Culbertson records her 1,000th career kill as Volleyball sweeps FIU
Oct. 13, 2013
MIAMI, Fla. - Senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded her 1,000th career kill as the University of Tulsa volleyball team swept FIU 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-14) at US Century Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Culbertson became the seventh player in school history to reach the 1,000-kill milestone as she tallied a match-high 11 kills against the Panthers giving her 1,002 career kills. The Long Beach, Calif., native added a match-high 13 digs, four service aces and had a .429 hitting percentage. Culbertson has recorded 150 career service aces, which puts her second in school history.
"Kellie had a tremendous weekend with another double-double," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said. "We are all proud of her and her accomplishment of getting her 1,000th kill."
Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Hooper recorded eight kills and had a .357 hitting percentage, while freshman outside hitter Erica Bohannon and junior middle blocker Carly Boatwright recorded seven kills. Bohannon added three service aces, while Boatwright had a .333 hitting percentage.
"Ashley and Carly both hit for high percentages and as a team we had a good day offensively," McRoberts said.
Tulsa recorded 11 services aces against FIU averaging 3.67 service ace per set during the match.
With the score tied at three in the first set, TU (16-4, 5-0 C-USA) scored 16 of the next 22 points to take a 10-point lead, 19-9. The Panthers (8-10, 2-4 C-USA) would cut the lead to seven, 22-15, but the Hurricane scored the final three points of the set to take an early 1-0 lead. Hooper led TU with five kills and a .571 hitting percentage. TU recorded a .265 hitting percentage and converted 68 percent of its sideout opportunities.
The Golden Hurricane started the second frame off strong, scoring seven of the first eight points. FIU came back to within two points, 15-13, but the Hurricane scored 10 of the final 14 points to take a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission. Culbertson led TU with four kills and eight digs.
With TU holding on to a 7-6 lead in the third stanza, the Hurricane scored the next seven points to increase its lead to 14-6. The Hurricane outscored FIU 11-8 during the rest of the set to sweep the Panthers. Culbertson led TU with five kills and a .559 hitting percentage. TU recorded a .333 hitting percentage and converted 86 percent of its sideout opportunities.
"It was another solid match for our team," McRoberts said. "I felt like our serve and passing game dominated the match and allowed us to go on some big runs."
The Golden Hurricane finishes its three-match roadtrip traveling to Charlotte to play the 49ers on Friday at 6 p.m. TU returns home against East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 20 at noon.
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