TULSA 3, WEBER STATE 2 (25-22, 25-20, 24-26, 20-25, 15-10)
TULSA, OK – Tulsa jumped ahead by two sets, gave it back as Weber State refused to go quietly, and then put it all together with a quality effort in the fifth set to top the Wildcats and earn a spot in the semifinals of the 2019 NIVC.
The Golden Hurricane (18-15) will play at South Dakota in one semifinal, set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 14. With her 39 digs, Tulsa senior Taylor Horsfall is now the all-time digs leader for the program at 2,470, which is also the top mark in the history of the American Athletic Conference.
Tulsa had a 16-7 lead in Set 1, but after a 13-4 run Weber State had things tied back up at 20-all. The Golden Hurricane came out fast after a timeout and secured the set with a kill from Maddie Rhoder. Set 2 also had big momentum shifts, with Tulsa taking a 10-6 lead and Weber State later going on top, 17-16. Callie Cook closed the set with a kill for the Golden Hurricane.
Set 3 saw the Wildcats get on the board as Kennedy Williams got the final kill, and they went from a 6-6 tie in Set 4 to a 12-6 lead before pulling away and evening the match at two sets apiece. In the fifth set, Tulsa scored the final five points to seal the victory.
Callie Cook had 16 kills for Tulsa. Kayley Cassaday and Rhoder both had 12 kills, and Hannah Overmyer added 10 kills and 10 digs. Roosa Rautio had 29 assists.
The Wildcats (26-9) got 18 kills apiece from Megan Gneiting and Dani Nay. Weber State had five players with more than 10 digs; Katelyn Erwin had 27, and Gneiting, Rylin Roberts and Helena Khouri each had 17 digs. Ashlyn Power closed with 48 assists and 15 digs.