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Nov. 30, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Tulsa volleyball team, making its third straight NCAA appearance, fell to No. 15-ranked Florida 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 25-21) to see its season draw to a close at the O'Connell Center on Friday during the first round of the NCAA Championship.

Tulsa (26-10) was led by senior outside hitter Tyler Henderson, who tallied 17 kills after recording none in the first frame. Henderson, with 2,525 career kills, graduates Tulsa as the NCAA all-time leader in kills during the 25-point rally-scoring era.

The Hurricane hit .102 (34-22-118) while the Gators (26-4) hit .317 (43-11-101) during the contest.

Senior libero Jessica Adams tallied a team leading 15 digs as she will leave TU as the all-time digs leader with 2,437, which ranks second in C-USA history. Adams became the first player in school history to record 500 digs in four seasons and set the single-season TU record with 680 digs this year.

Junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson had six kills and eight digs, while sophomore Bailey Clampitt had 12 assists and eight digs.

In the first set, Florida jumped out to a 9-1 lead as it took the frame 25-9. Tulsa hit -.250 in the frame while Florida held an attack percentage of .417.

Tulsa tied the set at 8-8 in the second frame thanks to a kill from Henderson. UF rattled off a 12-6 run to take a 20-14 advantage en route to a 25-21 game victory. Henderson hit .538 in the set, with eight kills.

The Golden Hurricane tied the match at 11, but UF scored five of the next six points to open up a 16-12 advantage. A Henderson kill made it a 21-19 ballgame, but Florida took the set 25-21 to claim the match in front of 1,832 fans.

This loss marked the end of the careers for Tulsa's most decorated senior class in Henderson, Adams, Jordan Clampitt. Diana Silva and Shelbi Pitcher, who won 111 games during their career. The class became the first class to advance to three NCAA Championships and the first class to win an NCAA Championship match.

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