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Volleyball travels to Kansas State for a midweek match

Tulsa takes its six-match winning streak to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State

Tulsa takes its six-match winning streak to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State
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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa volleyball team continues its road trip with a midweek match against Kansas State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Fox College Sports.  

The Wildcats lead the series 21-1.  Kansas State defeated the Golden Hurricane 3-0 last season at the Golden Hurricane Classic in the Donald W. Reynolds Center.  KSU was ranked No. 19 during the tournament.  The Hurricane lone win against KSU was in 1991 as it won 3-0 in the Golden Hurricane Homecoming Festival.

Kansas State enters the match with a perfect 6-0 record, while the Golden Hurricane is sporting a 6-1 record. 

"Kansas State is a really good team," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said.  "They came in here last year and took it to us.  We're hoping that we can go there and give them a better match."

TU has won six straight matches since losing the season opener to host Dayton, who was ranked No. 22.  The Golden Hurricane won the Baylor Classic going 3-0 last weekend.

Erica Bohannon was named the MVP of the Baylor Classic and was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week. 

Bohannon finished the week with 62 kills, 3.88 kills per set, a .387 hitting percentage, 13 digs and 63.5 points, 3.97 points per set.

During the Baylor Classic, Bohannon had 45 kills, 4.09 kills per set, a .463 hitting percentage, 12 digs and 46.5 points, 4.23 points per set.  

"I'm really proud of her on the way that she played last weekend," McRoberts said.  "I'm really proud the way that's she's played all season.  Coming in as a freshman, we knew that we were going to need her to have a big contribution for us to be successful and she's done that.  She's really helped us to get off to a 6-1 start."

"Last weekend, she had a bounce of huge kills for us in some big moments.  She hit over .400 for the weekend.  She was one of the outstanding performances for the weekend for us that helped us go 3-0."

Senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson and junior setter Bailey Clampitt were also named to the All-Tournament Team in the Baylor Classic. 

Culbertson recorded one double-double against Mississippi State with 13 kills and 17 digs in the Baylor Classic.  The Long Beach, Calif., native tailed 27 kills, six service aces and 41 digs.

Clampitt recorded two double-doubles during the tournament.  Clampitt had 34 assists and 11 digs against Mississippi State and 22 assists and 11 digs against UT Arlington.  The Plano, Texas native recorded 79 assists, 7.18 assists per set and 27 digs, 2.45 digs per set. 

TU leads the Conference USA in opponent hitting percentage and digs.  The Golden Hurricane is holding opponents to a .118 hitting percentage.  The Hurricane is averaging 18.11 digs per set. 

"That's what's winning us matches," McRoberts said.  "Those things will help us stay in it."

KSU is led by Kaitlynn Pelger with 2.54 kills per set, Katie Brand with 9.96 assists per set and Tristan McCarty with 3.10 digs per set.

The Golden Hurricane returns home to host the Golden Hurricane Classic on Friday and Saturday in the Donald W. Reynolds Center. 

The tournament starts at 4 p.m. with Northern Colorado and Texas State on Friday, followed by Arkansas and Tulsa at 6:30 p.m. 

Four matches will be played on Saturday as Northern Colorado and Arkansas starts at 10 a.m., followed by Texas State and Tulsa at noon.  Arkansas and Texas State plays at 5 p.m., while Northern Colorado and Tulsa finishes the tournament at 7 p.m. 

After the Golden Hurricane Classic, TU hosts Oklahoma in a midweek match on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. 

All Tulsa volleyball home matches are free admission.

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