and chipped in a career-high eight assists. Senior setter Jordan Clampitt added 13 assists and 12 digs for her third double-double of the season. Sophomore setter Bailey Clampitt paced the team with 14 assists and tallied nine digs.

Junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson added seven kills and four digs, while Miriele Gobbo contributed six kills and four blocks.

"I felt like we got off to a little bit of a slow start, then recovered pretty quick and took control in the first set," McRoberts commented. "After that, it felt like we just had control the rest of the match. I'm very proud of the team. It's been a while since we've gone three sets and had less than double digit hitting errors. For us to be able to hit close to .300 - one of our goals is to hit above .250 every conference match - so we were excited from that standpoint. We took care of the ball. It was the second match in a row that we've out blocked somebody. That's a nice streak to have since we don't typically do that. Then, Jess Adams had a huge match digging the ball. She averaged 7.0 digs a set. I think overall it was a great team effort."

In the first set, the Herd jumped out to a 13-9 advantage. Tulsa stormed back taking nine of the next 12 points to lead 18-16. The Hurricane won the set 25-18 thanks to four kills by Gobbo. TU hit .297 in the frame while holding Marshall to a .139 clip.

The second set saw the TU offense come alive as it hit .406 during the frame. The Hurricane won the set 25-17 as Henderson totaled five kills and hit .833 to lead Tulsa.

The Tulsa defense came alive in the third set as it tallied four blocks and held the Herd to a -.020 hitting percentage. Adams tallied 10 of her 21 digs in the final stanza as the Hurricane started the game on a 4-0 run en route to a 25-16 victory. TU never trailed in the set.

Tulsa will wrap up its six game home stand on Sunday, September 23 when East Carolina comes to the Reynolds Center for a 1 p.m. affair.

"We're going to come out on Saturday and have a good practice, and get back to work," McRoberts said. "We still feel like we're getting back a little bit of the momentum that we may have lost from some of those tough losses in our pre-conference schedule, so we're going to keep working to be better and hopefully we can come out on Sunday and perform well, and get another win and move to 3-0 in conference as that is our goal."

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