Olivia O'Dell with a career-high 18 digs
Oct. 21, 2012
|Katie Norris||18||0||0||Stephanie Nwachukwu||9||0||0||Chandace Tryon||7||1||1||Abby Simmons||0||38||1|
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Senior Katie Norris recorded 18 kills, but it wasn’t enough as the University of Houston volleyball team dropped a 3-1 match to Tulane on Sunday afternoon in Conference USA action.
The Cougars posted 42 kills, led by Norris’ 18. The outside hitter was followed by seniors Stephanie Nwachukwu and Chandace Tryon with nine and seven kills, respectively, while freshman Emily Howard added six. Senior Abby Simmons paced the offense with 38 assists.
Defensively, freshman Olivia O’Dell recorded a career-best 18 digs, surpassing her previous high of 14 digs, which came against No. 21 Ohio State on Sept. 15. She was followed by sophomore Natalie Keck and Norris with 13 digs each. Norris went on to record her ninth double-double of the season.
Tulane recorded 55 kills and a .220 attack percentage, led by Milica Jovic’s 14 kills.
With the loss, Houston fell to 6-15 overall and 5-6 in Conference USA play, while Tulane improved to 5-17 and 3-8. The two teams split the 2012 series with the Cougars winning a 3-1 match back on Oct. 5 in Houston.
Tulane 3, HOUSTON 1
SET 1: Tulane 25, Houston 18
Tied at 5-5, Houston and Tulane exchanged points until the Green Wave used a 7-2 run to go up 12-7. Norris and Nwachukwu combined for back-to-back kills and accompanied a Howard kill and a block assist by Tryon and Nwachukwu for a 4-1 run to make it a 13-11 game. Tryon and Howard kept Houston within striking distance with kills, but Tulane continued with a strong offensive effort, producing kills over its next nine points. Down 22-18, Houston saw Tulane finish with three unanswered points for a set-one win.
SET 2: Tulane 25, Houston 17
After being tied at 4-4, Tulane used seven unanswered points to go up 11-4. The run was ended on a Norris kill. Houston put together three points on two kills by Nwachukwu to narrow the deficit to four at 12-8. From there, both teams exchanged points with Houston never able to close in on Tulane’s lead. Down by four following a Norris kill, the Green Wave put together a final 5-1 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
SET 3: Houston 25, Tulane 23
Tied three times early, Houston took its first lead of the day following a 4-0 run with kills by Tryon and Norris for a 12-11 lead. Tulane responded with four straight points of its own to regain the lead at 18-15. The Cougars, however, remained consistent to even the score at 19-19. After being down 22-20, Houston strung together four points to go up 24-22. The Cougars went on to take advantage of a Tulane error and force a fourth set with the win.
SET 4: Tulane 25, Houston 16
Tulane took a quick 4-1 lead until Norris recorded back-to-back kills. The Cougars kept the set close at 9-6 after Nwachukwu tallied two kills. Tulane then used a 4-1 run to go up 13-7. A solid effort midway through the set by Houston kept the score close at 17-13, but Tulane followed with an 8-3 final run for the win.
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Houston returns home to host Rice at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the Athletics/Alumni Center.