Oct. 17, 2012
IRVING, Texas -
Conference USA is at the half-way point in its 2012 volleyball season. With eight matches remaining, two-time defending C-USA champion Tulsa (15-8, 8-1 C-USA) tops the leader board with a slight advantage over Rice (14-9, 7-2 C-USA) and Marshall (16-6, 6-2 C-USA). Currently sitting in third place is UAB (13-11, 5-3 C-USA). The Blazers are the hottest team in the league, winners of six straight. SMU has won four consecutive matches to boost its conference record to 5-4 (8-13 overall) and be in a three-way tie for fifth place with UTEP and Houston. '
This weekend will have three of the top four teams in the league on the road - Tulsa, Rice and UAB. Marshall will host the Blazers while Tulane welcomes Rice to town. The match of the weekend could be SMU hosting the Golden Hurricane. These two teams have battled it out during the last two years with the Mustangs being the only C-USA program to defeat TU.
C-USA Volleyball Notebook
C-USA Volleyball Stats
Friday, Oct. 19
Memphis at East Carolina 6 p.m.
UAB at Marshall 6 p.m.
Southern Miss at UCF 6 p.m.
Rice at Tulane 7 p.m.
Tulsa at SMU 7 p.m.
Houston at UTEP 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21
UAB at East Carolina 12 p.m.
Memphis at Marshall 12 p.m.
Houston at Tulane 1 p.m.
Rice at UTEP 1 p.m.
UCF at Southern Miss 1 p.m.
All C-USA matches
>>>>> After earning Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week accolades Monday, Tulsa senior OH TYLER HENDERSON was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. It is the second time that Henderson has won the award, as she took home the honor back in 2010 after she set a NCAA record in the 25-point era with 45 kills in a Tulsa 3-2 victory over SMU on October 6.
It also marks the fourth national honor for Conference USA history. UCF's Rachel Vukson (2011) and Kelly-Anne Billingy
of Marshall (2005) are the other two national honorees.
Henderson, the career points leader in Conference USA history, averaged 6.12 kills, 6.94 points per set, 1.12 digs per set and hit .430 as Tulsa (15-8, 8-1 C-USA) picked up two victories against league foes. A two-time second team AVCA All-American, Henderson ranks second in the nation in kills with 5.31 per set and points with 5.82 per frame this year.
>>>>> UAB's SAM SERLEY recorded her 500th career block against MTSU Tuesday, becoming just the third player in UAB (13-11, 3-3 C-USA) and ninth in C-USA history to reach this milestone. She finished the night with seven blocks (one solo, six assists) and 11 kills to close out a home stand with a perfect 5-0 record.
>>>>> With a 3-0 win over Rice Friday, Marshall extended its home winning streak to 9-0. The last time the Herd posted nine-straight home victories was during the 2005 season.
>>>>> Conference USA has three players to rank among the NCAA Top 50 in kills and points per set. Leading the group is Tulsa's TYLER HENDERSON. The senior OH currently ranks second in the nation in kills (5.31) and points (5.82) per set. UTEP's JEANE HORTON appears at No. 28 with 4.27 kps, followed by LAURA DER of Marshall with 4.23 kps. Der and Horton at tied at No. 30 with 4.80 points per set.
As a team, Tulsa and Rice among the nation's elite in kills, assists and digs per set. The Golden Hurricane are No. 9 in kills (14.63), No. 13 in assists (13.54) and No. 14 in digs (17.76). The Owls rank 27th in kills (14.26), 17th in assists (13.45) and 33rd in digs (17.09).