Southern Cal sweeps past Tulsa
Four Trojans record double-digit kills to lead offensive charge
LOS ANGELES -- USC had four players with double-digit kills, led by Alexis Olgard's 11 kills and .733 hitting percentage, as the Trojans swept past Tulsa in second-round action of the NCAA tournament on Saturday evening.
Tyler Henderson and Kellie Culbertson combined for 22 kills to lead Tulsa, but the Hurricane fell short by scores of 25-10, 25-20, 25-19.
The Golden Hurricane ends its season a 28-7 after winning its second consecutive Conference USA Championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament in consecutive years.
Culbertson, a native of nearby Long Beach, Calif., tallied her second consecutive double-double and 14th of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs, hitting .257, while Henderson recorded 10 kills in the match. Diana Silva had 19 digs and Jessica Adams 13 digs for the Hurricane. Jordan Clampitt and Bailey Clampitt recorded 22 and 14 assists, respectively.
Tulsa fought back from a 25-10 loss in the first set and kept each of the next two frames much closer, losing by five and six points, 25-20 and 25-19. The Hurricane kept the Women of Troy on their toes, particularly in the final frame, when it stayed as close as three points until the end when USC pulled away.
Tulsa hit .158 as a team (39-20-120) with 39 kills, 38 assists, one service ace, 56 digs and 3.0 blocks. USC hit .372 (48-6-113) with 48 kills, 41 assists, two aces, 52 digs and 7.0 blocks.
USC hit .444 and had 4.0 blocks in the opening set, while Tulsa hit -.029 with eight kills. Henderson had five of those eight kills, while Culbertson added five digs and Jordan Clampitt had six assists. The Trojans converted 10 of 11 sideout opportunities.
Tulsa began the second set with two consecutive kills, the opposite of its two errors to open the match. TU took a 5-2 lead, and was tied 7-7 before USC began to pull away to a 25-20 win. The Women of Troy led by as much as seven points at 22-15, but the Hurricane fought back to score five of the final eight points in the set. Silva had 12 digs and Culbertson had six kills. TU hit .250 in the second frame, while USC hit .362.
The Hurricane took a 3-2 lead early in the third set, but USC came back with a 9-2 run to move ahead 11-5. Tulsa closed the score to 17-14 with a 9-6 spurt, and trailed by three points as late as 22-19 before the Trojans scored the final three points of the set. TU hit .214 with 16 kills and 20 digs in the final frame, while USC hit .333 with 16 kills and 16 digs.