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Tulsa To Face SMU In Noon Tilt To Kick Off C-USA Volleyball Championship

The Golden Hurricane enter this weekends C-USA Volleyball Championship as the No. 1 seed
The Golden Hurricane enter this weekends C-USA Volleyball Championship as the No. 1 seed
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Nov. 15, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa Volleyball team begins its quest for the Conference USA Volleyball Championship title and an automatic bid for the 2012 NCAA Tournament on Friday, November 16, with a noon tilt against SMU in the first round of the tournament.

The Golden Hurricane, the tournament's No. 1 seed, enters the tournament with a 21-9 overall record and a 14-2 conference ledger while SMU secured the No. 8 seed with a 10-18 mark and a 7-9 conference record.

Tulsa ranks 19th in the nation in kills per set (14.39) 20th in assists per frame (13.36) and 22nd in digs per stanza (17.74). TU is hitting .210 on the season while foes hold an attack percentage of .173.

The Hurricane is led by 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year Tyler Henderson, who is second in the nation in kills per set with 5.09, and third in points per frame with a 5.58 clip. She became only the second person in league history to be a first-team all-conference selection four straight years and only the second person to be named Player of the Year three times.

Jessica Adams was honored for the second straight year as the C-USA Libero of the Year and earned a spot on the first-team all-conference squad. Adams leads the C-USA in digs per set with a 5.16 average, and ranks third in C-USA history in career digs.

Kellie Culbertson ranks 28th in the nation in aces per set with 0.42 per frame, and ranks second in the league in the category. She also was named to the second-team all-conference team for a second-straight season.

The Golden Hurricane holds a 7-4 record in Conference USA Tournament matches, including a 2007 C-USA Tournament Championship. Tulsa holds a 1-0 record against SMU in the tournament as the Hurricane defeated the Mustangs 3-0 in the 2006 edition.

The Mustangs have won two of their past seven contests after Tulsa snapped SMU's four match winning streak on October 19. SMU is hitting .186 on the season while foes hit .226. SMU averages 11.67 kills per set and is fifth in the conference in blocks per set with a 2.15 average.

Leading the Mustangs is Caroline Young, who averages 3.34 kills per set. She also paces the league in service aces per frame with a 0.43 clip. Maddie Lozanzo is fourth in the conference in blocks with 1.14 per set, and Olivia Bailey is fifth in the league in assists with 9.52 per frame.

The winner of the first round moves on to the semifinals on Saturday, November 17, where it would play the winner of the UTEP/UAB first round matchup in a 3 p.m. tilt. For all Tulsa volleyball news and information, visit www.TulsaHurricane.com. Follow Tulsa Athletics on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TulsaHurricane and Facebook at www.facebook.com/TulsaHurricane. Follow Tulsa Volleyball on Twitter (www.twitter.com/TulsaVolleyball) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/TulsaVolleyball).