Tulsa Edges Houston Volleyball in 3-2 Heartbreaker

Sept. 28, 2012

Final Stats


(11-7, 4-0)
3   Houston
(2-12, 1-3)

  1 2 3 4 5

Tulsa 21 25 25 23 15

Houston 25 18 19 25 13


Houston K A SA
Katie Norris 15 2 2
Chandace Tryon 14 0 0
Abby Simmons 1 45 0
Tulsa K A SA
Tyler Henderson 31 0 2


Houston Dig BS BA
Natalie Keck 23 0 0
Katie Norris 19 0 3
Chandace Tryon 1 1 6
Tulsa Dig BS BA
Jessica Adams 22 0 0


5 Houston forced Tulsa into its first five-set match in Conference USA play this season.

20 Houston totaled 20 block assists to Tulsa's two.

6 Katie Norris tallied her sixth double-double of the season and third straight with ?? kills and ?? digs.

HOUSTON -- Playing one of its most dominating matches of the season, the University of Houston volleyball team forced Conference USA leader Tulsa to five sets, but would eventually fall 3-2, on Friday evening in league action.

The Cougars dominated the blocking game and outhit the Golden Hurricane, while rallying back from a 2-1 deficit to force a fifth set, but it was Tulsa's Tyler Henderson with 31 kills that sparked a late run for the visiting team.

Houston totaled 53 kills and a .236 attacking percentage, which included a 16-kill effort in set one. The Cougars were led offensively by senior Katie Norris with 15 kills, followed by senior Chandace Tryon's 14. Tryon finished with an impressive .407 percentage on the night. Houston had a consistent performance along the net with freshmen Emily Howard and Shelby Vance each with eight kills, followed by senior Stephanie Nwachukwu with seven.

Defensively, five Cougars reached double-figures in digs, led by sophomore libero Natalie Keck's 23. She was followed by Norris with 19, who notched her sixth double-double of the season and third straight. Freshman Olivia O'Dell was tagged with 12 digs. Simmons also recorded a double-double with 10 digs, while junior Meredith Ware also added 10.

Houston's 20 block assists were led by Tryon's six and Howard's four.

The Cougars fell to 2-12 on the year and 1-3 in Conference USA play, while Tulsa improved to 11-7 and 4-0.


SET 1: Houston 25, Tulsa21
Houston went up 6-2 following three straight points with kills by Tryon and Vance. Tulsa went on to use a 5-1 run to narrow the Cougars' lead at 9-8. But it was the attacking performance by Norris and Nwachukwu, who posted back-to-back kills allow Houston to maintain its lead. The Golden Hurricane made it interesting as they rallied back to make it a 12-11 game after two Cougar service errors. Tryon showed her leadership along the net with two kills for two of the next four Houston points to lead by five at 18-13 to force a Tulsa timeout. Back-to-back block assists featuring Norris and Howard highlighted the latter half of the set to put Houston up 21-14, while both added a kill apiece to extend the lead to 23-16. Tulsa used a 5-1 run late to trim Houston's lead to three, but a final service error by the Golden Hurricane capped a win for the Cougars.

SET 2: Tulsa 25, Houston 18
After seeing a 4-4 draw, Tulsa used four straight points to pull ahead 8-4 and managed to hold the lead the rest of the set. Houston steadily stayed within a few points, matching the Golden Hurricane to trail by just two at 12-10. A Vance kill and block assist by Tryon and Nwachukwu made it a 14-13 game in favor of Tulsa. Tryon's kill for Houston's 16th point made it a one-point game again. Tulsa found a way to break the scoring effort open in the final points, going on a final 11-5 run to tie the match at 1-1.

SET 3: Tulsa 25, Houston 19
After seeing itself down 4-2, Houston rallied for four straight points, which included an ace by Nwachukwu and a kill from Vance for a 6-4 lead. Back and forth and tied as late as 14-14 midway through the set, Tulsa picked up some momentum for three straight points for a 17-14 lead. The lead held as both teams exchanged points down the stretch. Tulsa finished on a 9-4 run to take a 2-1 lead.

SET 4: Houston 25, Tulsa 23
Tryon's solo block tied the set at 4-4. Tulsa managed to hold onto a one-point lead until a kill by Vance tied it once again at 13-13. Tryon and Nwachukwu teamed up for a block assist to give Houston its first lead of the night since it held a 2-1 advantage. Houston went on one of its best runs of the night with three key point following being down 16-15. That sparked a late-set run. Up 19-15 and forcing a Tulsa timeout, Norris came up big with a kill to keep the Cougars up by four at 20-16. Tulsa didn't back down, putting together three straight to trim the Cougars' lead to one at 20-19. A service error by the Golden Hurricane put Houston up for set point, but Tulsa stayed alive with back-to-back points before Vance's kill forced a fifth set.

SET 5: Tulsa 15, Houston 13
Houston took an early lead on three Tulsa errors. A Golden Hurricane kill tied it at 4-4, but Norris and Tryon had kills to give Houston an 8-6 advantage. Tulsa took over the lead at 11-10 following three consecutive points and finished with a 7-2 run.

Head Coach Kaddie Platt
On overall thoughts on the game:
"We stayed in it for the majority of the game. We stayed focus on what we were doing at the present and not what we did in the past. We had problems in the past where we let them get on runs. We stayed with them most of the match."

Both games this weekend can be followed online via GameTracker at UHCougars.com or via live video on All-Access for a small fee.

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Houston will continue its homestand by hosting SMU on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Athletics/Alumni Center.  



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