Nov. 11, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 18-25, 11-25) decision to SMU Friday night at the Athletics/Alumni Center.
Houston is now 17-9 on the season and 10-6 in Conference USA play.
Senior Lucy Charuk led the Cougars with 13 kills and seven blocks. Junior Chandace Tryon added 10 kills and freshman Caitlin Ogletree finished with 34 assists. Freshman Natalie Keck finished with a team-high 17 digs.
"We weren't 100 percent in rhythm tonight," head coach Molly Alvey said "We made a lot of errors tonight; a lot more than we normally make. Our game plan going in was just to keep the ball in play. That's one thing we did not do wrong. At times we served extremely well, but we made too many errors tonight."
In order to keep post season an option for us we have to win Sunday. We left the team locker room meeting saying only come to practice if you're ready Saturday. So we'll make sure, as a coaching staff, to be ready to go and organize and refocus ourselves to keep adding that leadership to the team."
Houston jumped out to a 4-1 lead to open the match, but allowed the Mustangs to come back and tie the score 5-5. SMU went on to take a 16-12 lead in the opening set, but the Cougars battled back to within one, 19-18, forcing a SMU timeout. Both teams traded points out of the break, before SMU took a 23-20 lead. The Cougars scored the next point, but SMU closed out the set with two points to win, 25-21.
Tryon finished the first set with four kills on four attempts as the Cougars out-hit SMU 15 to 13.
The Cougars traded points with the Mustangs early in the second set before pulling away to take an 11-7 lead. Trailing, SMU called a timeout, but UH came off the bench and continued to control the set. The Mustangs pulled within one, 16-15, but Alvey regrouped her team and they closed out the match on a 9-2 run to win the second set, 25-17.
Junior Katie Norris finished the second set with four kills to lead the Cougars after two sets with seven.
After giving up the early lead in the third set, Houston battled back to tie the score 11-11. SMU quickly regained a 15-12 lead, forcing a timeout from the Cougar bench. The Mustangs continued to build on its lead 22-15, prompting a second Houston timeout. UH scored the first two points out of the break, but the Mustang lead would be too much to overcome and the Cougars would fall, 25-18.
Charuk had five of the Cougars' 11 kills in the third set.
SMU stormed out to a 12-7 lead in the fourth set and never looked back. Following a Houston timeout, the Cougars came within nine of the lead, 19-10, but the Mustangs closed out the set on a 6-1 run to win 25-11.
Houston will close out the weekend against Tulsa at 1 p.m. Sunday. Following the match, the Cougars will honor the three members of the senior class- Lucy Charuk, Krysta DeAngelis and Ingrida Zauere.
Following the weekend at home, Houston will travel to Tulane and Southern Miss, Nov. 18-20, before returning home for the regular season finale against Rice on Nov. 23.