Tryon Records Career-High 27 Kills; Cougars Drop 3-2 Heartbreaker

Chandace Tryon with a career-high 27 kills

Aug. 31, 2012

Final Stats


2   Appalachian State

  1 2 3 4 5

Houston 22 25 17 26 8

Appalachian State 25 18 25 24 15


Houston K A SA
Chandace Tryon 27 0 0
Katie Norris 18 1 1
Stephanie Nwachukwu 10 0 0
Abby Simmons 5 56 0
Appalachian State K A SA
Dalton Tolliver 19 1 1


Houston Dig BS BA
Natalie Keck 26 0 0
Katie Norris 14 0 0
Abby Simmons 13 0 1
Olivia O'Dell 12 0 0
Appalachian State Dig BS BA
Courtney Rhein 27 0 0


12 With the Set 2 win, Houston snapped a 12-set skid that dated back to the season opener against Toledo on Aug. 24.

27 Chandace Tryon recorded a career-high 27 kills in the five-set loss. The senior's previous high was 16 kills, which happened five times in her career, last coming vs. Rice on Nov. 23, 2011.

1Houston head coach Kaddie Platt is still just one win away from her 500th career victory as a head coach.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- University of Houston senior Chandace Tryon recorded a career-high 27 kills in a five-set, 3-2, loss to Appalachian State on Friday afternoon in the Lipscomb Invitational.

The Cougars sit at 0-5 on the year under new head coach Kaddie Platt, who is just one win away from her 500th career victory as a head coach. Houston dropped both of its matches on Friday and will look to return home with a win when it battles host-Lipscomb on Saturday.

On the match, Houston recorded 67 kills, while Appalachian State lead with 69. Leading the way for the Cougars was the career-high effort by Tryon with 27 successful attacks. She was followed by classmate Katie Norris tallied 18 kills and 14 digs. She joined senior Abby Simmons with a double-double, which included 56 assists and 13 digs. Senior Stephanie Nwachukwu added 10 kills.

Defensively, sophomore libero Natalie Keck had 26 digs, which tied a career-high. She was followed by Norris (14), Simmons (13) and freshman Olivia O'Dell's 12 digs.

Appalachian State racked up seven service aces on the match.


SET 1 - Appalachian State 25, Houston 22
Houston fell down 8-0 following four kills by Appalachian State. The Cougars didn't back down and went on to string five straight points together with kills from Nwachukwu, freshman Destiny Patterson, Howard and sophomore Kaiti Waters. Two Appalachian State errors have way to a one-point advantage. Houston struggled a bit and fell down 17-11. The two teams then combined for 11 straight kills resulting in a 20-15 Appalachian State advantage. Nwachukwu had back-to-back successful attacks for the Cougars. Keck followed with a service aces, while Tryon and Norris continued with kills to make it a two-point deficit, Houston down 20-18. Appalachian State went on to finish strong and earn a set one victory.

SET 2 - Houston 25, Appalachian State 18
Houston went up 4-1 and didn't trail until Appalachian State grabbed an early 8-7 lead. It went back and forth until Houston broke loose with a four-point advantage (14-10) following back-to-back kills from Norris. The Cougars took six-point lead (19-13) after four points by the Cougars. Tryon came up big in the late going with three kills in the last five Houston points to tie the match up at 1-1.

SET 3 - Appalachian State 25, Houston 17
Both teams exchanged leads, but Houston saw its last chance to regain the lead when tied at 7-7. Howard and Norris combined for consecutive points to make it a one-point game. Norris then went on to record two kills to force Appalachian State to a 11-10 set. Three late errors by Houston went on to give Appalachian State the lead. Freshman Shelby Vance kept Appalachian State from recording four straight with a kill, but it wasn't enough to overcome the mid-set deficit. 

SET 4 - Houston 26, Appalachian State 24
Set four began much like set three as each team exchanged leads as deep as the final points of the game. Appalachian State went up by five (14-9) after three consecutive kills. Houston continued to stay poised and battled, narrowing the score to 15-14 after kills from Howard, and two from Tryon. Howard's kill late in the game was crucial, tying the score at 20-20. Down 24-23, Houston finished on a 3-0 run with a huge kill from Norris, an attack error by Appalachian State and a set-clinching service ace by O'Dell.

SET 5 - Appalachian State 15, Houston 8
Appalachian State took a 7-1 lead after Tryon opened the set with a kill. The Cougars faced a strong offensive game from Appalachian State as nine of the first 10 points came on kills. Tryon had Houston's first three points with kills of her own. Down 11-4, Houston gained a it of momentum with two straight points, but it wasn't enough as Appalachian State remained consistent and wrapped up the set with a seven-point victory.

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Houston will wrap up tournament play at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday against host-Lipscomb. The Cougars will then return home to host UTSA in its home opener at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 in the Athletics/Alumni Center. For tickets, visit http://www.uhcougars.com/tickets/hou-volley-tickets.html or call (713) 743- GO-COOGS.



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