Three Tulsa Volleyball Players Record Double-Digit Kills in a 3-0 sweep over FAU
Oct. 11, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Sophomore outside hitter Maura McGivern recorded a career-high 11 kills and had a .391 hitting percentage as the University of Tulsa volleyball team swept Florida Atlantic 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-16) to extend its seven match winning streak on Friday night.
Senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded her 15th double-double of the season with 12 kills, 11 digs and had a .500 hitting percentage. The Long Beach, Calif., native has 991 career kills and needs only nine kills to reach the 1,000-kill milestone.
Tulsa (15-4, 4-0 C-USA) recorded a season-high .406 hitting percentage (48-8-96) against the Owls (9-10, 1-4 C-USA).
"This definitely was one of our best team efforts all year," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said. "We were focused from the very first point and it continued throughout the whole match. Our offense really clicked and we kept our hitting errors low, which was a point of emphasis for the team this week. Every hitter hit over .300 for the match. Hopefully, we can carry this into Sunday."
Tulsa jumped out to an eight point lead, 15-7, in the first set. With TU up 24-16, FAU scored the next four points before a kill from Hooper ended the first set to give TU a 1-0 match lead. Bohannon and Hooper led TU with five kills each and TU had a .364 hitting percentage in the first set.
The second stanza started out close with the score tied at three. The Golden Hurricane had an 8-7 lead and went on to score the next four points to increase its lead to five points. FAU would cut TU's lead to three, but the Hurricane scored six of the next seven points to take a 20-12 lead. TU scored five of the last seven points to win the set and take a 2-0 lead into the intermission. Culbertson led TU with eight kills and a .714 hitting percentage and TU had a .457 hitting percentage during the second set.
Tulsa had an early 6-4 lead in the third frame and scored eight of the next 11 points to take a 14-7 lead. With a 16-13 TU lead, the Hurricane scored nine of the last 12 points to win the match. McGivern led TU with five kills and Culbertson added four kills and a .800 hitting percentage, while TU hit .393 during the final set.
The Golden Hurricane stays in Florida to face Florida International on Sunday at noon and continues on the road with a match against Charlotte on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. The Hurricane returns home to face East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 20 at noon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
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