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Volleyball Team Enjoys Time in Big Apple.

Juniors Ashley Forgge' and Kara Hidinger helped TU to a 4-0 record last week.
Juniors Ashley Forgge' and Kara Hidinger helped TU to a 4-0 record last week.
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Oct. 9, 2000

The University of Tulsa volleyball team had a big time in the big city, going 4-0 on a weekend trip to New York City. On Thurdsay, the Hurricane defeated St. Francis (NY), 3-0, then defeated host Long Island, 3-0. TU then took a trip to Staten Island to defeat Fairleigh-Dickinson, 3-1, and host Wagner 3-0.

The four victories extended the Golden Hurricane's non-confernece win streak to 16 matches. This season TU is a perfect 14-0 against non-WAC opponents, a program best. The previous high for non-confernce victories was nine in the 1998 season.

As a team, TU outhit the four Northeastern Conference squads .354 to .026 holding St. Francis and Wagner to a negative hitting percentage. Tulsa averaged 14.15 kills per game compared to 6.54 for the other teams. Defensively, TU averaged 14.69 digs per game to 10.15 for the other teams. They also recorded 26 total blocks, while their opponents only recorded 11.

The Hurricane also enjoyed the weekend as individuals. Junior Kara Hidinger's .733 hitting percentage against Long Island is the fourth-best all-time for a single match in TU history. The Hurricane's team percentage of .458 also tied the school record for best percentage in a single match. The previous mark was set in the 1992 season against Southern Illinois.

Against Wagner, sophomore Erin Carlisle hit .800 for the third best hitting percentage in TU history. Tulsa had its best match defensively against the Seahawks as only one person for Wagner finished the contest with a positive hitting percentage. Of the 13 athletes that played in the contest for WC, one recorded a kill in three attempts for a .333 percentage. The other 12 players finished with either a negative percentage or a .000 percentage. As a team, Wagner was held to only eight kills and a -.141 hitting percentage. Both figures were season-bests for the Golden Hurricane.