Volleyball Loses Road Finale, 3-1, To Southern Miss

Nov. 20, 2011

Final Stats

Southern Miss 3, Houston 1
Season Stats   |    Box Score       
  1 2 3 4
Houston 16 18 25 17
Southern Miss 25 25 23 25
Quick Stats UH USM
Digs 66 83
Assists 50 67
Kills 53 68
Blocks 8.0 10.0
Statistical Leaders
  Kills Digs Assists BS/BA
Ingrida Zauere 8 27 0 1/3
Katie Norris 17 2 0 0/0
Lucy Charuk 13 3 1 2/3
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Hattiesburg, Miss. - The University of Houston volleyball team lost its 2011 road finale, 3-1 (16-25, 18-25, 25-23, 17-25), Sunday afternoon at Reed Green Coliseum. With the loss, Houston falls to 18-11 on the season and 11-8 in Conference USA play.

Senior Ingrida Zauere had a strong defensive outing, finishing with a career-high 27 digs and four blocks. She also had eight blocks in the match.

Junior Katie Norris finished with a team-high 17 digs, while senior Lucy Charuk added 13 kills and five blocks. Junior Stephanie Nwachukwu had 10 kills and freshman Natalie Keck had 17 digs.

After jumping out to a 4-1 lead to start the match, Houston allowed the Golden Eagles to come back within two, 14-12, of tying the set. Southern Miss then put together an 11-0 run to take a 22-14 lead. Houston ended the run with two quick points, but the Golden Eagles closed out the match scoring the final three points to win 25-16.

Southern Miss carried the momentum from the first set to the second. They played to a 4-1 lead to open the set and never looked back. The Cougars tied the set 9-9 before taking the lead on the next point, but a 4-0 run reclaimed the lead, 13-10, for Southern Miss. Houston called a timeout in an attempt to regroup, but USM scored the first point out of the break before winning the set 25-18.

The Cougars played to a 12-8 lead in the third set, prompting a timeout from the Southern Miss bench. Out of the break, USM pulled within one of the Cougars, 12-11, but Houston answered with two-straight points to add to its lead. UH continued to increase its lead and held a 20-16 advantage going into a second USM timeout.

Out of the second timeout, the Golden Eagles were able to get within 22-21 of the Cougars, but Houston held off the comeback to win the third set, 25-23.

Southern Miss scored the first three points of the fourth set and built a 9-2 lead before Houston was forced to call a timeout. The Cougars pulled within seven of the lead, 22-15, late, but the Golden Eagles were able to hold off UH and win the final set 25-17.

Houston returns home to close out the regular season against Rice at 7 p.m., Nov. 23.



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