Volleyball Swept by No. 20 UC Irvine
Sept. 12, 2009
Los Angeles, Calif. - The University of Houston volleyball team lost to No. 20 UC Irvine 3-0 (20-25, 21-25, 17-25) Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion in their second match at the Crowne Plaza LAX Tournament.
UH played a close game with the Anteaters in the first set, even tying the match 19-19 but UC Irvine scored the next two points on a service ace and a Cougar attach error. That two point cushion was just enough to help UC Irvine go on to take the 25-20 win.
The second set opened 6-0 in UC Irvine's favor and that deficit was too much to overcome for the Cougars. With one final chance to extend the match, Houston fell behind 15-7 in the third set before a Cougar timeout was called. Out of the break the Anteaters continued to dominate the match, going on to win 25-17.
Houston's match against the Anteaters on Saturday marked the first against a ranked opponent for the Cougars this season. With the loss, UH falls to 1-9 on the season and 0-3 all-time against UC Irvine.
The Cougars will close out tournament play against Boise State at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available for the match.