Golden Hurricane Posts 13th Sweep of the Season
Oct. 5, 2007
Tulsa, Okla. - The trio of senior Fabiola Nepomuceno and freshmen Emma Ridley and Hannah Stout provided all the offense The University of Tulsa volleyball team would need in a 3-0 (30-14, 30-24, 30-24) victory over Conference USA rival Houston on Friday night. A crowd of 105 witnessed the trio out hit the Cougars 44-34 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Nepomuceno led the Hurricane attack with 17 kills, while Ridley and Stout posted 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Senior Julia Silva posted her league-leading 17th double-double of the season with 47 assists and 18 digs on the night. Junior Malorey Grove also recorded 18 digs for the Hurricane.
The Hurricane used an 11-2 run in the opening stanza to set the tone. Thanks in part to seven straight serves from Silva, Tulsa turned a 2-2 game to a 13-4 lead. A pair of kills from Nepomuceno and a trio of Cougar hitting errors highlighted the run for Tulsa. For the game, TU posted 20 kills compared to eight for UH.
In the second game, both teams kept the score close in the early. With the score tied 12-12, the Hurricane used a 4-1 mini-run to take the lead for good. A pair service aces from junior Kelsey Wood added to the Tulsa run. Houston would cut into the Tulsa lead, closing into with one point at 19-18. However, the Hurricane was able to win the race to 30.
The final stanza opened much like the second game did, as the teams were tied at 17-17 before Tulsa took the lead for good. A kill by Nepomuceno sparked a 4-0 run for the Hurricane. TU would extend the lead to 24-18 on a service ace by Nepomuceno.
Tulsa, improving to 15-5 on the season and 3-2 in C-USA play, will host Rice on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Reynolds Center.
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