HOUSTON, Texas -- The University of Houston Volleyball program defeated Stetson, 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23) in its home opener as part of the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup on Friday afternoon inside Athletics/Alumni Center.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 2-2 on the season, while the Hatters fall to 0-7.
Houston improves to 4-2 all-time in home openers under Head Coach Kaddie Platt. Platt, who has won her last four home openers with the Cougars, is 18-5 all-time in home-opening matches across her career.
The Cougars will play one more match Friday, hosting McNeese in a 7 p.m. first serve.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a kill from senior middle blocker Brianna Gardner opened the match, sophomore Megan Duncan recorded four kills on her first four swings to fuel Houston to an early 8-2 lead. The Cougars went on to lead by as much as 10 points in claiming their opening set on their home court.
Despite 11 kills between seniors Brianna Lynch (6) and Sarah Afflerbaugh (5), the Hatters flipped the script in the second set, never trailing en route to 25-22 win to even the match at one set apiece heading into intermission.
The Brianna tandem of Lynch and Gardner carried Houston to a 25-19 third-set victory. Lynch highlighted a match-high .387-team attack with five kills, while Gardner combined for four blocks.
The fourth set proved to be the most contested, as the two teams swapped the lead four times and pulled even at eight different points. Tied 23-23, the Cougars capitalized on an attack error into the net by Stetson to claim the advantage before Gardner and freshman Gabi Zelaya combined for a block to seal the set, 25-23.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Lynch recorded a match-high 14 kills, her fourth time to lead Houston in kills in as many matches.
Senior middle blocker Brianna Gardner registered a career-high nine blocks (one solo, eight assisted), a mark that is tied for sixth all-time in a four-set match in program history.
Sophomore outside hitter Megan Duncan recorded a season-high 12 kills.
Freshman setter Abby Irvine totaled 25 assists, while junior Katie Krebs finished with 17 assists.
Defensively, sophomore libero Katie Karbo tied for the match high 24 digs.
The Cougars recorded nine blocks as a team.
Houston outhit the Hatters, .194-.064.
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