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MT defeated by Tulsa

Raiders fall to 6-3 in C-USA; return to action Sunday at ECU

November 1, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee volleyball team fell to first-place Tulsa in four sets on Friday night at Alumni Memorial Gym. In the defeat, the Blue Raiders drop to 14-9 and 6-3 in Conference USA, while the Golden Hurricane improves to 21-4 and 10-0 in C-USA.

Sophomore Chelsea Ross notched her fourth consecutive double-double and 10th of the year, tallying 14 kills and 11 digs in the match. Redshirt-sophomore Tyler Richardson and freshman Jale Hervey each added 10 kills, while Richardson had six blocks. Redshirt-junior Kendall Howard recorded 22 digs in the match, while sophomore Shelby Anderton had 36 assists.

Middle Tennessee opened the first set in electric fashion, holding leads of 7-1 and 10-3 in the opening stanza. Tulsa answered, though, with a 10-2 run giving the Golden Hurricane a 13-12 advantage. Neither team would lead by more than two points from that time until Tulsa rattled off three in a row for a 23-20 cushion. The Blue Raiders would pull to within 24-22 before Tulsa finished them off on the next point for the 25-22 first set victory.

Tulsa took the second set far more convincingly, a 25-19 victory in which the Golden Hurricane posted a .345 hitting percentage. The Blue Raiders went to the intermission down 2-0 for the seventh time in 2013, but unlike the previous six, created a different outcome in the third set.

Middle Tennessee led 17-16 before a 5-0 run comprised of a block from Richardson, Hervey and redshirt-freshman Jazmyne Johnson, kills by Hervey and Anderton, and redshirt-junior Monet Marshall teaming up with Hervey and Johnson on back-to-back blocks gave the Blue Raiders a 22-16 advantage. Tulsa would not go quietly, scoring three of the next four points before a Hervey kill and an ace by sophomore Kristina Headrick won the third set at 25-19.

Tulsa was in control throughout the fourth set, limiting itself to one attack error while holding Middle Tennessee to a .024 hitting percentage on its way to a 25-13 victory to clinch the match, 3-1.

The Blue Raiders return to action on Sunday when they travel to Greenville, N.C. for a match at East Carolina, slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. CT. A Blue Raider win will clinch a spot in the 2013 Conference USA Volleyball Championship, to be played Nov. 21-24 at Alumni Memorial Gym.

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