Volleyball defeats Middle Tennessee 3-1 on the road
Nov. 1, 2013
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Senior middle blocker Miriele Gobbo recorded 10 kills, a career-high seven blocks and had a .429 hitting percentage as the University of Tulsa volleyball team defeated Middle Tennessee State 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-13) at Alumni Memorial Gym on Friday night to extend its winning streak to 13.
Senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded her 20th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs, while junior middle blocker Carly Boatwright added eight kills and had a .500 hitting percentage and freshman outside hitter Erica Bohannon recorded seven kills and a .429 hitting percentage.
"This was a great team win," TU head coach Steven McRobertssaid. "Bailey and Genesis set a really smart match and I am really pleased with our offensive effort tonight. Our middles, Carly and Miriele did an outstanding job. It really helped to have Carly back."
As a team, Tulsa (21-4, 10-0 C-USA) hit .279 against the Blue Raiders (14-9, 6-3 C-USA) and recorded 11 total blocks.
"We had one of our better blocking performances of the season with 11 blocks," McRoberts said.
Middle Tennessee State scored the first four points and eight of the first nine points in the first set. With the Hurricane down 10-3, TU scored the next five points to pull within three points, 11-8. The Golden Hurricane trailed by three points, 12-9, but TU scored the next four points to take its first lead of the game 13-12. MTSU would retake the lead 19-17, but TU scored eight of the last 11 points of the set to take an early 1-0 lead. Culbertson led TU with four kills and a .500 hitting percentage as the Hurricane had five blocks and a .273 hitting percentage.
The Hurricane scored the first two points and four of the first five points in the second frame. The Blue Raiders came back to take a two-point lead, 8-6, but the Golden Hurricane scored seven of the next eight points to take a five-point lead, 14-9. TU's lead would stay between four and six as the Golden Hurricane took the set by six points. TU hit .345 and converted 68 percent of its sideout opportunities.
The third stanza was very close as neither team had a lead of more than two points until the Blue Raiders had a 19-16 lead. MTSU would score six of the next nine points to cut TU's match lead to 2-1. Culbertson led the Hurricane with four kills, while Clampitt added seven assists.
With the Hurricane clinging on to a 9-7 lead in the fourth set, TU scored the next four points to increase its lead to six, 13-7. MTSU cut the Golden Hurricane's lead down to four, 16-12, but TU scored nine of the last 10 points to win the match. TU hit .300 and converted 92 percent of its sideout opportunities.
The Blue Raiders were led by Chelsea Ross with 14 kills, Shelby Anderton with 36 assists and Kendall Howard with 22 digs. Ross added 11 digs for a double-double, while Jale Hervey and Tyler Richardson added 10 kills each. The Golden Hurricane returns home for its final two home matches of the season. TU faces Tulane on Friday at 7 p.m. and Marshall on Sunday at noon.
"We have a couple of huge matches at home this week, so we need to have a good focused week of practice," McRoberts said.
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