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Golden Hurricane Extend Win Streak to 10-matches, Win Dr. Tom Classic

Junior Kara Hidinger was named MVP of the Dr. Tom Cairns Golden Hurricane Classic.
Junior Kara Hidinger was named MVP of the Dr. Tom Cairns Golden Hurricane Classic.
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Sept. 16, 2000

The Golden Hurricane Volleyball team extended its current win streak to 10 matches, with a pair of victories on the final day of the Dr. Tom Cairns Golden Hurricane Classic held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Saturday.

In its first match of the day, TU defeated a young Centenary College team in three games, 15-5, 15-4, 15-9. Junior Ashley Frogge' led the Hurricane attack with 10 kills, while Shannon Smith added 23 assists.

The championship match featured the two undefeated teams in the tournament, Louisiana Tech and TU. The Lady Techsters were able to do one thing that no one else was able to do on the weekend, win a game against Tulsa. However, the TU defense held for a four-game victory (15-11, 15-4, 10-15, 15-9).

The Golden Hurricane used a 20-kill performance in game one to come from behind to win 15-11. Game two was much easier for the home team as TU held La. Tech to a -.179 hitting percentage and only five kills.

After the break between the second and third games, the Lady Techsters came out on fire. They took a quick lead as in game one, but this time they were able to keep the lead for the win. Both squads had 17 kills in the game, however La. Tech had four fewer errors.

Game four was all Tulsa, as the Hurricane was able to feed off the crowd's energy. La. Tech was able to hold off game point for a few minutes, while making the score closer. Junior middle blocker Anna Nedderman had seven blocks in the fourth game.

Tulsa raised its record to 10-0 on the season, while Louisiana Tech is not 5-7 on the year.

Junior outside hitter Kara Hidinger was named the tournament's MVP, after having a team high 17 kills and .424 hitting percentage. Smith was also named to the all-tournament team after she recorded 116 assists in four matches, along with Van Lierop, who finished the weekend with, a team-high, 40 kills. Sophomore Erin Carlisle earned a spot on the all-tournament team with her 2.0 dig per game and 1.08 block per game performance on the weekend.