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Volleyball Nets 3-1 Win at UCF

Freshman Tyler Henderson recorded 25 kills, a .420 hitting percentage and three blocks to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 3-1 victory at UCF Friday.
Freshman Tyler Henderson recorded 25 kills, a .420 hitting percentage and three blocks to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 3-1 victory at UCF Friday.
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Nov. 6, 2009

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Four players hit double-digit kills, led by Tyler Henderson's 25, as The University of Tulsa volleyball team scored a 3-1 win (25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18) over Conference USA foe UCF at The Venue at UCF.

The Golden Hurricane (22-5, 11-2 C-USA) won the first set and lost the second, then had to come from behind in each of the final two sets after falling behind early to take the match. TU held its spot in second place in C-USA, one half-game behind Southern Miss, which the Hurricane plays Sunday at 1 p.m. in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Henderson, with her 25 kills paired with a .420 attack percentage and three blocks, was also one of three players who hit above .400 in the match. Hannah Stout slammed 15 kills and hit .480, adding four blocks, and Julia Kenealy tallied 13 kills and hit .407 in the match, leading the way with six blocks. Jennifer Eichler recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 14 digs.

Tulsa hit .294 as a team (70-22-163) with 70 kills, 63 assists, 66 digs and 11.0 blocks. UCF, which fell to 11-16 overall and 3-11 in C-USA, hit .247 in the match (58-20-154) with 58 kills, 56 assists, 65 digs and 11.5 blocks.

Jessica Adams led the Golden Hurricane with 20 digs, while Shelbi Pitcher added 12 digs and Kelsey Hancock had 11 digs and four blocks. Rachel Vukson tallied 37 assists, and Jordan Clampitt recorded 22 assists.

Set one was a tight one all the way through, with 12 ties and five lead changes, and neither team led by more than two points until late in the set. Tulsa took its first two-point advantage at 12-10, and went ahead by two points six more times until it held a 20-18 lead. After UCF tied the score at 20-20, the Golden Hurricane scored three points in a row to go ahead 23-20, as it went on to a 25-23 set win.

UCF led most of the way through the second set, as Tulsa's only two lead came early in the set and were by one point each time. For the rest of the set, the Hurricane had to play catch-up, but was only able to tie the score, as the Knights went on to a 25-23 set win.

UCF jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third set, and the six-point advantage extended to a 12-6 lead. However, Tulsa went on a 104 run to tie the score at 16 apiece. The Golden Hurricane took its first lead of the set at 19-18 and never looked back, scoring six of the final nine points to win the set, 25-21.

Tulsa once again had to come from behind in the fourth set to close out the match. After a back-and-forth battle at the beginning of the frame, UCF jumped ahead to a 14-8 lead. The Knights led by six points again at 16-10, but the Golden Hurricane used an 8-0 run behind the service of Adams and four kills by Henderson to go ahead 18-16. TU closed the set on a 7-2 run to win, 25-18.

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