C-USA Volleyball Championship
2012 C-USA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, Nov. 17
Sunday, Nov. 18
TULSA, Okla. - UCF is set to appear in its first Conference USA Volleyball Championship title match as the Knights defeated No. 7 seed Houston in straight-sets, 25-23, 25-22, 28-26. The third seeded Knights held off a very talented Houston team for the win and the right to face top-seed and host Tulsa inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
The winner of the championship match will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The title match will be carried live on CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Lindsey Berg on site to call the action. Hurricane fans that attended Saturday's football game can gain FREE admission to the championship match by showing their ticket stubs.
UCF was led by sophomore middle blocker DeLaina Sarden and senior outside hitter Evija Vilde who had 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Senior setter Marie Reiterova posted a double-double with 43 assists and 12 digs. Freshman outside hitter Kayla Keller also tallied 12 digs, while senior libero Meredith Murphy led the club with 17.
Senior outside hitter Katie Norris led the Cougars (9-19) with a match-high 16 kills, as well as eight digs and five block assists. Senior outside hitter Chandace Tryon finished the match with 10 kills and five block assists. Sophomore libero Natalie Keck led the match with 21 digs. Houston posted 18 block assists to UCF's eight.
UCF (16-14) felt lucky to have won the match as Houston out hit (.171 to .155), out dug (66 to 55) and out blocked (10 to 6) the Knights.
Tulsa advances to championship match
TULSA, Okla. - Top seed and host Tulsa rallied in all three sets to defeat fourth-seed UAB 25-21, 25-21, 25-20 in the first of two semifinal matches Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. With the victory, the Golden Hurricane (23-9) advances to their second Conference USA Volleyball Championship title match (2007).
Head coach Steven McRoberts had four players with double-digits digs. Two-time C-USA Libero of the Year, Jessica Adams had a match-high 28 digs, followed by 16 from Diana Silva, 14 by setter Jordan Clampitt and Kellie Culbertson tallied 12. Clampitt has directed the offense with 26 assists and a team hitting percentage of .173 (46-20-150). Offensively, TU was led by C-USA Player of the Year Tyler Henderson. The senior OH registered match-highs with 17 kills and three block solos.
Junior outside hitter Ally Slaughter paced the Blazer's offense with nine kills, while eight came from seniors Sam Serley and Kirsten Gallagher. Junior libero Rachel Fairbanks had a team-high 20 digs and Kate Morrell added 17. Senior setter Alison Woods was the only Blazer with a double-double with 20 assists and 12 digs. Head coach Kerry Messersmith's club ends its season hitting .112 (36-19-152).
Tulsa will face the winner of the (3) UCF and (7) Houston match Sunday at 1 p.m. CT inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center. The winner of the championship match will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The title match will be carried live on CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Lindsey Berg on site to call the action.
Hurricane fans that attended Saturday's football game can gain FREE admission to the championship match by showing their ticket stubs.
DAY ONE RECAPS
UCF set to appear in first C-USA semifinal match
TULSA, Okla. - UCF used a balance attack to eliminate sixth-seed Marshall, 3-1 (26-28, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21), in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Conference USA Volleyball Championship in Tulsa, Okla. With the victory, the No. 3 seed Knights will be making their first appearance in the conference championship semifinals. UCF will face No. 7 seed Houston at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Knights had four players with 10-or-more kills. Senior OH Evija Vilde led the club with 17, followed by junior OH Angelica Crump who had 15 kills and 10 came from sophomore Ashley Gialenios. Sophomore DeLaina Sarden, an All-C-USA first team selection, ended the match with nine kills and six blocks (four solo, two assists). Also on the defensive end, the Knights had strong performances from Meredith Murphy, Roxy Mendez and Marie Reiterova. Murphy and Mendez tallied 14 and 13 digs, respectively, while Reiterova accounted for 10. Reiterova also directed the offense as she dished out 52 assists on the evening.
As a team, UCF hit .185 (58-28-162) and recorded 69 digs and 10 blocks.
Junior OH Laura Der had a stellar match for Marshall as she accounted for 23 of the team's 48 kills and hustled for 14 digs for the team's only double-double. Junior Sacha Byous-McConnel accounted for 12 kills. Senior OH/DS Katy Schad concluded her collegiate career with a match-high 26 digs and six kills.
Marshall (18-13) registered a .153 (48-25-153) clip while recording 66 digs and seven blocks.
Houston pulls the upset over second-seed Rice
TULSA, Okla. - Second seed Rice jumped out to a 2-0 lead before seventh-seed Houston responded by winning the final three sets to advance to the semifinals of the 2012 Conference USA Volleyball Championship in Tulsa, Okla. The Cougars dropped the opening sets 23-25 and 19-25 but after intermission UH rallied to take the third and fourth sets with identical 25-21 scores. Houston never trailed in the fifth set and led by as many as five before claiming the match 15-12.
A trio of seniors led the Cougars as All-C-USA first teamer Katie Norris connected on a match-high 21 kills, followed by Stephanie Nwachukwu's 17 and 13 came from Chandace Tryon. Senior setter Abby Simmons paced the offensive with 54 assists while Natalie Keck registered a match-best 31 digs. Olivia O'Dell (18), Simmons (16) and Meredith Ware (13) assisted in slowing down the Owls offensive as they totaled 10-or-more digs.
Rice (19-12) was led by All-C-USA first teamer Nancy Cole who produced a team-high 19 kills. Four players were in double figures in digs, topped off by 26 from Daniela Arenas. Kimberly Vaio and Megan Murphy each had 17 and Noelle Whitlock contributed 11. Sophomore middle blocker Jillian Humphrey led the match with five blocks (three solo, two assists)
Both squads recorded a .148 hitting efficiency as Rice out blocked the Cougars, 10-8. Houston claimed a three dig advantage, 95-92.
Houston (9-18) will face the winner of the (3) UCF and (6) Marshall match Saturday at 5 p.m.
UAB set to take on Tulsa in semifinals
TULSA, Okla. - Seniors Sam Serley and Rachel Fairbanks broke a pair of UAB's single season records in the team's 3-0 victory over UTEP in the first round of the 2012 Conference USA Volleyball Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
Serley netted a match-high eight blocks to take over as the program's block leader with a C-USA best 179 on the season. That figure ranks fourth on the conference's single season chart. She also tallied 12 kills on 25 attempts with only three errors for a hitting percentage of .360.
Fairbanks led the team with 18 digs to set her own single season record. She now owns a league-best 632 and ranks eighth on the C-USA ledger. Teammate Kate Morrell also registered 18 digs in the team's win.
The Blazers ended the match hitting .279 (43-9-122), tallied 12 block assists, three solos and 66 digs.
UTEP (16-13) was led by a pair of All-C-USA first teamers in Jeane Horton and Xitlali Herrera. The duo posted a respective 18 and 10 kills. Herrera also had 10 digs to end the season with a double-double. As a team, the Miners were only able to record a .103 clip (38-24-136) and net five blocks to UAB's nine.
UAB (20-13) will take on host and top seed Tulsa (22-9) Saturday at 3 p.m.
TULSA, Okla. - C-USA Player of the Year Tyler Henderson led Tulsa with a match-best 23 kills as top seed Tulsa defeated eighth seed SMU, 3-0 (25-23, 2519, 25-18) in the opening match of the 2012 Conference USA Volleyball Championship inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla.
The Golden Hurricane hit .318 (49-14-110) and recorded 41 digs for the match to advance to the semifinals Saturday at 3 p.m. Tulsa (22-9) will face the winner of the (5) UTEP and (4) UAB match.
Henderson's ended the day with an impressive .700 clip as she connected on 23 of her 30 attempts with only a pair of errors. Senior Jordan Clampitt and sister Bailey Clampitt guided the offense as the two tallied 28 and 17 assists, respectively. Defensively, TU was guided by Kellie Culbertson's 11 digs while senior Jessica Adams and Diana Silva each contributed eight.
SMU (10-19) was led by sophomore OH Caroline Young and freshman MB Abbey Bybel who recorded 10 kills each. Senior L Susan Lewis led the match with 14 digs, followed by Olivia Bailey's 10. The Mustangs posted four blocks to Tulsa's three and ended the season hitting .230 (38-15-100).
C-USA DIGITAL NETWORK
The quarterfinals and semifinals of the 2012 C-USA Volleyball Championship will be available for viewing exclusively on the C-USA Digital Network. Fans can also track match-by-match action on Gametracker on the C-USA Championship Central home page.
Semifinal action is set for Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3 and 5 p.m. Central. The winner of the Nov. 18 championship match will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The title match will be carried live on CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Lindsey Berg on site to call the action.
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