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Oct. 9, 2010

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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa volleyball team returned to its home court at the Donald W. Reynolds Center Saturday afternoon, and swept UAB (25-20, 25-14, 25-22), led by Tyler Henderson's 22 kills and Kellie Culbertson's 12-kill, 13-dig double-double.

The Golden Hurricane improved to 15-2 overall and 6-0 in C-USA play, extending its school-record 14-match win streak. TU hit over .300 for the second straight match and held its opponent under .200 for the fifth time in the last six matches. UAB fell to 4-13 overall and 1-4 in league play.

Tulsa and UAB close out the weekend Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available at www.TulsaHurricane.com.

"We saw another solid offensive performance by Tyler Henderson," Tulsa Head Coach Ed Allen said. "Hannah Stout had one of her better matches as well. I was really pleased with Kellie Culbertson. We moved her to the outside, and gave her an opportunity to play out there. We had a solid performance from her out there, and another great effort from her in terms of ball control. I was really pleased with the defensive effort, particularly after the first two sets."

Henderson hit .514 in the match, committing just three errors in 37 swings. Culbertson's 12 kills sets a career-high, and the 13 digs were a team-high for the match. Jordan Clampitt tallied 40 assists with five digs and a pair of kills, Diana Silva recorded 11 digs and Jessica Adams had nine digs. Hannah Stout hit .417 with six kills and Elizabeth Kale added four kills.

Tulsa hit .313 as a team (48-17-99) with 48 kills, 42 assists, four service aces, 49 digs and 2.0 blocks. UAB hit .137 (27-14-95) with 27 kills, 26 assists, one ace, 29 digs and 4.0 blocks.

Tulsa opened the first set with a 5-1 lead, helped by three kills from Henderson, and never looked back. UAB pulled within two points at, 10-8, but the Hurricane jumped ahead further with four straight kills, two from Culbertson, and led 14-8. Six points would be TU's largest lead, and the Blazers got within two points once more, but Tulsa scored the final three points to win the set, 25-20.

The Golden Hurricane stormed out to a 5-0 lead in set two, and ran away with the set. UAB got within three points at, 8-5, but Tulsa extended its lead to, 11-5. Tulsa took a 14-10 advantage, and extended it to, 20-10, with a 6-0 run, and then scored five of the final nine points to win the set, 25-14.

The third set began closer than the previous two, with a 2-2 tie, but Tulsa pulled away to an, 11-5, lead. The advantage extended to, 15-8, and held steady until the Blazers pulled within two points at, 20-18. However, the Hurricane outscored UAB, 5-4, the rest of the way to win the set, 25-22.

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