Volleyball Sweeps UTEP For Third Straight Win

    Chandace Tryon finnished with 10 kills in a win over UTEP.
    Chandace Tryon finnished with 10 kills in a win over UTEP.
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    El Paso, Texas - The University of Houston volleyball team won its third-straight Conference USA match with a sweep of UTEP, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-15), Sunday afternoon at Memorial Gym.

    Chandace Tryon finished with a game-high 10 kills and a season-high tying six blocks as the Cougars improved to 9-8 on the season and 3-2 in league action. Stephanie Nwachukwu added eight kills, Amanda Brooks recorded 30 assists and Amanda Carson led the team with seven digs.

    "We played a very solid match today," head coach Molly Alvey said. "We are coming together and getting more comfortable in our roles, and that is evident in the way the matches are coming to us. We are playing extremely well right now."

    The two teams traded service errors to start the afternoon, but the Miners would quickly regroup to take an 11-7 lead, forcing a Houston timeout. UTEP would maintain control of the lead out of the break, but only until Houston was able to knot the score 20-20. After tying the score, the Cougars would take their first lead on the next point and go on to win the set, 25-22.

    The Cougars carried that momentum to the second set, jumping out to a 6-0 lead prompting UTEP to call its first timeout of the set in an effort to halt the run. Houston, however, continued to control the set and after taking a 16-9 lead, the Miners called a second timeout. With the control on their side of the bench, UH would go on to take the second set 25-18.

    UH dug a 3-0 hole to start the final set of the match, but the deficit would quickly turn to a lead as they would pull ahead 5-4. That lead would continue to grow as the Cougars would hold a 21-14 advantage before the Miners would once again attempt to regain control with a timeout. But the lead would be too much to overcome and Houston would sail to a 25-15 win.

    Houston will be back at home for two matches against Southern Miss on Oct. 9-10. Both match-ups are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.



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