1 Houston earned its first home win of 2012 and first sweep of the season.
7Katie Norris recorded her seventh double-double of the season and fourth straight with 12 kills and 10 digs.
.322 Houston totaled a season-best .322 attacking percentage on 41 kills in 90 attempts with a season-low 12 errors.
HOUSTON -- Led by a season-best .322 team-attacking percentage, the University of Houston volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep over SMU for its first home win of the season on Sunday afternoon in Conference USA play.
The Cougars dominated all facets of the game, beginning with an impressive .322 attacking percentage, led by senior Katie Norris' 12 kills and senior Chandace Tryon's .471 percentage with nine kills. Also strong around the net were freshmen Shelby Vance and Emily Howard with seven and six kills, respectively, while senior Stephanie Nwachukwu added six as well.
Senior setter Abby Simmons led the match with 36 assists and helped Houston to a season-low 12 attacking errors. SMU would finish with 29 errors and just 33 kills for a .037 percentage. The effort by the Mustangs was the lowest percentage and fewest number of kills recorded by a Houston opponent this season.
Defensively, Houston was led by sophomore libero Natalie Keck and Norris' 10 digs. Norris would go on to record her seventh double-double of the year and fourth straight. The Cougars, as a team, would also tally 22 block assists for their third-straight 20+ block performance, led by Norris and Howard's seven block assists.
With the win, Houston improved to 3-12 overall and 2-3 in Conference USA play, while SMU fell to 4-13 and 1-4.
HOUSTON 3, SMU 0
SET 1: Houston 25, SMU 17 Houston and SMU were tied as late as 9-9 after the Cougars rallied for three straight points with kills from Norris and Tryon. Houston would go on to grab a 10-9 lead off a kill by Norris and never looked back. Four straight points followed and the Cougars owned a 13-9 lead. SMU worked its way back to a two-point game at 14-12, but a kill by Nwachukwu ended the short-lived Mustang rally. Tryon produced back-to-back kills for Houston and the Cougars would take advantage of two straight SMU errors for a 21-15 lead. Houston would tally the three of the final four set points to take a 1-0 lead.
SET 2: Houston 25, SMU 15 Houston went up 4-1 in the early going, but a few SMU kills allowed them to narrow the Cougars' lead to two at 5-3. Houston used a 7-1 run over the next eight plays to extend its lead to 18-7. Despite three straight points by SMU, the Cougars responded with a kill by Tryon to hold on to its convincing lead at 21-12. Two final Mustang errors led to another Houston set win for a 2-0 lead. SMU committed 11 attacking errors in the set, while Houston responded with 13 kills.
SET 3: Houston 25, SMU 23 A back and forth battle led to the score being tied 15 times in the set. Down in the early going, Houston responded to tie and take the lead at 10-9 on a Norris kill. The Mustangs used three straight points to pull ahead 12-10 and force a Houston timeout. Following the short break, the Cougars continued play with back-to-back points, including a kill by Norris. Down again by two at 20-18, Houston got three points with kills by Tryon, Simmons and an SMU attacking error to take a 21-20 lead. SMU responded and the set saw a 23-23 tie before the Mustangs wrapped up play with back-to-back attacking errors, giving Houston the win.
POST-GAME QUOTES Abby Simmons Overall thoughts on the match... "It was a really competitive game. We worked hard throughout the whole entire match and it feels good to get a sweep."
Thoughts on picking up first home win of the season... "It's amazing. We have awesome fans and it's good that we were able to bring them a win. Not just for us but for the whole university. It's awesome."
Head Coach Kaddie Platt Overall thoughts on the match... "We came out from the beginning ready to play. Serve and pass game was a strong emphasis today. We stayed focus throughout the match and I am pleased with our performance as a team."
Thoughts on picking up first home win of the season... "It feels great. I'd like to have a lot more, but that's a good start. It's always a good feeling and the team feels good about it. We got better today and that's what matters."