Volleyball Hits The Road For A Pair Of C-USA Division Matchups
Nov. 1, 2012
TULSA, Okla. -
"It is a big week for us, but we are glad that this is our last road weekend, for a long time, until hopefully we make the NCAA Tournament," commented Head Coach Steven McRoberts. "We are going to be gone for five days, and we have a not-so-typical Thursday match before playing Sunday at UTEP."
The Golden Hurricane ranks ninth in the nation in kills per set (14.50), 15th in assists (13.48) and 15th in digs per set (17.91). TU and Yale are the only two schools in the country to rank in the top-15 in all three categories.
As a squad, Tulsa is hitting .214, which is the third best attack percentage in C-USA, while opponents hold an attack clip of .175, the best mark in the league. The Hurricane allows the fewest service aces in the league as foes only average 0.54 services aces per set.
Senior outside hitter Tyler Henderson, the reigning C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, leads the nation in kills per set, averaging 5.23 per frame, and is tied for the NCAA lead with points per set with 5.73 per set.
Senior libero Jessica Adams paces the conference averaging 5.20 digs per frame, which ranks 40th nationally.
Junior outside hitter Kellie Culbertson is ranked 23rd in the nation in aces per set with a 0.43 average, while she ranks second in the team in kills per stanza with 2.59 and third in digs per frame with a 3.30 clip.
Tulane enters this weekend sitting with a 5-18 regular season record and a 3-9 conference mark. The Green Wave is hitting .185 while opponents hold an attack percentage of .228. Cori Martone leads the Tulane offense with a 3.60 kills per set average, while Azarri Badwai leads the club with 2.99 digs per frame.
UTEP sits in fifth-place in the C-USA Standings with a 13-11 overall record and a 7-5 conference ledger. The Miners are hitting a conference best mark of .238, while foes have an attack clip of .198. Jeane Horton leads the Miners attack with 4.27 kills per frame, while Xitali Herrera is second on the team with 3.08 kills per set. Cassandra Burruel is second in the conference in blocks per set with a 1.19 average.
After the road swing, Tulsa returns home to host Rice on November 9, before celebrating Senior Day against Houston on November 11.
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