Sept. 21, 2012
IRVING, Texas -
Tulsa swept Marshall (25-18, 25-17, 25-16) in Conference USA play on Friday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Golden Hurricane (9-7, 2-0 C-USA) hit a modest .274 (40-9-113) while holding the Thundering Herd (11-5, 1-1 C-USA) to a .091 attack clip (35-24-121). Leading the Tulsa charge was the duo of senior outside hitters Tyler Henderson and Diana Silva. Each had nine kills and four digs during the match, while Henderson hit .400 and Silva hit .296. Senior libero Jessica Adams collected a team leading 21 digs and chipped in a career-high eight assists. Senior setter Jordan Clampitt added 13 assists and 12 digs for her third double-double of the season. Sophomore setter Bailey Clampitt paced the team with 14 assists and tallied nine digs.
Kirsten Gallagher rocketed a career-high 16 kills off a personal best .609 hitting clip as UAB defeated Houston, 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 15-25, 25-12, 15-11) at Bartow Arena. She filled out the box score by adding five digs and three aces to her career-best kill total.
In UAB's first conference match of the season, Gallagher, a fifth-year senior, sparked a late rally for the Blazers (7-8, 1-0). Overall, UAB out-hit Houston (1-11, 0-2 C-USA), .258 to .203, in a match that featured a seesaw showing of momentum.
Sam Serley, who was recently named to the Senior CLASS Award watch list, finished with 12 kills and hit .381 for the match, nailed down seven of her last eight swings, including a perfect 3-for-3 in the fifth and deciding frame. Serley added five total blocks for the night, marking the eighth time this season she reached five-or-more blocks.
Houston was led by Stephanie Nwachukwu's 15 kills and five block assists, en route to her team-best 17.5 total points. Teammate Katie Norris posted a double-double, finishing with 13 kills and 18 digs.
Southern Miss claimed a win in its conference opener as the Golden Eagles outlasted Tulane in a five-set match, 3-2 (25-18, 9-25, 25-23, 18-15, 15-10). USM (5-8, 1-0) had a trio of players notch double figure kills led by sophomore Jasmine Crowell with 17. Senior Halie Ecker and freshman Quinci Hayward added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Sophomore Alex Pfefferle came up with 13 digs to go with three aces. Sophomore setter Kristen handed out 47 assists.
Martone led Tulane with a match-high 24 kills to go with 16 digs. Weaver added 19 kills while Milica Jovic chipped in 11. Azarri Badawi also had 16 digs while Mel Mandelbaum finished with 58 assists and 14 digs. Tulane out-hit the Golden Eagles .363 to .222 and out-dug USM 65 to 46.
After a close second set, SMU took the third set against East Carolina 25-13 to complete the sweep of the Pirates (25-17, 25-22, 25-13) in Moody Coliseum. Maddie Lozano led the charge with 12 kills, three aces and two blocks for the Mustangs, and Caroline Young scored 10 kills, hitting a team-high .348. Bailey had assists on 36 of SMU's 39 kills, and Manning finished with nine kills and two blocks, bringing her career total to 512, just 18 away from Kendra Kahanek's SMU record of 530. Bailey and Susan Lewis each had a team-high six digs.
Nicole Willis recorded 10 kills for East Carolina. Willis was the only Pirate to reach double-figure kills in the setback. Her 10 kills marked the fourth straight match in which she notched double-figure kills. She also recorded eight digs, a pair of assists and a blocks.
Rice extended its winning streak to four matches and posted its third straight sweep as it defeated Memphis 3-0. Jillian Humphrey posted 12 kills and hit .688 (12K-1E-16TA). In her last two matches, she has an attack percentage of .679 and 20 total kills. Reigning three-time C-USA Setter of the Week Megan Murphy posted 34 assists, and needs just three more to reach 2,000 for her career. Murphy added in seven kills on .417 hitting (7K-2E-12TA), two service aces and six digs. Noelle Whitlock led the Owls with 10 digs, and filled the stat sheet with six kills, four assists and two blocks.
Rice (9-7, 2-0 C-USA) has won 12 straight sets, dating back to Sept. 18.
Marija Jovanovic and Altrese Hawkins led Memphis (5-10, 0-1 C-USA) with nine kills apiece. Jaden Louie recorded 23 assists while Aleksandra Petronijevic recorded a match-high 11 digs.
UTEP swept UCF, 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-21) to earn their first Conference USA victory of the season.
Xitlali Herrera led the Miners attack with 16 kills, 10 digs, three blocks (1s/2a) and a .560 hitting percentage. Setter Malia Patterson registered her fifth double-double of the season with 42 assists and 13 digs. While teammate Jeane Horton posted 13 kills and two block assists to top the Knights. UTEP recorded 51 kills, 46 assists, 53 digs, eight team blocks and a .306 hitting efficiency against UCF.
It was a record-setting night for UCF senior libero Meredith Murphy as she picked up 12 digs to shatter the UCF program record of 1,644 by Miriam Metzcus set in 1994. Murphy solidified herself as one of the greatest defensive players in UCF history with this record. UCF was unable to clinch its fourth Conference USA-opening win since it joined the league in 2005. The loss also snapped the Knights sixth-match winning streak in the series and brought their all-time record to 6-5 against the visitors.
|C-USA VOLLEYBALL RESULTS & HIGHLIGHTS
| Friday, Sept. 21
| at SMU3, East Carolina 0
|| Maddie Lozano and Caroline Young produced 12 and 10 kills, respectively, as the team hit .260 for the match.
Nicole Willis led ECU with 10 kills while Shelby Beasley posted a team-best 12 digs.
| at UAB 3, Houston 2
|| Kirsten Gallagher stepped up with a match leading 16 kills and a .609 hitting clip. Sam Serley and Kate Morrell added 12 kills apiece for the Blazers. Stephanie Nwachukwu and Katie Norris topped Houston with 15 and 13 kills, respectively. UAB held the offensive edge with a .258 to .203 hitting percentage.
| at Tulsa 3, Marshall 0
|| Jessica Adams hustled for a match-best 21 digs. Sisters Bailey and Jordan Clampitt dished out a respective 14 and 13 assists while the team hit . 274 for the match. Marshall hit. 091 for the match but had Katy Schad to land another double-double with 11 kills and 15 digs. Dorothy Rahal, C-USA Defensive Player of the Week, had 18 digs. Laura Der led the Herd with 16 kills.
| Rice 3, at Memphis 0
|| Jillian Humphrey led Rice with 12 kills on 16 attempts with only one error for a solid .688 efficiency. Altrese Hawkins and Marija Jovanovic each had nine kills for Memphis.
| at Southern Miss 3, Tulane 2
|| Jasmine Crowell led Southern Miss with 17 kills, followed by 11 from Halie Ecker and 10 from Quinci Hayward. The Green Wave had three players in double digits kills and digs led by Cori Martone's match best of 24 kills and 16 digs. Tulane hit .363 for the match while USM finished at .222. The Green Wave had 13 service errors.
| UTEP 3, at UCF 0
|| Xitlali Herrera had a match-high 16 kills, 10 digs and a pair of blocks while hitting a spectacular .560 percentage. The Miners hit .306 for the match and out dug UCF, 53-38. Angelica Crump paced the Knight offense with 12 kills but it was Meredith Murphy's 12 digs that made history as she became the program's all-time leaders with 1,644 career digs.
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Updated Volleyball Standings & Stats
Sun., Sept. 23
- East Carolina at Tulsa (C-USADN) 1 p.m.
- Houston at Memphis (C-USADN) 1 p.m.
- Marshall at SMU (C-USADN) 1 p.m.
- Rice at UAB (C-USADN) 1 p.m.
- Southern Miss at UTEP (C-USADN) 1 p.m.
- UCF at Tulane (C-USADN) 1 p.m.
- - C-USA Matches