ARLINGTON, Texas -- The University of Houston Volleyball program fell 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 16-25, 25-20, 11-15) to UT Arlington in the finale of the UTA Invitational on Saturday night inside College Park Center.
With the decision, the Cougars fall to 1-2 on the season, while the Mavericks improve to 3-0.
For leading Houston in kills across all three matches, senior outside hitter Brianna Lynch earned All-Tournament honors. Lynch, who totaled 40 kills, averaged 3.08 kills per set.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After taking the opening set, 25-16, behind a season-best .452 attack percentage, the Cougars fell 25-23 and 25-16 in sets two and three.
In the fourth set, Houston regained its stride and hit .438, highlighted by five kills from Lynch, to claim a 25-20 victory to force a fifth set.
Unfortunately, the Cougars were unable to continue the momentum and fell 15-11 in the deciding set.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
For the second time on the season, four Cougars recorded double-figure kills.
Lynch recorded a team-high 12 kills, her third time to lead Houston in kills in as many matches.
Senior middle blocker Brianna Gardner registered a career-high 11 kills and tied her career high with six blocks (all assisted).
Outside hitters Megan Duncan and Sarah Afflerbaugh recorded 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
Freshman setter Abby Irvine totaled 30 assists, while junior Katie Krebs finished with 18.
Defensively, sophomore libero Katie Karbo recorded a match-high 20 digs.
The Cougars recorded a season-high 11 blocks as a team.
Houston outhit the Mavs, .230-.226.
1. UT Arlington, 3-0 (Sets: 9-2)
2. McNeese, 2-1 (Sets: 6-5)
3. Houston, 1-2 (Sets: 7-6)
4. Southern, 0-3 (Sets: 0-9)
The Cougars will head to the George Mason Invitational, taking place Sept. 2-3, before closing out tournament play and opening their home slate with the eighth annual Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup across Sept. 8-9.
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