Houston Drops 3-0 Match to No. 18 Pepperdine

Sept. 15, 2012

Final Stats


No. 18 Pepperdine
3   Houston

  1 2 3

No. 18 Pepperdine 25 25 25

Houston 18 15 15


Houston K A SA
Katie Norris 8 2 0
Chandace Tryon 7 0 0
Abby Simmons 0 16 0
Pepperdine K A SA
Jazmine Orozco 14 3 1


Houston Dig BS BA
Natalie Keck 11 0 0
Katie Norris 9 0 0
Abby Simmons 9 0 0
Pepperdine Dig BS BA
Michaela Christiaansen 13 0 0


4 Houston played its fourth ranked team of 2012 and second of the weekend.

4 Sophomore Kaiti Waters finished with a team-high .444 attack percentage on four kills.

HOUSTON -- After playing a strong opening set, University of Houston volleyball was dropped 3-0 to No. 18 Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon in the Cougars' second match of the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. 

Houston finished with 29 kills on 110 attacks led at the net by senior Katie Norris' eight kills, followed by senior Chandace Tryon's seven. Freshman Shelby Vance added five, while sophomore Kaiti Waters and senior Stephanie Nwachukwu added four. Setters Abby Simmons and Caitlin Ogletree contributed with 16 and 10 assists, respectively.

Defensively, Houston totaled three block solos and two block assists. Sophomore Natalie Keck paced the Cougars with 11 digs, while Simmons and Norris tallied nine.

With the loss, Houston fell to 1-8 on the year and 0-2 in the two-day tournament, while Pepperdine improved to 9-3 and wrapped up a perfect 3-0 weekend in Houston to win the team championship.


SET 1: Pepperdine 25, Houston 18

Houston grabbed an early 3-1 lead after Norris and Waters had back-to-back kills for the Cougars. Pepperdine took over the lead following a 4-1 run. Both teams exchanged leads midway through the set, but four unanswered points by the Waves gave way to a 15-10 lead for the visiting team. Vance, Tryon and Waters all contributed with kills to keep Houston within reach, while a block assist by Tryon and Nwachukwu and an ace by O'Dell made it an 18-16 game. Norris added a kill, but consecutive kills by Pepperdine extended it lead. A Nwachukwu trimmed the Waves' lead to five, but Pepperdine's Jazmine Orozco finished with four final kills for the Waves. 

SET 2: Pepperdine 25, Houston 15

Pepperdine used a 4-0 win to take a 7-3 lead before a block by Tryon broke open the scoring attack. The Waves then went on to extend their lead to 16-6 following a 9-2 run, holding Houston to one successful attack coming on a kill by Norris. Pepperdine had a stretch of seven straight kills for points to remain on top 20-9. A Waves' serving error gave Houston's its 10th point. With Pepperdine three points away from a set win, Nwachukwu and Norris each tallied two kills for the Cougars to narrow the deficit to 23-14, but a final kill by the Waves put them up 2-0 on the match. 

SET 3: Pepperdine 25, Houston 15

Houston and Pepperdine remained within one point with the Cougars up 4-3 following kills by Norris and Vance. A 5-2 run by Pepperdine extended its lead to 13-8 over Houston. Despite a strong defensive effort late in the set and multiple kills by Vance, the Waves used a solid blocking presence to stay on top by at least seven at 21-14. Two perfect sets by Ogletree led to two Tryon kills, but a few attacking errors by the Cougars allowed Pepperdine to complete the sweep with back-to-back points in the set.

All Houston games will be available on All-Access on UHCougars.com for a small fee.

All six matches held this weekend are available on GameTracker for free at UHCougars.com.

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.

Follow Houston Volleyball on Twitter @UHCougarVB and "Like" /HoustonCougarVolleyball on Facebook.

Houston will wrap up the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup at 7:30 p.m. tonight against No. 21 Ohio State. The Cougars and Buckeyes have already met once this season at the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic in Columbus, Ohio where Ohio State earned a 3-0 win over the Cougars.   



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