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Oct. 28, 2011

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TULSA, Okla. - Kellie Culbertson and Diana Silva each tallied nine kills and Jessica Adams recorded 13 digs to lead the Tulsa volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-19, 29-27, 25-19) defeat of Memphis Friday evening at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Culbertson hit .643 with zero errors to pace the Golden Hurricane (20-5, 11-1 C-USA), which picked up its 20th win for the seventh consecutive year. The Tigers (15-10, 4-8 C-USA) were led by Marija Jovanovic, who recorded 15 kills.

Miriele Gobbo hit .538 with eight kills and four blocks, and Tyler Henderson had seven kills for the Hurricane. Jordan Clampitt recorded 26 assists and eight digs, while Bailey Clampitt tallied 12 assists and five digs. Silva added six digs and Kelsey Hancock contributed five kills on .364 hitting.

"Both Tulsa and Memphis played well," Tulsa Head Coach Steven McRoberts said. "If you look at the hitting percentages, both were really high. They helped us out with service errors, but we made our share too. We had six aces to kind of nullify that, and it really ended up being the difference in the match for us. Just as it typical with us, our serve-receive dictates the match, and I wouldn't say we had our best serve-receive match of the year, but this is a tough serving team in Memphis."

Tulsa hit .337 as a team (42-9-98) - its fourth straight match hitting better than .330 - with 42 kills, 39 assists, six service aces, 43 digs and 4.0 blocks. Memphis hit .279 (46-15-111) with 46 kills, 44 assists, one ace, 44 digs and 4.0 blocks.

No players recorded double-digit kills in the match, but four players tallied at least seven kills as the Hurricane spread the attacking wealth around the floor.

"It's (balance) something we've been trying to develop, and you've seen it develop as the season has gone on," said McRoberts. "The more confident our players are, and the more confident players are involved, especially in the offense, the better. We have six hitters, and every one of our hitters is hitting over .200. They maintained that tonight. When you can get six hitters going, and all of them are in the .200 range, it's really tough to defend you. This is another match where we've hit over .300, and we're putting together a good string of those. If we can hit over .300 and keep our errors low, we're going to win a lot of matches."

Tulsa hit .429 in the first set with just two attack errors, while Memphis hit .308 in the frame. Jordan Clampitt put up 12 assists aiding Culbertson and Gobbo to four kills apiece. Silva tallied four digs and the Hurricane converted 78 percent of its sideout opportunities. Jovanovic recorded six kills in the set. TU took a 15-1 advantage with a 6-1 run, but the Tigers used a 4-2 spurt to pull back to 17-16. A 4-1 burst by TU made the score 21-17 as the Hurricane cruised to the set win.

In the second set, the Golden Hurricane hit .300 and Memphis hit a .333 attack percentage. Gobbo and Henderson each tallied three kills for Tulsa, and Jovanovic put up seven kills for the Tigers. TU took a 15-10 lead, but Memphis closed the gap to one point at 16-15, and the teams stayed close through the rest of the set. The Hurricane, facing set point, down 27-26, got a Memphis attack error and consecutive kills by Carly Boatwright and Culbertson to close out the set.

Tulsa converted 78 percent of its sideout opportunities in the third set, and received the benefit of six Memphis service errors. TU committed five service errors, but also served four aces of its own and hit .261 in the frame. Adams tallied five digs and Culbertson put away three kills in four swings for the Hurricane.

The Golden Hurricane plays host to UAB Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Reynolds Center. Live stats and live video will be available at www.TulsaHurricane.com.

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