Oct. 26, 2007
HOUSTON - The University of Houston volleyball team used solid blocking and 28 kills from Justine Farmer to knock off East Carolina 3-1 (30-21, 30-28, 32-34, 30-23), Friday in Conference USA action at the Athletics/Alumni Center.
Houston (12-10, 7-4 C-USA) moved its record to 8-2 at home on the season. East Carolina (12-14, 3-8 C-USA) dropped its sixth-straight match.
Farmer led all players with her 28 kills on 85 attacks. She also added 24 digs, six blocks and four aces. Barbara Freitas finished with a career-high 10 blocks.
Ashley Calhoun and Hannah Sullivan paced the game-four attack with each player scoring six kills. Houston jumped ahead at 16-13, but the Pirates rallied to knot things up at 17-all. The teams traded points for the next few sideouts and things were again knotted at 21 apiece. After a service error by ECU's Katie Koop, the Cougars rattled off four-straight points, three kills by Calhoun and an ace from Farmer, to lead 26-21. Sullivan tallied three of UH's last four kills to put UH over the top and snap the team's two-game slide.
UH dropped a 34-32 marathon in game three after leading 29-28, 30-29 and 31-30. Two-straight kills by ECU put the Pirates in the lead 32-31, but a kill by Calhoun on the next possession knotted them right back at 32-all.UH could not convert on the ensuing serve and ECU rattled off a pair of quick points to send it to game four.
Game two was nip-and-tuck most of the way with five ties and two lead changes. UH was down 27-26 after failing to convert on three-straight plays. After a block by Rice and Farmer knotted things up at 27 apiece, a block by Kelsey King and Barbara Freitas gave the Cougars a 28-27 advantage. ECU tied it up at 28 after a blocking error by King, but Farmer added her 13th kill of the night for the 29th point and assisted with Freitas on a block to send UH into the break up 2-0.
Kelley Wernert and Peyton Thompson paced ECU with 25 and 14 kills, respectively. Trish Monroe added a team-high 25 digs.
The Cougars trailed 2-1 early in the opener, but an 8-1 run paced by three kills from Farmer gave UH a 10-6 lead it would not relinquish. Farmer had nine kills on 27 attempts in the game and the Cougars cruised to a 30-21 game one win.
Houston returns to action Sunday, taking on Marshall at 1 p.m. CDT on the Athletic/Alumni Center court.