Volleyball Cruises Past Marshall, 3-0
Oct. 15, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sophomore Tyler Henderson recorded 18 kills and eclipsed 1,000 kills for her career, leading The University of Tulsa volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-18) sweep of Marshall Friday evening at the Cam Henderson Center.
Henderson became the sixth player in TU history to record 1,000 kills and joins teammate Hannah Stout, who recently moved into the 1,000-kill club.
Five Golden Hurricane players hit .290 or better, including three players over .300, while three players recorded nine or more digs, led by Jessica Adams' 16 digs. The Hurricane won its 16th straight match and improved to 18-2 overall and 8-0 in C-USA play, extending its best start in school history both overall and in conference matches. Marshall, meanwhile fell to 9-10 overall and 3-4 in C-USA play.
"We were balanced offensively, five players contributed," Tulsa Head Coach Ed Allen said. "We didn't have to lean on Tyler. She still had 18 kills, but we were balanced and had good performances from other players. El Kale probably had her best performance of the year. She is just becoming more and more aggressive offensively. I was really pleased with the defensive intensity as well."
Henderson also hit .361 for the match, while Stout hit .500 with seven kills, and Elizabeth Kale hit .400 with five kills. Diana Silva - nine kills, .292 attack percentage - and Kelsey Hancock - eight kills and .294 attack percentage - nearly had double-digit kills for TU. With nine digs, Silva was one kill and one dig from a double-double.
Jordan Clampitt had 38 assists and nine digs for the Hurricane, while Kale and Hancock each tallied three blocks.
Tulsa hit .343 as a team (49-13-105) with 49 kills, 45 assists, four service aces, 52 digs and 6.0 blocks. Marshall hit .157 (31-15-102) with 31 kills, 29 assists, two aces, 36 digs and 6.0 blocks.
Tulsa was down, 9-5, in the first set, but after calling a timeout, came back to score six of the next seven points and move ahead, 11-10. With a, 13-13, tie, the Hurricane went on another run, scoring eight points in a row to take a 21-13 lead. The teams traded points to the end of the set, which TU won, 21-17.
Set two was close early on as well, and with a 9-7 advantage, the Golden Hurricane went on a 12-1 run to build a 21-9 lead. Marshall tightened the affair by scoring eight of the next nine points, but TU got a kill from Stout to end the set, 25-17.
Tulsa had the lead through most of the third set as well, taking a 3-2 advantage, and turning it into a 10-5 lead. The Thundering Herd pulled within three points at, 10-7, but the Hurricane held on to a three-to-four-point lead until it pulled away at the end. With the score, 20-17, TU scored five of the final six points to win the set, 25-18.
The Golden Hurricane travels to Greenville, N.C., to take on East Carolina Sunday at noon CT.
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