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TU Heads on the Road for Baylor Classic

TU hits the road to the Baylor Classic with a three-match winning streak

TU hits the road to the Baylor Classic with a three-match winning streak
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TULSA,Okla. - The University of Tulsa volleyball team looks to continue its three-match winning streak at the Baylor Classic in Waco, Texas this weekend.

"It's going to be three more competitive matches for us," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said on the Baylor Classic. "All three will make us a better team and that's the whole goal when we come out of the weekend is that we want to be better."

TU defeated cross-town rival Oral Roberts on Tuesday in its home opener 3-2.

"It's tough to make these quick turnarounds," McRoberts said. "The match against ORU was better than a practice. It put us in pressure situation that you can't create in a practice situation and made some of the players really grow up. Helped us definitely see things that we need to work on."

Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane is senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson with 3.12 kills per set and 0.59 service aces per set, which ranks third in Conference USA. The Long Beach, Calif., native has had a double-double in each of the four matches this season. Culbertson also has added 3.76 digs per set.

Culbertson has had 116 services in her career, which ranks her in fifth place in school history, two behind Jessica Adams for fourth place.

Junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssine leads the team with a 4.35 digs per set, which ranks tied for fifth in the conference. The Eghezee, Belgium native has added 2.82 kills per set and has had three double-doubles on the season.

Junior middle blocker Carly Boatwright leads the team with five solo blocks and 13 total blocks. The Parker, Colo., native also leads the team with 1.08 blocks per set, which ranks her 10th in C-USA.

Tulsa ranks second in C-USA in digs with 17.41 digs per set and holding opponents with a .126 hitting percentage.

TU faces the host Baylor (1-3) Friday at 7 p.m. The Bears lead the series 6-1 with the last meeting in 2004 as the Bears won 3-2 at the Sam Houston State Tournament.

After losing the first three matches of the season, BU bounced back on Tuesday with a 3-0 sweep over SMU.

The Bears are lead by Zoe Adom with 2.86 kills per set, Amy Rosenbaum with 9.71 assists per set and Mackenzie Mayo with 2.79 digs per set.

The Golden Hurricane finishes up the tournament with a doubleheader on Saturday. TU faces Mississippi State (2-2) at 12:30 p.m. followed by Texas Arlington (3-1) at 4:30 p.m.

The series between Mississippi State and TU is tied 3-3. The last time these two schools played was in 2004 when TU defeated the Bulldogs at the Hilbernia Bank Classic 3-0.

The Bulldogs won the first two matches of the season against UALR and Southeast Missouri State, but lost the next two matches to the same opponent.

MSU is led by Kimmy Gardiner with 4.57 kills per set, Suzanne Horner with 12.57 assists per set and Roxanne McVey with 7.00 digs per set. Gardiner was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday.

The Hurricane leads the series 2-1 against Texas-Arlington. The last meeting was in 2011 when TU defeated the Mavericks 3-0 at the Park Inn Hurricane Invitational.

The Mavericks won the first three matches of the season, but fell to North Texas on Tuesday 3-1 to North Texas.

The Mavericks are led by Shelby Dickson with a 2.06 kills per set, Amanda Welsh with 6.44 assists per set and Caitlyn Cooney with 4.69 digs per set.

The Hurricane continues on the road with a midweek match against Kansas State on Tuesday before returning home for the Golden Hurricane Classic on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept 14 in the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

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