CULBERTSON NAMED THE CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oct. 14, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Senior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.
"She had another great weekend for us," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said. "She does so many things for this team and she had a really solid weekend hitting. Her offensive numbers were great, but also she did a tremendous job in serve receive, serving, blocking and digging. I'm really happy for her. She's been right there on the cusp of winning a number of these player of the weeks, so I'm proud for her that she finally gets recognized for what she does for our team.
"She and I had a conservation last week about her play and how proud of her I was about her play. She has 100 percent brought in to try to win another championship. Even though I know that she's proud to win this individual award, she is putting all of her efforts into helping us win that fourth championship."
Culbertson connected on 12 of 24 total attacks with no attack errors for a .500 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep at Florida Atlantic on Friday night. She added 11 digs, one reception error in 23 attempts, three total blocks and 14.0 points.
The Long Beach, Calif., native became the seventh player in school history to record her 1,000th career kill and had 11 kills along with a .429 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep at FIU on Sunday afternoon. She added 13 digs, had no reception errors in 26 attempts, four service aces and 15.5 points.
Culbertson averaged 3.83 kills per set, 0.67 service aces per set, 4.00 digs per set, one reception error in 49 attempts, 0.67 blocks per set, 4.92 points per set and had a .467 hitting percentage over the past weekend.
Culbertson's four service aces over the weekend gives her 150 career service aces, which places her second in school history.
This is Culbertson's first player of the week award and the sixth consecutive player of the week for Tulsa. Freshman outside hitter Erica Bohannon was named the offensive player of the week on Sept. 9, junior setter Bailey Clampitt was named the setter of the week on Sept. 16, freshman libero Brooke Berryhill was named the defensive player of the week on Sept. 23 and Oct. 7 and junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssine was named the offensive player of the week on Sept. 30.
The Hurricane travels to Charlotte, N.C., to play the 49ers on Friday night and returns home against East Carolina at noon.
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