Tulsa Heads To The Rockies For Northern Colorado Classic
The University of Tulsa volleyball squad, after taking down cross-town rival Oral Roberts Tuesday night, will compete at the Northern Colorado Classic on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8 in Greely, Colo. The Golden Hurricane will face host Northern Colorado on Friday at 8 p.m., Creighton on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Ball State Saturday at 6 p.m.
"It's going to be a tough tournament," Head Coach Steven McRoberts said. "We have had a tough stretch here already. Our first eight matches have been against very good competition and that's going to continue this weekend."
The Golden Hurricane (5-3) is led by Tyler Henderson, who is averaging 5.66 kills per set and an attack percentage of .351. During Tuesday's tilt with ORU, Henderson became the first player in school history to accumulate 2,000 career kills.
"It's amazing, she is off to a great start as a senior," McRoberts stated. "We hope to keep her going while we are trying to keep her healthy at the same time. We don't want her swinging 80 times a match. I know she wants to go out not only setting individual records, but she wants this team to win another conference championship and go back to the NCAA Tournament."
Jessica Adams, who snared her second C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honor in as many weeks, leads the squad with 4.93 digs per set. Kellie Culbertson leads the team with 17 service aces on the season, and ranks second in kills per set (3.03) and third in digs per set (3.41). Diana Silva is second in digs per set with 3.69 and third in kills per set with 2.62. As a squad, Tulsa holds a .227 attack percentage while limiting its opposition to a .197 clip. The Hurricane averages 15.2 kills per set while opposing teams average 11.4 kills per stanza.
Northern Colorado is 6-0 heading into this weekend after winning the Hampton Inn and Suites Northern Colorado Classic. The squad defeated past TU opponent Oklahoma in five sets and swept future opponent North Dakota State. UNC is hitting .243 while holding opponents to a .141 attack percentage. The Bears are paced by Tambre Haddock, the Big Sky's Player of the Week, who tallied 38 kills and 40 digs last weekend and has four double-doubles on the season. Marissa Hughes leads the team in assists with 10.10 per set while Merideth Johnson averages 4.36 digs per frame.
Creighton enters play this weekend with a 5-1 record with its only loss coming at the hands of #21 ranked Kansas State, who will visit the Reynolds Center next weekend for the Golden Hurricane Classic. The Jays finished second at its home tournament last weekend, and won the USF tournament during the opening weekend of play defeating UCF, USF and Wisconsin. Kelli Browning leads the Bluejays attack with 2.71 kills per set and an attack percentage of .495. Megan Bober averages 9.29 assists per set and Kate Elamn averages 4.75 digs per stanza to pace the Jays in those categories.
Ball State enters this weekend with a 4-3 ledger after going 2-1 As a squad, the Cardinals hit .217 while holding opponents to a .173 clip. Kara Bates leads the BSU attack with 3.50 kills per set, while Jacqui Seidel paces the squad with 10.75 assists per frame. Catie Fredrich is the team leader in digs with 5.00 digs per set, and Lisa Scott has 17 total blocks on the campaign.
After the tournament, Tulsa returns home to host the Golden Hurricane Classic September 13-15. Three top-25 teams in Kansas State, Dayton and Minnesota will visit Tulsa to compete in the invitational. Admission to the tournament and all regular season TU volleyball matches are free to the public.
"Fans are going to see some great volleyball action," McRoberts commented. "It features three top-25 teams, and Dayton and Minnesota right now are top-15 teams. It's going to be the best teams that have come to The University of Tulsa for a tournament. Every match is going to be a treat."
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