Sept. 29, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Houston volleyball team continues to be undefeated in American Athletic Conference play as they defeated Connecticut in five sets (25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 15-12) Sunday afternoon.
The match marked the first meeting in school history for both programs. Houston improves to 9-7 overall, 2-0 in The American while UConn falls to 8-8 and 0-2 in conference play.
The Cougars came out swinging, taking a 2-0 advantage before intermission. After two sets, Houston held UConn to a .025 hitting percentage and recorded 40 digs as a team.
UConn came for revenge in the third set and fourth set, blocking out the Cougars. Houston fell behind in the fourth set 20-10, as head coach Kaddie Platt called a timeout to focus the players. After some motivation, the Cougars went on a 13-3 run to tie the set, 23-23. However, the Huskies held on to win 25-23, forcing a decisive fifth set.
Houston battled in the fifth set, going point-for-point with the Huskies. The Cougars pulled out a 15-12 win to take the match.
Four Cougars recorded double figure kills once again. Freshman Sarita Mikals led Houston with 15 kills and nine digs. Hitters Kadi Kullerkann and Cortney Warren followed with 13 kills each, and middle Emily Howard recorded 10 kills for the Cougars.
Houston dug out 82 balls against the Huskies attack, while UConn only recorded 70 digs. Libero Natalie Keck notched 28 of the 82 total digs, a season high for the junior captain.
The Cougars return to their home court next weekend for two conference matches. Houston pairs up with a 0-14 Cincinnati on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. match on Sunday against Louisville.
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