Oct. 9, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston volleyball team followed up its 3-1 win over East Carolina Saturday with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-12) sweep of the Pirates Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum. With the win, Houston improves to 12-5 overall and 5-2 in Conference USA play. "Today there was much better productivity across the board from everyone," head coach Molly Alvey said. "We had much better executions and played better overall volleyball. We controlled the entire much."
"There was a little lull in the second set but we continued to play together and earn back the points when we had the opportunity to do so."
After finishing with a career-high in kills in the previous outing against the Pirates, freshman Kadi Kullerkann was one of three Cougars with 10 kills against ECU. Juniors Katie Norris and Chandace Tryon each added 10 kills, while freshman Caitlin Ogletree had 39 assists and freshman Natalie Keck had 19 digs.
"Kadi was able to come in and get us some kills that we weren't getting last night," Alvey added. "That was the reason we put her in so its nice to get that execution out of her. The team likes her in the match and she brought energy to the game and was flat out crushing the ball."
Houston opened the match to a 5-1 lead before East Carolina battled back to within two, 7-5. The two-point deficit would be as close as the Pirates would get as UH pulled away to take a 20-12 lead before closing the set on a Norris' kill to win 25-15.
The Cougars took the early lead again in the second set but ECU would come back to take an 11-8 lead. Houston played from behind for much of the set before tying the score 20-20. With the score tied, UH recorded the next four points to set up set point. A UH service error extended the set before a block by Norris and senior Lucy Charuk gave UH a 25-21 win.
In the final set of the afternoon, Houston jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back. The UH lead reached 22-12 late in the set before the Cougars scored the final three points to secure the sweep.
After two weekends on the road, the Cougars return to Houston next weekend for a pair of matches against UTEP and UCF. UH will face the Miners at 7 p.m., Oct. 14 before closing out the weekend against the Knights at 1 p.m., Oct. 16.