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Volleyball Falls to Tulane, 3-1, in semifinals of the C-USA Tournament on Saturday

Hooper led TU with 16 kills and recorded 32 kills in two tournament matches

Hooper led TU with 16 kills and recorded 32 kills in two tournament matches
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded two service aces giving her 61 service aces this season, which sets a single season school record, as the University of Tulsa volleyball team fell to Tulane 3-1 (20-25, 16-25, 25-23, 20-25) at Alumni Memorial Gym on Saturday night.

TU's previous school record was single season school record was Nicole Boyle, who recorded 60 service aces in 2007.

The Long Beach, Calif., native added 11 kills, 15 digs and four blocks for her 23rd double-double of the season, which ranks her tied for third in school history since 1994. The C-USA First Team member has recorded 56 career double-doubles.

Sophomore Ashley Hooper tied a career-high with 16 kills and had a .414 hitting percentage (16-4-29). Hooper recorded 32 kills and a .424 hitting percentage (32-7-59) in the two tournament matches.

Junior setter Bailey Clampitt recorded 19 assists, giving her 2,016 career assists becoming the sixth player in school history to record 2,000-plus assists. Clampitt added eight digs and two service aces, while freshman setter Genesis Viera added 23 assists and five digs.

Junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssine recorded 13 digs, while freshman libero Brooke Berryhill added 12 digs.

Senior middle blocker Miriele Gobbo recorded eight kills and had a .308 hitting percentage (8-0-26), while freshman outside hitter Erica Bohannon recorded eight kills and four digs.

With Tulane (28-3) up by five points in the first set, 9-4, the Golden Hurricane (24-7) scored three of the next four points to pull within three points, 10-7, but the Green Wave scored the next four points to increase its lead to 14-7. Tulane was up by six points, 20-14 and the Hurricane scored three straight points to pull within three, 20-17, forcing a Tulane timeout. The Green Wave scored five of the last eight points to take an early 1-0 match lead. Hooper led TU with four kills and Bohannon added three kills.

Tulane was up by two points, 10-8, in the second frame and pushed its lead up to five, 15-10. The Green Wave outscored the Golden Hurricane 10-6 during the rest of the set to take a 2-0 match lead heading into the intermission. Hooper and Culbertson led TU with four kills each and Viera recorded six assists.

Tulane had an early 3-2 lead in the third stanza and extended its lead to three points, 6-3. The Green Wave captured a five point lead, 10-5, but after a Golden Hurricane timeout, TU scored six of the next seven points to tie the match at 11. Tulane took the lead scoring the next two points, 13-11 and with the score at 15-13, the Hurricane scored five straight points to take a three point lead, 18-15 to force a Tulane timeout. TU build a four-point lead 22-18, but the Green Wave came back scoring four straight points to tie it at 22. The Golden Hurricane scored three of the final four points to cut Tulane's match lead 2-1. Hooper led TU connecting on five of seven attacks for a .714 hitting percentage and Gobbo added four kills.

Tulane jumped to a two-point lead, 4-2, in the fourth set, but the Golden Hurricane scored two straight points to tie the match at four. With the score tied at nine, the Green Wave scored six of the next seven points to take a 15-10 lead. The two teams scored 10 points each during the rest of the set as Tulane wins the match and faces UTSA on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the C-USA Championship match. Culbertson led TU with five kills and Bohannon added four kills.

Tulane was led by Tea Juric with 19 kills, Mel Mandelbaum with 56 assists and Grace Weaver with 22 digs. Juric and Mandelbaum added 15 digs each for a double-double, while Annie Shurtz (16 kills and 11 digs) and Cori Martone (12 kills and 11 digs) also recorded double-doubles. Sarah Strasner added 11 kills.

The Golden Hurricane awaits its fate in the NCAA Tournament as the NCAA selection show will be on Sunday, December 1st at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Hurricane entered the C-USA Tournament ranked No. 39 in the RPI ratings that was released on Monday, Nov. 18.

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