Tulsa Wins Second C-USA Championship Title
Championship Match Quotes
C-USA Volleyball Championship Stats
C-USA Volleyball Championship Bracket
Nov. 18, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa won its second Conference USA Volleyball Championship title as the Golden Hurricane defeated UCF, 25-15, 25-19, 25-17, inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center Sunday in Tulsa, Okla.
Tulsa also won the tournament title in 2007 and owns three-consecutive regular season (2012, 2011, 2010) crowns and four overall. TU receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The Golden Hurricane used an aggressive attack to eliminate the Knights in straight sets as TU hit .267 (46K-15E-116TA) for the match to UCF's .085 (33K-22E-129TB).
C-USA Player of the Year Tyler Henderson led the attack with 20 kills on 32 attempts. The senior outside hitter hit .500 over the three sets, only making four errors, and had three digs and three blocks. Tulsa had a balance attack defensively as three players recorded 10-or-more digs and had five plus blocks. C-USA Libero of the Year, Jessica Adams tallied a match-best 17 digs, followed by 16 from senior Diana Silva and 11 from junior Kellie Culbertson. Culbertson and sophomore Carly Boatwright netted a match-best six block assists while freshman Ashley Hooper had five.
Tulsa entered the match as one of the weaker teams in the league in blocks but head coach Steven McRoberts club posted 12 blocks (22 assists and one solo) to UCF's six in the championship match.
UCF was led by sophomore Ashley Gialenios and senior Tory McCutcheon with seven kills each. All-tournament selection DeLaina Sarden tallied five kills and five block assists. Senior setter Marie Reiterova ended the three-day event with a tournament high 12.50 assists per set, earning her all-tournament accolades.
Henderson, Adams and senior setter Jordan Clampitt were also named to the all-tournament team as well as UAB's Sam Serley.
C-USA Volleyball All-Tournament Team
2012 C-USA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Tulsa, Okla. / Donald W. Reynolds Center
Friday, Nov. 16
(1) Tulsa 3, (8) SMU 0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-18)
(4) UAB 3, (5) UTEP 0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-18)
(7) Houston 3, (2) Rice (23-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12)
(3) UCF 3, (6) Marshall 1 (26-28, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21)
Saturday, Nov. 17
(1) Tulsa 3, (4) UAB 0 (25, 21, 25-21, 25-20)
(3) UCF 3, (7) Houston 0 (25-23, 25-22, 28-26)
Sunday, Nov. 18
(1) Tulsa 3, (3) UCF 0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-17) (CBS SN)