Volleyball Falls To Tulsa, 3-1

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    Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Houston volleyball team was the first team in eight tries to force four sets against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane but it wasn't enough to overcome the Conference USA leaders on Sunday afternoon as the Cougars lost 3-1 (14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 21-25) Sunday afternoon at the Reynolds Center.

    Despite the loss, Houston also snapped Tulsa's streak of seven sweeps over C-USA opponents. Houston is now 19-12 on the season and 13-6 in league action.

    "We played a much better, well-rounded match today," head coach Molly Alvey said. "We competed extremely well, probably better than we have competed in a while. Today, the team played smart volleyball. Our side-out game, being able to convert out of serve receive, was incredibly sharp. We stepped up and aggressively hit shots when we needed to. That's how we found our success. We played to win."

    Marluci Toazzi led the Cougars with 14 kills and nine digs. Stephanie Nwachukwu added 11 kills and three blocks, while Chandace Tryon had 10 kills. Amber Brooks led the team with 45 assists and Amanda Carson tallied 21 digs.

    "Chandace had a consistent weekend, physically and emotionally," Alvey added. "She played smart volleyball with high intensity. Marluci stepped up and made smart aggressive shots today for us. We had some players come off the bench that did a really nice job. They contributed and added to the team chemistry. I am proud of our team effort."

    The Cougars jumped out to a 7-6 lead to start the first set but Tulsa answered with a 6-1 run to regain the lead at 12-8. Alvey called a timeout to end the run, but the Tulsa only added to its total out of the break by scoring the next three points off three UH attack errors.

    The attack errors were three of seven committed by the Cougars, while Tulsa played an error free set on a .542 hitting percentage en route to a 25-14 win.

    Just as they had in the first set, Houston took the early 16-15 lead in the second set. Trailing, Tulsa was forced to call a timeout. The two teams traded points before the Golden Hurricane was able to steal a 20-18 lead. UH played from behind for much of the remainder of the set until they were able to tie the score at 23-23. Tulsa's Diana Silva would then set up set point with a kill and an attack error by Lucy Charuk would put Tulsa up 2-0.

    Houston would once again take the early lead, 12-9, in the third set but this time the lead would stand. The Cougars, despite allowing Tulsa within one, 18-17, would go on to win the third set, 25-20, and snap a 29-set win streak by the Golden Hurricane. The last time Tulsa lost a set was a 25-23 first set defeat to UH on Oct. 22.

    For the first time on the afternoon, Tulsa took a 7-3 lead to start the fourth set. The Cougars were able to pull within one, 10-9, but the Golden Hurricane would start to pull away, holding a 22-17 into a UH timeout. Houston scored the first three points out of the break but Tulsa would close out the match, scoring three of the next four points.

    With the win, Tulsa has now won 28 consecutive matches.

    Houston will look to reach the 20-win mark for the first time since 2008 when they travel to Rice on Nov. 27 for the 2010 season finale at Tudor Fieldhouse. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.



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