Sept. 8, 2006
NACOGDOCHES - The University of Houston volleyball team lost a 3-2 decision to Tennessee State (30-23, 27-30, 30-23, 28-30, 13-15) Friday morning to open the Austin Bank SFA Invitational at Johnson Coliseum.
Ashley Calhoun knocked down a career-best 16 digs and added 20 digs, while Sunshine Misa-Uli added her first career-double, powering home a career-high 13 kills and 13 digs for the Cougars. Millicent Martin and Akilah Grant-Sullivan chipped in with eight kills each.
The Cougars stretched out for a season-best 86 digs and had five players reach double-figures. Calhoun and Misa-Uli were joined by Lauren Dobbs, who reeled in a career-best 14 digs, while Martin and King added 13 digs apiece. King has provided a double-double in four of her last five matches, passing out 49 assists.
Houston (5-3) won games one and three by the count of the 30-23, but Tennessee State (2-4) rallied from early deficits to claim games two, four and five.
Kelly Davis and Erika Godbolt paced the Tigers with a pair of double-doubles, tallying 13 kills and 14 digs each. TSU also got double-digit efforts from Collese Dornan and Meesha Jackson.
The Cougars take on Arkansas State later this afternoon. First serve against the Lady Indians is slated for 5pm. Live stats will not be available for tonight's match due to technical difficulties at SFA.
This morning was the first meeting between Houston and Tennessee State on the volleyball court ... This is the first time since late-September 2005 (College of Charleston and UTEP) that the Cougars have lost back-to-back matches ... Ashley Calhoun tallied a career-best 16 kills ... She also corralled 20 digs for the third time this season ... The Wisconsin native has stretched out for double-digit digs in six of her first eight matches ... Calhoun also has served an ace in seven of her first eight collegiate outings ... Lauren Dobbs contributed a career-best 14 digs in her first start at libero ... Sunshine Misa-Uli notched her first career double-double with the Cougars, powering home a career-best 13 kills and adding 13 digs ... Kelsey King has provided double-doubles in four of her last five matches ... Justine Farmer had her double-digit kills streak snapped at 12 consecutive matches ... It was only the third time in Farmer's last 19 outings that she failed to reach double-digit kills ... With one dig, the El Paso native is 51 digs away from the 500-mark ... Kelly McAnelly tacked on one kill in limited action ... She is eight kills shy of equaling Karen Bell (1988-91) for the No. 6 position all-time ... McAnelly also is 96 kills shy from moving into the Top 30 in Conference USA history ... With four attempts, McAnelly is 952 swings away from Debbie Vokes (1994-98) for the top spot in that category ... Becca Sartori slapped two kills in limited action ... It was only the 12th time in the last 53 matches that Sartori didn't reach double-digit kills dating back to October 2004 ... Sartori moves to 73 kills away from breaking into the Top 10 in program history and is 214 kills shy from reaching the Top 30 in the C-USA record book ... With two block assists, Sartori is one block assists away from matching Emily Leffers (1993-94, 1996-97) for No. 9 all-time ... The Houston native also is 20 total blocks shy from the Top 30 in Conference USA history.