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Nov. 18, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa volleyball team won the Conference USA Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 triumph (25-15, 25-19, 25-17) over UCF on Sunday, November 18, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

With the victory, the Golden Hurricane (24-9) earned a berth in the 2012 NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year, as for the past two seasons the regular season champion earned the automatic berth. This marks the second C-USA tournament title TU has won, as the Hurricane won the title in 2007.

Tulsa hit .267 (46-15-115) in the match while holding UCF (16-15) to a .085 (33-22-129) attack percentage. The Golden Hurricane outblocked UCF 12-6 and tallied 60 digs compared to the Knights 47. TU also had a 40-32 advantage in assists. Tulsa only trailed twice in the entire match.

Senior outside hitter Tyler Henderson, who was named the C-USA Player of the Year for the third straight year, was named the tournament's MVP as she hit .500 with 20 kills in the match. She also added three blocks and a service ace in the match. Henderson set a tournament record as the four-time first-team all-conference honoree averaged 7.94 points per frame during the three match championship.

Senior libero Jessica Adams paced the team with 17 digs and also earned a spot on the all-tournament squad. Fellow senior Jordan Clampitt tallied 26 assists and eight digs to earn a berth on the all-tournament team.

Senior outside hitter Diana Silva tallied 16 digs and seven kills, while junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson collected 11 digs and seven kills. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Boatwright chipped in seven kills and six blocks.

In the first frame, Tulsa jumped out to a 17-11 lead and took the set 25-15. The Hurricane held the Knights to a 0.50 attack percentage as TU tallied five blocks in the set. Henderson had six kills in the set as the Hurricane held a sideout percentage of 93 and forced UCF into nine attack errors.

Tulsa never trailed in the second set as TU took the frame 25-19. Henderson added six kills in the set, while Silva recorded four kills and nine digs in the set. Tulsa hit .268 while UCF held an attack clip of .122.

TU's stingy defense returned in the third frame forcing UCF to hit .075 as Tulsa took the set 25-17. Tulsa jumped out to a 9-3 lead and held a 24-12 advantage before UCF went on a five-point run to make it a seven point match. Boatwright slammed home the match-clinching kill to send the Golden Hurricane dancing in the NCAA Tournament.

Tulsa will play in two matches before the NCAA Tournament field is announced on Sunday, November 25. The Golden Hurricane will host Northwestern State and North Dakota State on Friday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

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