Tulsa Travels To Houston For Pair Of Road Contests
Sept. 27, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - - The Tulsa volleyball team, after a stellar 3-0 conference start, will travel to Houston, Texas, for two road games. The Golden Hurricane will face Houston on Friday, September 28 in a 7 p.m. tilt before facing Rice on Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m.
"We know it is going to be a tough weekend both Friday and Sunday," Head Coach Steven McRoberts commented. "Any win you can get on the road you feel like you are stealing one and taking another step closer to winning a conference championship. We are going to have to be at our best for both of these matches."
Tulsa enters this weekend tied on top of the Conference USA standings with Rice, as both teams have identical 10-7 overall records and 3-0 conference ledgers. As a team, the Hurricane is hitting .201 while holding its opponents to a .191 attack clip. In conference play, TU has earned an attack percentage of .259 while foes are hitting .097. The Hurricane rank 17th in the nation in kills per set with 14.51, 21st in assists with 13.44 per frame, and 25th in regards to digs per frame with 17.39.
Leading the Tulsa attack is senior outside hitter Tyler Henderson, who ranks second in the nation in kills (5.14) and points (5.60) per set. Henderson currently ranks second in C-USA history in career points with 2,295.5 and third in career kills with 2,155.
Senior libero Jessica Adams headlines the defense, as the Tulsa career leader in digs averages 5.05 digs per set to rank 46th in the nation and to lead the conference. Adams only needs 13 digs to surpass Trish Ladusaw (Cincinnati, 1999-02) for fifth-place in conference history for career digs, as Adams has attained 2,062 during her TU career.
Junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson is second on the team in both kills (2.82) and digs (3.31) per set, and is 48th in the country in service aces with 0.44 per frame.
Houston enters Friday's affair with a 2-11 overall record and a 1-2 ledger in C-USA. The Cougars are hitting .159 on the season, while foes hold an attack percentage of .256. Houston has played a hard schedule as it has faced five teams ranked in the top-25 this season.
Katie Norris leads the Cougar offense as the senior outside hitter ranks seventh in the conference in kills per set with 3.63. Abby Simmons paces the squad averaging 7.86 assists per set, while Natalie Keck averages 3.60 digs per frame.
Rice leads the conference in hitting (.248) and assists (13.53 a/s), while it ranks second behind Tulsa in kills (14.29 k/s) and digs (16.02 d/s).
Megan Murphy, the Conference USA Co-Setter of the Week, paces the Owls and the conference averaging 11.25 assists per set. Nancy Cole leads the team in hitting with a .333 clip, while Megan Murphy is second with an attack percentage of .326 to rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in the league. Cole also is the team leader in kills per set with 3.63, which is the eighth best mark in the C-USA. Daniela Arenas averages 3.76 digs per frame to lead the Owls, while Jillian Humphrey ranks fourth in the conference in blocks with a 1.17 average.
Tulsa will conclude its four game road swing when it faces Southern Miss at 7 p.m. on October 5 before rounding the trip out with a tilt against UCF on Sunday, October 7 at 12 p.m.
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