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Berryhill sets a School-Record with 41 Digs as Volleyball Erases a 2-0 Deficit to Defeat UTEP 3-2

Berryhill recorded a school record and a career-high 41 digs in a 3-2 comeback victory at UTEP on Friday night

Berryhill recorded a school record and a career-high 41 digs in a 3-2 comeback victory at UTEP on Friday night
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Nov. 15, 2013

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EL PASO, Texas - Freshman libero Brooke Berryhill set a school record and a career-high 41 digs and senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded a career-high 33 kills as the University of Tulsa defeated UTEP in a comeback 3-2 (21-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-18, 17-15) victory at the Memorial Gym on Friday night.

Berryhill's 41 digs ranks as the fifth most all-time in the Conference USA history in a single match and is the most this season by a C-USA player. TU's previous dig record in a single match was 38 by Malorey Grove against UAB on Nov. 18, 2007 and Evyn Wills against UTEP on Oct. 14, 2005.

Culbertson's 33 kills ranks at the fourth most in school history in a single match and has recorded 1,123 career kills, which ranks as the third most in school history and is the most by a C-USA player this season. The last TU player to record 30-plus kills in a match was Tyler Henderson as she recorded 31 kills against UTEP on Oct. 12, 2012.

Culbertson added 13 digs for her 22nd double-double of the season, which ranks tied for fourth most in school history in a single season since 1994. The Long Beach, Calif., native had a .320 hitting percentage (33-9-75). Culbertson recorded a career-high 33.0 points.

"Tonight was a good volleyball match," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said. "I thought we did a great job at the end of set two getting some confidence and momentum for the rest of the match. Kellie careered it on the front row and Brooke just kept making plays on the back row."

Junior setter Bailey Clampitt recorded 36 assists, giving her 1,950 career assists, while freshman setter Genesis Viera added 25 assists.

Junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssine recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Ashley Hooper recorded nine kills and had a .333 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Nicole Newton recorded eight kills and a .375 hitting percentage.

"Nicole came into the match and really did a nice job on Xitlali Herrera, who was really tearing us up early," McRoberts said.

The Golden Hurricane (23-5, 12-1 C-USA) had an early three-point lead in the first set, 9-6, but UTEP (13-13, 6-7 C-USA) came back scoring three consecutive points to tie it at nine. With the score tied at 13, the Miners scored five of the next six points to take an 18-14 lead. TU scored five of the next six points to tie it up at 19, but UTEP scored the final six points for a 1-0 match lead. Culbertson led TU with eight kills and had a .312 hitting percentage.

UTEP scored five of the first seven points in the second frame, but TU scored three of the next four points to pull within a point, 6-5. The Miners increased its lead to three, 8-5, but the Golden Hurricane scored five consecutive points to take a two-point lead, 10-8. UTEP, who was up by a point 15-14, increased its lead four, 19-15.

With the Hurricane facing set point at 24-18, TU scored the next six points to tie it at 24 to force extra points. With the score tied at 26, UTEP scored the final two points to take a 2-0 match lead. Culbertson led TU with 10 kills and a .500 hitting percentage, while Clampitt recorded 10 assists.

The Golden Hurricane scored the first three points and five of the first seven points in the third stanza to capture a 5-2 lead. UTEP closed the gap to within a point, 5-4, but TU scored the next four points to increase its lead to 9-4. After a UTEP point, the Hurricane scored the next three points for a 12-5 lead. After a UTEP point, TU scored another three points to increase its lead to 15-6.

The Miners cut TU's lead down to six, 16-10, but the Golden Hurricane scored three straight points for a 19-10 lead. The rest of the set went back-and-forth and the Hurricane landed with an eight-point set win to cut the Miners match lead to 2-1. Culbertson recorded nine kills and a .643 hitting percentage, while Clampitt added 12 assists. Berryhill added 13 digs and TU recorded 21 digs and hit .390 and converted 80 percent of its sideout opportunities while holding UTEP to a .103 hitting percentage.

With the score tied at two in the fourth set, TU scored the next four points for a 6-2 lead. UTEP cut the Hurricane lead to 8-6, but TU scored the eight consecutive points, including four kills from Hooper, to increase its lead to 10 points, 16-6.

The Miners scored the next two points, but TU went on another run, scoring the next five points for a 21-8 lead. With the Golden Hurricane up by 10, 23-13, the Miners came back to pull within six 24-18, but a Newton kill gave TU the set win and tied the match at two. Berryhill led TU with 11 digs, while TU recorded 21 digs and three blocks.

The final frame was very close as neither team had a lead of more than two points. With UTEP looking to win the match with a match point at 14-12, the Golden Hurricane scored the next three points and five of the final six points to win the match.

"We kept our composure when we were down 14-12 and won another close match," McRoberts said. "I just love the heart and competitiveness of this group."

The Golden Hurricane recorded seven blocks and has recorded 38.5 total blocks in its last four matches, averaging 2.41 blocks per set.

The Miners were led by Herrera with 27 kills, Malia Patterson with 48 assists and Victoria Valencia with 28 digs. Herrera added 12 digs and Patterson added 18 digs for a double-double. Talia Jones recorded 17 kills, while Taylor Nix added 11 kills. Dayana Acevedo Rios added 15 digs.

The Golden Hurricane plays its last regular season match on Sunday at UTSA on 1 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas for the battle of the C-USA regular season crown and a No. 1 seed in the C-USA Tournament, which starts on Thursday.

"This is what you play all year for: A chance to win a championship," McRoberts said. "It should be a fun match and atmosphere."

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