Volleyball To Host UTEP, Tulane This Weekend
Oct. 11, 2012
TULSA, Okla. -
Friday's match against UTEP marks TU's Dig for the Cure® match. Fans attending the match are encouraged to wear pink for breast cancer awareness. Fans wearing pink attire will receive a free popcorn and Pepsi from the concession stands. Tulsa will be donning its pink jerseys at all home matches during October in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a silent auction will take place at TU's three home contests where fans can bid on Tulsa pink merchandise.
"Breast Cancer has hit a lot us personally," commented Head Coach Steven McRoberts. "My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and Kyle Gamble's (Tulsa assistant coach) mother-in-law is a survivor. We also have multiple players on the team that have family members that have been affected by the disease. It is nice that volleyball does its part to bring awareness to the cause. It is just a small way that we can contribute to help create awareness for this cause." The Golden Hurricane (13-8, 6-1 Conference USA) is tied with Rice on top of the C-USA standings. Tulsa is hitting .206 on the season, and ranks 10th in the nation in kills per set averaging 14.58. TU ranks 14th in the nation in digs per set with 17.70 and 16th in assists per frame. Leading the Tulsa charge is senior outside hitter Tyler Henderson. Henderson ranks second in the nation in both kills (5.22) and points per set (5.70). Henderson had 22 and 20 kills last weekend against Southern Miss and UCF, respectively.
Senior libero Jessica Adams has tallied at least 20 digs in every Conference USA match this year, and ranks 37th in the nation in digs per set averaging 5.19. In Conference USA play alone, Adams has averaged 6.32 digs per frame.
Junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson is second on the team in both kills (2.81) and digs (3.41) per set, and has registered 13 double-doubles this year, one off of her season total from last year. She ranks second in the conference in service aces per set averaging 0.38 per frame.
UTEP enters Friday's contest with an 11-8 record and a 5-2 record in Conference USA play. The Miners lead the conference in hitting percentage with a .245 clip, and also blocks with 2.47 per frame. UTEP averages 13.66 kills per set and 12.49 assists per frame to rank third in the league, and allow the fewest digs with 13.66 per frame.
Jeane Horton averages 4.43 kills per frame to pace the Miners and to rank second in the conference, only behind TU's Tyler Henderson. Horton hits .321, which is the sixth-best percentage in C-USA.
Tulane enters this weekend with a 4-14 ledger and a 2-5 record in the conference, with C-USA victories over UTEP and UAB. The Green Wave averages an attack percentage of .187, while opponents hit .234. Tulane ranks in the top half in the league in service aces per frame (1.16), assists per set (11.68) and hitting percentage (.187).
Cori Martone leads the Green Wave offense with a 3.58 kills per set average that is sixth in the C-USA. She also ranks fifth in the league in service aces per frame with 0.29, and 16th in digs with a 3.00 digs per set clip.
"We are going to have to come out and be ready to play UTEP, but to be able to bounce back right away to face Tulane, which is a tough thing," McRoberts stated. "It is a little bit of an easier thing to do at home than on the road. You don't even have 48 hours and you are on the court again playing another team, sometimes for a completely different style of opponent. Our seniors have done it for almost four years, and hopefully we can regain some of that confidence that we had in the past and get two more wins this weekend. That is our goal along with getting better as we near the conference tournament."
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