Nov. 16, 2006
HOUSTON - Justine Farmer slapped 28 kills on a .429 attack percentage and added 16 digs for her league-leading 22nd double-double of the season as the University of Houston volleyball team downed Rice 3-0 (30-27, 30-28, 30-23) Thursday evening at Hofheinz Pavilion in the opening round of the Conference USA Championship.
The Cougars (18-14) swept their crosstown rivals for the first time since the 1999 season en route to advancing to the C-USA Quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed Marshall. First serve against the Thundering Herd is on tap for 5pm.
Rice (12-18) was led by a pair of double-doubles from Karyn Morgan and Jennifer McClean. Morgan powered home 11 kills and 14 digs, while McClean tacked on 10 digs and 14 digs for the Owls.
The Cougars started the match on fire, jumping out to a 12-3 advantage in the opening game. The Houston defense forced Rice into seven attack errors. The Owls regrouped and went on a 21-9 run to claim a 24-21 advantage. Farmer retook control of the frame for Houston, cranking seven kills to fuel the Cougars on a 9-3 spurt and a 30-27 game one win.
The El Paso native continued her strong play into game two, ripping 11 kills in the frame. Houston recorded a match-best 23 kills in the second game and critical side out kills from Misa-Uli and McAnelly down the stretch allowed the Cougars to claim a hard-fought 30-28 victory.
The two teams traded blows in the third game, but Houston once again used a late-game spurt for a 30-23 win. With the Cougars clinging to a 22-21 edge, Schulle used the middle attack, getting a pair of kills from Sartori along with a southpaw smack from Erin Rice for the sweep.
Houston, seeded seventh, continues the 2006 C-USA Volleyball Championship Friday evening with a match against No. 2 seed Marshall. First serve against the Thundering Herd is scheduled for 5pm at Hofheinz Pavilion. Live stats for the entire tournament will be available on UHCougars.com
This evening was the 68th meeting between Houston and Rice on the volleyball court ... The 68 meetings are the most all-time meetings that the Cougars have with an opponent .... Houston holds a 56-12 advantage in the all-time series ... It was the first time that the Cougars have swept their crosstown rival since Nov. 3, 1999 at Autry Court ... It also is the first time since 1995 that Houston has defeated Rice twice in one season ... The Cougars improve to 3-0 this season in Thursday matches ... Houston has won 40 of its last 50 matches dating back to November 2003 when the Cougars win game two ... Ashley Calhoun has reeled in double-digit digs in 21 of her 28 starts at libero, including her last six outings ... With 17 digs, Calhoun passes Kristen Guidish (1998) for the No. 5 position over a single-season ... The Wisconsin native now has 468 digs on the season and is 32 digs shy of Jaci Gonzalez (2002) for the No. 4 position ... Krystal Schulle surpassed the 1,000 assist mark for the season ... Houston has won 10 of 13 matches via the sweep with Schulle at setter ... Sunshine Misa-Uli eclipsed the double-digit kills mark for the seventh time in her last 10 outings, including her last three ... Justine Farmer has slapped double-digit kills in 34 of her last 37 matches dating back to last season ... The El Paso native also added 16 digs for her C-USA leading 22nd double-double of the season ... The 22 double-doubles adds to a single-season program record at UH ... The 28 kills are a personal best for Farmer in a three-game match ... The El Paso native has now powered home 564 kills and passed Karen Bell (1990), Jennifer Wittenburg (2000), Lilly Denoon (1994) and Latisha Charles (1990) for the No. 4 position in single-season program history ... Farmer is five kills shy of Emily Leffers (1997) for the No. 3 slot ... Farmer's 16 digs moves her to within five digs from Kristen Guidish (1998) for the No. 6 spot over a single-season ... Kelly McAnelly added seven kills and now has 1,426 career kills ... The Houston native is 38 kills shy from Lilly Denoon (1991-1994) for the No. 2 position in program history ... She also is one kill away from Martina Shields (UAB, 2000-2003) for the No. 20 slot in C-USA history ... With 20 attempts, McAnelly is 248 swings away from Debbie Vokes (1994-98) for the top spot in that category in the Houston record book ...Becca Sartori slapped seven and now has 1,317 career kills ... The Houston native 30 kills away from Kelly Trimble (Southern Miss, 1998-2001)for the No. 28 spot in the C-USA record book ... She also is 19 kills away from Emily Leffers (1993-94, 1996-97) for the No. 5 position in the Houston record book ... With one block assist, Sartori has registered 332 blocks assists and is 23 shy of Loure Dews (2001-2004) for the No. 4 position in program history ... She has tallied 377 and has equalled Shella Neba (Memphis, 2000-2003) for the No. 22 spot in the C-USA record book for total blocks ... Sartori is now eight total blocks from Marie Tourillon (1994-1996) for the No. 8 hole in the UH record book.