Nov. 18, 2011
New Orleans, La. - After dropping the first two sets, the University of Houston volleyball team came back to knock off Tulane 3-2 (21-25, 15-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-7) Friday night at Fogelman Arena. With the win, the Cougars improve to 18-10 on the season and 11-7 in Conference USA play.
Senior Lucy Charuk and junior Chandace Tryon paced the Cougars with 14 kills, while hitting .310 and .314, respectively. Sophomore Chelsey Harding finished with her first career double-double, recording 45 assists and 13 digs and freshman Natalie Keck had a team-high 21 digs.
"Overall, the mental state that we have been in is why it's important that we came back to win tonight," head coach Molly Alvey said. "That is one thing that we haven't been able to do recently. In the past several matches we have played decent volleyball but haven't recovered well from it. We went down 2-0 and you don't draw it up that way, but we responded and recovered so it's very important."
"We didn't change anything tactically, but very specific players changed their attitude and changed their approach to the match and that made all the difference."
Houston traded points with Tulane to open the first set, before playing to a 10-8 lead. The Green Wave battled back to tie the score, 12-12. With the score tied, 14-14, Tulane scored three straight points to take a 17-14 lead, prompting a timeout from the UH bench.
Out of the break, Houston came back to within one of the Green Wave, 21-20, forcing Tulane to call a timeout. The Cougars traded points off the bench, but a 3-0 run gave Tulane the 25-21 win.
The Cougars opened the second set to a 2-1 advantage before Tulane took a 6-2 lead behind a 5-0 run. The Green Wave continued to control the set and extended its lead to 13-6, forcing Alvey to call timeout.
Tulane continued to add to its lead with a 5-2 run and after a second UH timeout, the Green Wave went on to take a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-15 win.
UH opened the third set to a 5-3 lead and controlled the pace of the set until the Green Wave cut the Cougars' lead to one, 17-16. Alvey called a timeout to regroup her team, but Tulane scored the first point out of the break to tie the score and then took an 18-17 lead on the next point.
Houston battled back to regain a 20-18 lead, prompting a timeout from the Tulane bench. The Green Wave came off the bench to tie the score 21-21, but the Cougars held off Tulane to win the third set, 25-23.
The Cougars jumped out to a 6-1 lead to start the fourth set and pushed the advantage to 8-2 before Tulane called a timeout. Houston came off the bench and continued to control the set before evening the match with a 25-13 win.
The Cougars came storming out in the fifth set, scoring the first four points and extending its lead to 7-2 before the Green Wave rallied to within four, 9-5. Alvey quickly called a timeout to regroup her team and they came out of the timeout to win the final set, 15-7.
Houston closes out the weekend with a trip to Hattiesburg, Miss. The Cougars will play Southern Miss at 1 p.m. Sunday. Following the weekend road trip, Houston returns home to close out the regular season against Rice at 7 p.m., Nov. 23.