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TU hosts the Golden Hurricane Classic this weekend
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Sept. 11, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa volleyball team looks to bounce back at the Golden Hurricane Classic in the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Friday and Saturday.

TU saw its six-match winning streak snapped in a 3-1 loss to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., on Tuesday night and is 6-2 on the season, including a 1-0 home record as it defeated Oral Roberts 3-2 on Sept. 3.

"I thought the girls came out with a confident mentality and we took it to them 25-14 in the first set," TU head coach Steven McRobertssaid of the KSU match. "The second set was back and forth. It was 23-23 and we didn't handle those last two points very well. We had some other changes late in set three and didn't handle that well either."

The Golden Hurricane Classic Tournament starts at 4 p.m. with Northern Colorado (3-3) and Texas State (8-2) on Friday, followed by Arkansas (4-2) 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.

Freshman outside hitter Erica Bohannon, who was named on the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, recorded 62 kills in four matches last week, had 3.88 kills per set, and a .387 hitting percentage.

The Dallas, Texas native was named the Baylor Classic MVP after she tailed 45 kills, 4.09 kills per set, and had a .463 hitting percentage during the tournament.

"When you're 6-2 and you have a freshman leading the way, that's very encouraging," McRoberts said. "She's come in with a lot of confidence and that's has shown."

Overall, Bohannon leads the Hurricane with 3.12 kills per set. She is second on the team with a .302 hitting percentage. Bohannon has recorded double-digit kill performances in her last five matches.

Middle blocker Carly Boatwrightleads the team with a .324 hitting percentage, which ranks her seventh in Conference USA. She recorded a season-high 13 kills, one shy of her career-high, against KSU and a .407 hitting percentage.

Junior setter Bailey Clampittleads TU with 6.81 assists per set and has recorded a double-double in her last three matches.

Junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssineleads the team with 4.31 digs per set, which ranks eighth in C-USA. The Eghezee, Belgium native tied a career-high with 15 kills and had a career-high .308 hitting percentage against Kansas State. She added 16 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.

Arkansas leads the series 7-5 and the Razorbacks defeated the Hurricane 3-0 in Fayetteville, Ark., last season.

Arkansas is led by Meredith Hays with 4.12 kills per set, Raymariely Santos with 6.54 assists per set and Emily Helm with 4.38 digs per set.

Texas State has won all three meetings over TU as the last matchup was in 1995 when the Bobcats won 3-1 at the Nevada Tournament.

Texas State is led by Amari Deardroff with 3.59 kills per set, Caylin Mahoney with 9.09 assists per set and Sierra Smith with 3.65 digs per set.

TU recorded its first win against Northern Colorado last season in a 3-1 victory at the Northern Colorado Classic. Overall, the Bears lead the series 4-1.

The Bears are led by Andrea Spaustat and Kendra Cunningham with 2.55 kills per set each, Ashely Guthrie with 9.20 assists per set and Merideth Johnson with 5.25 digs per set.

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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