Sept. 14, 2012
|No. 11 Florida State
|No. 11 Florida State
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Houston played its third ranked team of 2012, falling 3-0 to No. 11 Florida State.
601 Houston saw a crowd of 601 fans inside the Athletics/Alumni Center for its home opener.
3Senior Katie Norris produced her third double-double of the year, leading Houston with 12 kills and 12 digs. .
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston volleyball team was swept in three sets, 3-0, to No. 11 Florida State on Friday evening in the Cougars' first of three contests in the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup.
Houston was tested early along the net, falling to 1-7 on the year and 0-2 in front of a home crowd, while Florida State improved to 7-2 with the win and 1-1 in the tournament. The Cougars committed 22 attacking errors and allowed 44 kills by the Seminoles.
Houston was led by senior Katie Norris' double-double of 12 kills and 12 digs to pace the team in both categories. Senior Chandace Tryon added five kills, while freshmen Emily Howard and Shelby Vance tallied four. Senior Abby Simmons and sophomore Caitlin Ogletree combined for 25 of the Cougars' 26 assists with 16 and nine, respectively.
Defensively behind Norris' 12 digs was sophomore libero Natalie Keck with seven and Simmons with six. Tryon added two block solos and joined teammates Norris and Howard with two block assists each.
Florida State was led offensively by Fatma Yildririm and Olivera Medic with 11 kills each.
FLORIDA STATE 3, HOUSTON 0
SET 1: Florida State 25, Houston 14
Florida State took an 8-3 lead and forced a Houston timeout. The Cougars were challenged by a strong attacking effort by the Seminoles, which led to an 11-4 advantage in the early going. Norris kept Houston alive with three quick kills, but Florida State went on a 6-1 run to pull ahead 18-8. Vance came on strong late in the set to provide the Cougars with some much needed spark with three kills, but Florida State proved too deep along the net with 15 kills to Houston's 10 for a set-one win.
SET 2: Florida State 25, Houston 15
Houston made a run to open the set with three straight points on a solid blocking presence at the net. The Cougars allowed Florida State back in the set on several kills and to take over the lead at 7-6. Houston was never able to regain its early lead, allowing the Seminoles to produce several late runs, going up by eight at 20-12. Late attacking errors by the Cougars gave way to a Florida State advantage. Houston allowed 16 kills and committed six attacking errors to allow the Seminoles a 2-0 advantage in the match.
SET 3: Florida State 25, Houston 19
Down 4-1 to open the set and later 10-2, the Cougars settled down and made a run of their own with five straight points on three Florida State errors, a service ace by junior Meredith Ware and a kill by Tryon to make it a 10-7 game. The teams began to exchange points back and forth, but Houston never was able to solidify a lead. Down by five at 18-13, Houston stayed within reach by using back-to-back points on kills from Norris and Howard to make it a 23-18 game, but the Seminoles wrapped up the match with two of the final three set points.
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FLO HYMAN CLINIC
Houston Volleyball will host a clinic alongside the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup in honor of the former Houston great. The Minority Clinic will be held on Saturday from 3-4 p.m. for ages eighth grade and under. Cost is $8 for the day's matches and clinic.
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Houston will continue play on Saturday vs. No. 18 Pepperdine at 11:30 a.m., followed by a tournament-finale match at 7:30 p.m. vs. No. 21 Ohio State.