Volleyball Plays Host to Tulsa Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday
Sept. 11, 2008
Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa volleyball team plays host to the Tulsa Invitational, a five-team tournament, featuring Austin Peay, Jackson State, Long Island and Sam Houston State, Friday and Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Golden Hurricane opens the tournament at noon Friday against Jackson State, before closing the day with a match against Sam Houston State at 6 p.m. The Hurricane plays Saturday at noon versus Austin Peay and finishes the tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday against Long Island. The full tournament schedule is below.
"It is great that we have some teams coming in that will allow us to continue to grow and to test ourselves competitively," said Tulsa head coach Ed Allen. "I think this is a great opportunity for us to play a few kids and see how they respond to some situations. I think some of the matches on the schedule have the potential to be some very exciting ones for everyone to see. I am excited about our kids getting the chance to play at home for the first time this year, and I'm anxious to see how they will respond in a friendly environment."
Tulsa comes into the weekend 6-1 and on a three-match winning streak, including a hard-fought 3-2 win Wednesday night at Arkansas. For the season, the Hurricane leads Conference USA with a .263 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle hitter Hannah Stout leads the team with a .447 hitting percentage, while junior outside hitter Jennifer Eichler leads the club with 106 kills at 3.53 per set. Sophomore setter Jessie Ayers has 199 assists in 18 sets on the year for an 11.06 average, while freshman setter Rachel Vukson has 110 assists in 12 sets for a 9.17 assist/set average.
Defensively, senior libero Malorey Grove leads the squad with 113 digs, or 3.77 per set, while senior defender Kelsey Wood averages 2.47 digs per set. The Hurricane blocks 2.15 attacks per set, and is led by junior middle hitter Julia Kenealy who has 34 total blocks on the season. The Golden Hurricane allows opponents a .186 hitting percentage.
Coming into the weekend, Austin Peay is 6-2 and hits .220, while allowing opponents a .173 percentage. Jackson State comes to town 0-8 this season, and hitting .080 as a team, and opponents hit .246 against the Lady Tigers. Long Island, which made the NCAA tournament in 2007, comes into the tournament with a 1-2 record and hitting .098, while the Blackbirds' opponents hit .265 against them. Sam Houston State sits at 3-6, carrying a .135 attack percentage and allowing opponents a .173 attack percentage.
The Tulsa Invitational tournament page and live stats of this weekend's matches can be found by clicking here.
Tulsa's noon match on Friday is TU Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, and the first 70 TU faculty and staff members in the door get a free lunch from Arby's. The Hurricane's match Friday night and at noon Saturday are Kids' Day games, where all youth in the eighth grade and below get in free and receive a free poster. Saturday night's TU match is Greek Night, and Tulsa fraternity or sorority members are encouraged to wear their letters; the loudest house wins free pizza courtesy of Tulsa Athletics.
Tickets for the Tulsa Invitational and the entire volleyball season are available by visiting the TU Athletics Ticket office in person, by telephone at (918) 631-GO-TU or on the web at www.TulsaHurricane.com. For more information on the Tulsa Invitational, and for all news and information regarding Golden Hurricane volleyball, visit www.TulsaHurricane.com.
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