Clampitt, Culbertson and El Houssine record a double-double as TU defeated Southern Miss 3-1
Oct. 27, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Bailey Clampitt, Kellie Culbertson and Valerie El Houssine recorded double-doubles as the University of Tulsa volleyball team defeated Southern Miss 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 21-25, 27-25) on Sunday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Junior outside hitter El Houssine recorded a match-high 18 kills and added 12 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. The Eghezee, Belgium native added two solo blocks and had a .231 hitting percentage, while junior setter Clampitt recorded 29 assists and 14 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.
Senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded her 19th double-double of the season with 13 kills and 24 digs and added two service aces and one solo block. The Long Beach, Calif., native has recorded 161 career service aces, needing two service aces to set the school record.
Freshman outside hitter Erica Bohannon recorded 11 kills, a .280 hitting percentage and three total blocks, while freshman libero Brooke Berryhill recorded 19 digs and has recorded 19-plus digs in three of her last four matches. Freshman setter Genesis Viera recorded 24 assists and nine digs.
Tulsa (20-4, 9-0 C-USA) recorded its 20th win of the season extending its streak to nine seasons with 20-plus wins in a season and is on an 12-match winning streak. The Hurricane recorded 84 digs, 9.0 total blocks and a .233 hitting percentage.
In the opening frame, the Golden Hurricane stormed out to a 5-0 lead, which it extended to 10-2, and never looked back. Southern Miss (12-12, 3-6 C-USA) only got as close as seven points for the remainder of the set, as Tulsa built a lead as large as 11 points at 17-6. TU cruised to the 25-17 win. El Houssine and Bohannon each tallied five kills, while Clampitt put up eight assists and five digs. The Hurricane hit .371 while converting 72 percent of its sideout opportunities.
El Houssine continued where she left off in the second set, knocking down six kills, as Tulsa hit .233 in the frame with the help of nine assists by Clampitt and five by Viera. Culbertson and Berryhill each tallied seven digs and Clampitt added six as the Hurricane recorded 26 digs for the set, and held the Golden Eagles to a .109 attack percentage. The set featured 12 ties and five lead changes, and the score was knotted at 12 before the Golden Hurricane used a 4-1 run to take a lead it would not relinquish. TU led by as many as five points, first at 22-17, on its way to the 25-19 set victory.
Southern Miss hit .326 with 19 kills in the third stanza and converted 76 percent of its sideout opportunities to claim a 25-21 win. TU hit .216 with 16 kills, led by El Houssine's five kills and Culbertson's four kills. The Golden Eagles led by as many as four points at 15-11, on its way to the set win.
Tulsa fought back to win the fourth set, 27-25, after trailing in the frame as late as 11-10. The Golden Hurricane scored four straight points to move ahead, 14-11, and held the advantage until the Golden Eagles came back tied the score at 24. TU led 24-22 before USM tied, and took a one-point lead 25-24, before pulling ahead for the set win.
"I thought we came out playing really well," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said. "We controlled both the first and the second set. Then, after the break, Southern Miss made some good adjustments, got around a six-point lead in that set, and we could never get over the hump and get tied with them. We cut it to one or two a couple of times, but we just never could catch them. They finished strong. I feel like we controlled most of the fourth set, and then at the end when we had a three-point lead in the 20s, we let it slip away with some plays that we really wish we could have back.
"But we did like we've done all year. We just hung in there and got the win. It wasn't pretty at the end. We got some good volleyball for a long time, and then just hung on and got the win. We're really excited to be 9-0 right now. We know the next five matches are going to be the teams that are right behind us. It was important to get this one, especially at home. We have to win at home."
Southern Miss was led by Quinci Hayward with 15 kills, Kristen Fleming 53 assists, Mary Pursell with 28 digs. Fleming added 16 digs for a double-double while Alex Pfefferle added 13 digs and Shelby Russell recorded 11 digs. Elise Ames recorded 13 kills, Jasmine Crowell added 11 kills and Stephany Purdue had 10 kills and eight digs.
The Golden Hurricane travels to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face Middle Tennessee on Nov. 1at 7 p.m.
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