TULSA, Okla. -- The University of Houston Volleyball program fell 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 19-25, 13-25) at Tulsa in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Friday night inside Reynolds Center.
With the decision, the Cougars fall to 4-5 on the season on 0-1 in The American, while the Golden Hurricane improves to 7-6 overall and 1-0 in league play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite four kills apiece from redshirt junior middle blocker Chenelle Walker and sophomore Megan Duncan, Houston was held to a .000 attack percentage in a 25-20 loss in the opening set.
The Cougars responded strong to start the second set. Houston jumped out to a 9-1 lead and never looked back en route to a 25-18 victory to even the match at 1-1 at the break. Senior middle blocker Brianna Gardner recorded four kills on six swings and added three blocks to highlight the squad.
Both teams battled throughout the early goings of the third set. Houston and Tulsa pulled even on 12 points and swapped the lead five times as neither side held more than a one point lead across the first half of the match. Tied 13-13, the Golden Hurricane used a 6-0 run to pull away for a 25-19 win to take a 2-1 advantage.
After Tulsa scored the opening point of the fourth set, the Cougars rattled off five straight points to force a timeout. Unfortunately, Houston was unable to maintain momentum as the Golden Hurricane retook the lead at 11-10. Later leading 13-12, Tulsa outscored the Cougars, 12-1, down the stretch to close out the match.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Duncan posted her first double-double of the season and second of her career behind a 10-kill, 15-dig effort. She has led Houston in kills in each of the last three matches. Duncan also tied her career high with two service aces and five blocks (all assisted).
Walker finished with nine kills and three blocks (one solo, two assisted), while Gardner finished with six kills and four blocks (all assisted).
Freshman outside hitter Silvia Pertens tied her career high with five kills while recording her first three career blocks (all assisted).
Setters Abby Irvine and Katie Krebs finished with 19 and 12 assists, respectively.
Defensively, libero Katie Karbo recorded a match-high 26 digs, her seventh time to lead all players in digs on the season. She also finished with two service aces.
The Cougars recorded eight blocks as a team.
The Golden Hurricane outhit Houston, .145-.065.
Redshirt freshman defensive specialist Kylie Napoleon and Pertens each recorded their first career starts in the match.
Houston will close its three-match road swing with a 1 p.m. first serve at SMU on Sunday.
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