Oct. 19, 2012
|Katie Norris||8||1||0||Emily Howard||7||0||0||Chandace Tryon||6||0||0||Abby Simmons||2||24||0|
EL PASO, Texas -- The University of Houston volleyball team dropped a three-setter at UTEP on Friday evening in Conference USA play.
With the loss, Houston fell to 6-14 overall and 5-5 in conference play, while the Miners improved to 12-10 and 6-4.
The Cougars posted 31 kills, led by senior Katie Norris with eight. Freshman Emily Howard followed with seven, while senior Chandace Tryon added six kills. Senior Abby Simmons paced the offense with 24 assists.
Defensively, sophomore Natalie Keck led the Cougars with nine digs, while freshman Olivia O'Dell contributed with seven digs. Tryon added two block solos and two block assists.
UTEP out hit Houston with a .322 percentage on 38 kills and just 10 errors.
UTEP 3, HOUSTON 0
SET 1: UTEP 25, Houston 13
Following an early Howard kill, UTEP went on a 10-1 run to go up 14-4 in the first set. The two teams combined for nine straight kills, which included back-to-back successful attacks by Howard, but the Miners would respond to the Cougar kills to stay ahead 20-11. UTEP went on to post five of the last six points for the win.
SET 2: UTEP 25, Houston 16
UTEP grabbed the early lead for the second straight set to take an 8-2 lead on Houston. Despite kills by Howard and senior Stephanie Nwachukwu midway through the set, the Miners would continue to remain strong offensively to finish with 13 kills and force the Cougars into 10 errors for a 2-0 lead.
SET 3: UTEP 25, Houston 19
A kill by sophomore Kaiti Waters made it an 8-6 game in favor of UTEP, but the Miners would respond with a 10-2 run for a 19-9 lead. With UTEP holding a set point at 24-16, Norris and Tryon kept the set interesting with back-to-back kills. Down by six, the Cougars picked up another point on an attack error, but a final UTEP kill sealed the sweep.
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Houston will wrap up the weekend at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tulane and then will return home to host Rice at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.