HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Volleyball program defeated UCF, 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 28-26, 25-17), on Friday night inside Athletics/Alumni Center.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 7-10 on the season and 3-6 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Knights fall to 10-11 overall and 3-6 in league action.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams traded points early in the opening set. With the score tied 7-7, UCF used an 8-3 run to pull away and staved off a late Houston surge for an eventual 25-22 win.
The Cougars again found themselves down in the second set. Trailing 17-12, Houston used an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the stanza. With redshirt freshman defensive specialist Kylie Napoleon holding serve, the Cougars got two kills apiece from outside hitters Sarah Afflerbaugh and Claire Karsten en route to a 25-20 victory to even the match at 1-1 at intermission.
Both teams swapped leads late into the third set. Tied 26-26, Afflerbaugh gave Houston the edge with a kill before an attack error by the Knights on the next rally sealed the set for a 2-1 Cougar lead.
In the fourth set, Houston hit a match-high .364 clip and got seven kills from sophomore outside hitter Megan Duncan to cruise to a 25-17 win to seal the 3-1 victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Freshman setter Abby Irvine recorded her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with a 33-assist, 10-dig effort.
Senior setter Keandra McCardell recorded her second double-double of the season and 31st of her career with a 23-assist, season-high 14-dig effort.
Afflerbaugh recorded her fourth double-double of the season and 11th of her career with a season-high 15-kill, 17-dig effort.
With three double-double performances, Houston recorded its most in a conference match and tied for its most in a match on the season. Cougars Afflerbaugh, Irvine and sophomore setter Katie Krebs all recorded double-doubles in a 3-2 loss to McNeese in the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup on Sept. 8 inside Athletics/Alumni Center.
Afflerbaugh and Duncan co-led Houston and tied for the match high with 15 kills, respectively.
Senior outside hitter Brianna Lynch finished with 12 kills, while Karsten and senior middle blocker Brianna Gardner tallied eight, respectively.
Redshirt junior middle blocker Chenelle Walker tied for the match high with six blocks (two solo, four assisted).
Defensively, sophomore libero Katie Karbo recorded a match-high 29 digs, her 12th time to lead all players in digs on the season, while adding six assists. Karbo's 29 digs are also the most for Houston in a four-set match on the season, bettering her 27 digs at Cincinnati on Oct. 13.
Houston recorded 65 kills, its second most in The American.
The Cougars outhit UCF, .247-.229. The .247 clip is third highest on the season.
The Cougars will continue play in The American with a 1 p.m. first serve against USF on Sunday in Athletics/Alumni Center.
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