Culbertson's 16 kills and 19 digs Lead TU Volleyball to a 3-1 Win over ECU
Oct. 20, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded her 18th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 19 digs as the University of Tulsa volleyball team defeated East Carolina 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 27-29, 25-11) at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Sunday afternoon.
Culbertson recorded three service aces against the Pirates and has recorded seven service aces in the last two matches. The Long Beach, Calif., native has recorded 51 service aces this season and has 157 career service aces, needing six service aces to set the school record.
Tulsa (18-4, 7-0 C-USA) broke a 6-6 tie in the opening frame with a seven-point run served by El Houssine to move in front, 13-6. East Carolina (10-14, 1-6 C-USA) only got as close as five points the rest of the set, 22-17, as the Hurricane claimed a 25-17 win. Gobbo and Newton each had four kills, and TU converted 64 percent of their sideout opportunities, while limiting ECU a 43 percent sideout rate.
The Golden Hurricane scored the first two points of the second set, but the Pirates turned an 8-8 tie into a 14-10 lead. TU knotted the score at 18-18, but ECU kept the advantage until the set was tied 21-21. The Hurricane scored three straight points and won the set 25-22. Culbertson tallied four kills and four digs to lead TU.
The third frame featured 14 ties and seven lead changes, and four of the ties were after the score crossed the 20-point threshold. Tulsa led 24-20, but East Carolina came back to tie the score, 24-24. The teams then alternated taking a one-point lead, but with the score 27-27, the Pirates scored the final two points to win the set, 29-27. It was the first set TU dropped to ECU since Nov. 20, 2008. It broke a streak of five straight sweeps and 20 consecutive sets the Hurricane had won against the Pirates.
Tulsa bounced back in the fourth set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead on its way to a 25-11 victory. ECU closed the score to 11-8, but the Golden Hurricane used a pair of long runs to move ahead, 23-9. TU went on a six-point run, making the score 17-8, followed by another six-point run that brought the advantage to 23-9. Culbertson tallied eight kills in the final stanza, and served runs of four and five points, including two aces, while Clampitt set up 10 assists and served a run of five points.
The Golden Hurricane recorded seven service aces against the Pirates and has recorded 24 service aces in its last three matches.
East Carolina was led by Whitney Campbell with 11 kills and 14 digs, Zarah Cecich with 31 assists and Shelby Beasley with 14 digs. Halee Wright added 11 digs.
The Golden Hurricane is back at home next weekend, Oct. 25-27, for matches against Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Friday and Southern Miss at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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