Nov. 2, 2012
|Katie Norris||13||0||1||Emily Howard||9||0||0||Abby Simmons||35||4||0|
HOUSTON -- Senior Katie Norris paced the University of Houston volleyball team with 13 kills and 11 digs for her 12th career double-double, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars dropped their Friday night Conference USA match to UCF, 3-1 in the Athletics/Alumni Center.
Norris paced the offense with 13 kills. She was followed by freshman Emily Howard with nine kills and senior Chandace Tryon with seven. Senior setter Abby Simmons paced the offense with 35 assists and added four kills.
Defensively, sophomore libero Natalie Keck led Houston with 15 digs, followed by Norris' 11 and freshman Olivia O'Dell's eight. Houston out blocked UCF, 20 to 10, led by Norris and Howard with six block assists each.
Houston was held to a .191 attacking percentage and allowed the Knights to post nine service aces and finish with a .283 attacking percentage, led by Angelica Crump's 13 kills.
With the loss, Houston fell to 7-16 overall and 6-7 in Conference USA play, while UCF improved to 12-13 and 9-4 in league action.
UCF 3, HOUSTON 1
SET 1: UCF 25, Houston 17
Houston fell down 7-3 after three straight UCF points. Norris' kill broke up the Knights' strong attack. The Cougars pulled within three at 10-7 after a Howard kill and two errors by UCF. A 7-1 run by UCF followed for the visitors to take a 17-8 lead. Houston responded to each of the Knights' points for the remainder of the set and even made it interesting to trim it by six at 19-13 with kills by freshmen Shelby Vance, Taylor Whileyman and Simmons. Despite trailing by just one at 6-5 in the final points for each team, Houston's deficit was too much to overcome as UCF grabbed a 1-0 lead in the match.
SET 2: Houston 25, UCF 22
Houston used five unanswered points to open the set. UCF then rallied back to take over the lead at 7-6. The score was tied as late as 14-14. The Cougars broke the score open with three straight points on two kills by senior Stephanie Nwachukwu. UCF used back-to-back kills to pull within one at 19-18, but Tryon stepped up with two kills and a block assist with Simmons to give the Cougars a 22-19 lead. Final kills by Howard, Simmons and freshman Katey Kyle closed out the set and tied the match at 1-1.
SET 3: UCF 25, Houston 14
UCF went up 10-3 on seven kills. Houston managed to pick up some momentum after several Knight errors. Down by 10 at 18-8, Houston received two kills from Howard and one from Norris for three consecutive attacks, but UCF quickly responded and never allowed the Cougars to pull any closer than eight down the stretch as the Knights took a 2-1 lead into the fourth set.
SET 4: UCF 25, Houston 15
Houston took a 4-1 lead early following three kills from Norris and an ace by Tryon. The Knights battled back and responded with five unanswered points to take a 6-4 lead. A block assist by Howard and Norris tied the set at 6-6 and the two teams exchanged points for much of the set, but UCF used four consecutive scores to extend its lead to 11-8 and added two more following a Vance kill. Houston allowed UCF to finish on an 8-1 run to cap the win.
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Houston will wrap up its 2012 home slate on Sunday at 1 p.m. when it welcomes Southern Miss to the Athletics/Alumni Center for Senior Day.