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Oct. 18, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa volleyball team will head down to Dallas, Texas, to face SMU on Friday, October 19 in a 7 p.m. tilt at Moody Coliseum.

Tulsa enters this weekend in first place in the Conference USA standings with a 15-8 overall record and an 8-1 conference ledger.

"We are feeling pretty good about being 8-1," commented Head Coach Steven McRoberts. "There are quite a few areas that we can improve on, and we have escaped a few matches with wins. We are in control of our own destiny in regards to of the regular season championship. It is going to be a tight race down to the end, we are only one match up on Rice and Marshall. We have the tiebreaker against Marshall, and we don't see them again. There are a ton of teams behind those two lumped in there that are .500 or better. A lot is going to play out in the next four weeks, and hopefully we find ourselves at the top when it is all said and done."

The Last Meeting
September 19, 2012
Reynolds Center
Tulsa Takes Down SMU In Four Sets
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa women's volleyball team defeated SMU 3-1 (25-15, 24-26, 25-23, 25-8) to win its Conference USA opener on Wednesday, September 19 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

The Golden Hurricane ranks ninth in the nation in kills per set with 14.63 kills per frame. Tulsa also ranks 13th in the NCAA in assists per set with 13.53, and 14th in digs per set with 17.76.

Senior outside hitter Tyler Henderson, this week's AVCA/Sport Imports National Player of the Week, leads the Tulsa offense averaging 5.31 kills per set and 5.82 points per frame. Both of those marks rank second in the country.

Senior libero Jessica Adams paces the TU defense with 5.22 digs per frame, which not only leads the C-USA, but ranks 33rd nationally.

Junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson is second on the team in kills per set (2.66) and third in digs per set (3.29), while senior outside hitter Diana Silva is third in kills per frame (2.17) and second in digs per stanza (3.33).

SMU enters the contest with an 8-13 record and a 5-4 conference mark. Caroline Young paces the Mustang attack with 3.28 kills per set, which ranks 10th in the C-USA. Young also ranks 25th in the country in service aces with a league-leading 0.43 aces per frame. Maddie Lozano averages 1.10 blocks per set to rank fourth in the conference. Courtney Manning is SMU's career blocks leader and ranks third in the league in attack percentage with a .328 clip.

"They have been playing well at home, and they have won four in a row, so they are one of the hotter teams in the conference," McRoberts said. "It is going to take a good match from us, possibly the best match that we have played in a while to get a win down there. It is going to be an important match for conference standings as we start to head closer towards the conference tournament and the post season."

After Friday's match, Tulsa will have six days to prepare for its next opponent, Memphis. The Hurricane will hit the road for its final conference regular season match against the Tigers on Thursday, October 25. TU will wrap up play that weekend when UAB comes to Green Country on Sunday, October 28 for a 1 p.m. contest.

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