TU Volleyball Tops Oral Roberts in Four Sets in Home Opener

TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa volleyball team won its home opener against Oral Roberts, 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 26-24), as senior Valerie El Houssine notched her fifth double-double of the season (17 kills, and a season-high 24 digs), while Erica Bohannon recorded a match-high 19 kills and Bailey Clampitt tallied 45 assists in front of a ruckus crowd at the Reynolds Center, Friday night.

The Hurricane dominated the match in the early going, jumping out to a 12-7 lead in the first stanza and forcing Oral Roberts (5-7) to call a quick timeout. Tulsa stayed in control of its crosstown rivals following the break, not allowing ORU to get within five points the rest of the set.

TU hit an astonishing .542 as a team in the opening frame, producing 15 kills on 24 attacks and committing just two errors. Bohannon led all players with six kills in the stanza.

The second set proved to be more of a challenge for Tulsa, with five ties and two lead changes. However, the home court advantage powered the Hurricane past ORU to take a convincing 2-0 lead in the match, as Bohannon and El Houssine recorded five kills in the frame.

The third set was tense throughout, with 10 ties and seven lead changes in a back-and-forth battle. Through the first 20 points the score was knotted at 10-10, as El Houssine was responsible for three of the points in that stretch.

The Hurricane started to pull away, taking a 17-13 lead, giving them the biggest of the set. The Eagles wouldn't go quietly, going on a 10-2 run to give the visitors their biggest lead of the match, 23-19.

After a TU timeout the Hurricane fought back to get the score within one, 24-23. ORU ended all doubt of a sweep, after a Laura Milos kill sent the match to a fourth set.

In the fourth the Hurricane jumped out to a quick 8-5 lead, the biggest lead from any team in the set. The Eagles bounced back to tie the game, 12-12 and eventually take a brief lead at 15-14, forcing Wills to call a timeout. ORU was forced to call a quick timeout after TU ran off three-straight points to take a 17-15 after the break.

The Hurricane did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the way, as Bohannon finished the match in heroic fashion, recording the final two kills of the match to send the home fans happy.

Tulsa will take on McNeese State tomorrow night a 7 p.m. for the final match of the Golden Hurricane Classic.

Sooners Fall At No. 13 North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team had its five-match win streak snapped in a 3-1 loss at No. 13 North Carolina at Carmichael Arena, Friday evening. The Sooners dropped to 9-3, while the Tar Heels improved to 8-1.

Oklahoma got off to a slow start with 25-14 and 25-16 losses in the first two sets before winning the third, 25-22. UNC claimed the fourth set, 25-18.

After the Tar Heels won the first, the two teams were tied. 9-9, in the second before UNC used a 16-7 run to win the set. In the third, OU head coach Santiago Restrepo made major changes to his lineup. Redshirt-sophomore outside hitter Madison Ward moved to libero to replace freshman Emma Kelly and redshirt-sophomore Summer Cole was inserted at middle blocker.

Oklahoma hit a collective .302 in the third set with three players contributing four kills. The Sooners totaled four blocks and held the Tar Heels to a .156 attack rate in the set.

For the match, North Carolina's Tatiana Durr led all players with 15 kills. Lauren McAdoo and Paige Neuenfeldt each reached double figures with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

Junior outside hitter Kierra Holst and freshman middle blocker Marion Hazelwood led the OU attack with 13 kills, apiece. Sophomore outside hitter Kimmy Gardiner added 10 kills.

Junior setter Julia Doyle notched her second double-double of the season with 37 assists and 11 digs. Ward matched her for the team-lead in digs at 11.

Jordyn Schnabl and Abigail Curry shared time at setter for UNC. Schnabl totaled a team-high 23 assists, while Curry added 19.

The Sooners' weekend wraps up with a 5:30 p.m. match at Duke on Saturday evening.