Tulsa Opens C-USA Home Campaign this Weekend
Oct. 2, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa volleyball team opens its Conference USA home campaign on Friday at 7 p.m. against Rice and plays North Texas at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa (12-4, 1-0 C-USA) is looking to build on its four-match winning streak, as it defeated UAB 3-2 after trailing 2-0 to open C-USA schedule on the road last Sunday.
The Golden Hurricane recorded 125 digs against UAB, which is the second most in school history and tied for the third most in C-USA history in league matches. TU had four players record 19-plus digs in the match.
Senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson tied a career-high with 20 kills and added 23 digs against UAB. Junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssine recorded a career-high 20 kills and added 25 digs, one shy of her career high, against UAB. El Houssine was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Culbertson and El Houssine became the first teammates to record 20-plus kills and 20-plus digs in the same match since 1994.
Culbertson leads TU with 3.31 kills per set and 0.57 service aces, which leads C-USA and ranks eighth in the NCAA.
Rice (4-12, 1-1 C-USA) holds a 20-17 advantage over TU, but the Hurricane has won the last five matches against the Owls. The Owls are lead by Jillian Humphrey with 3.05 kills per set, Sara Blasier with 9.18 assists per set and Daneila Arenas with 4.12 digs per set.
The Hurricane holds a 13-5 advantage over North Texas (10-8, 2-0 C-USA) with the last meeting coming in 2008 when TU defeated the Mean Green 3-0 at the ORU Classic. TU has won the last four meetings over North Texas.
The Golden Hurricane travels to Florida next weekend to play Florida Atlantic on Friday at 7 p.m. and Florida International on Sunday at noon.
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