Nov. 11, 2012
NUMBERS OF NOTE
Senior Stephanie Nwachukwu
notched her third straight game with double-digit kills, leading Houston with 11 today.
17 Houston out blocked Tulsa, 17-9.
26Houston wrapped up its 26-game regular season season and will take part in the C-USA Championship next week in Tulsa.
TULSA, Okla. — The University of Houston volleyball team met the Conference USA regular season champion Tulsa in its final league match of the season, falling 3-0 to the Golden Hurricane on Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars were led offensively by senior Stephanie Nwachukwu’s 11 kills, while notching her third straight double-digit kill effort. Following Nwachuwku in kills was classmate Katie Norris with nine and senior Chandace Tryon with five. Senior setter Abby Simmons paced the offense with 28 assists.
Defensively, Houston was led by sophomore libero Natalie Keck’s 18 digs, followed Simmons with seven and freshman Olivia O’Dell with six. Tryon added four block assists and a solo block to the defensive effort.
Despite out blocking Tulsa 17-9, Houston was held to a .145 attacking percentage, while the Golden Hurricane posted a .284 mark.
With the loss, Houston fell to 8-18 and 7-9 in Conference USA play, while Tulsa earned the regular season crown with a 21-9 overall record and a 14-2 mark in league action.
TULSA 3, HOUSTON 0
Set 1: Tulsa 25, Houston 18
After a 4-4 tie, Tulsa used four straight points to go up 7-4. A Nwachukwu kill and a Tulsa error allowed Houston to pull within one, but the Golden Hurricane went on a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 12-6. The Cougars rallied with three unanswered points to narrow the deficit to three. Houston began answering Tulsa’s scores, including two block assists and kills by Norris and Nwachukwu. Down 19-15, Tulsa went up 22-19 after three points. Tryon’s kill ended that threat until the Golden Hurricane closed out the set with a 3-1 run to take a 1-0 advantage in the match.
Set 2: Tulsa 25, Houston 17
A 4-1 run midway through the set allowed Houston to pull within two at 13-11 after Tulsa grabbed the early lead. A Tryon kill ended the Golden Hurricane run that put them up 17-12 after a 5-1 swing. Tulsa continued to pull away and grabbed a 20-15 lead despite two Tryon kills and a Tryon solo block. Nwachukwu added two late kills for Houston, but Tulsa used a 4-1 run to go up 2-0 in the match.
Set 3: Tulsa 25, Houston 20
Houston went up 5-2 to open the set after two block assists and two consecutive kills by Nwachukwu. Tulsa battled back with three straight points to even the set at 10-10. Continuing to answer each other’s points, the two teams saw a 15-15 tie. Tulsa went on a 5-2 run to go up 20-17. The Golden Hurricane wrapped up the set with three big kills and earned the sweep over Houston.
The Conference USA Championship will be held in Tulsa next weekend (Nov. 16-18). The Top 8 teams from the league will compete. For more information regarding the Championship, visit http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/w-volley-championship-12.html.
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Houston will have the tie-breaker over Memphis as each team finished with a 7-9 league record and will take part in the C-USA Championship next week in Tulsa. Seeding and pairings will be available later tonight following the conclusion of a few other matches.