Volleyball Knocks Off East Carolina In Four Games

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    Oct. 26, 2007

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    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.

    Sullivan finished with 19 digs and 16 kills while Kinsey Cave added 10 kills and a block. Calhoun finished the night with eight kills and digs while Erin Rice added five blocks.

    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.

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