HOUSTON — University of Houston Volleyball welcomes three Top 25 teams in No.11 Florida State, No. 18 Pepperdine and No. 21 Ohio State into the Athletics/Alumni Center this weekend to take part in the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup on Friday and Saturday.
The four-team tournament will begin on Friday with matches slated for 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
COMPLETE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Friday
Florida State vs. Pepperdine – 11:30 a.m. Ohio State vs. Pepperdine – 4:30 p.m. Houston vs. Florida State – 7 p.m.
Saturday Houston vs. Pepperdine – 11:30 a.m. Florida State vs. Ohio State – 1:30 p.m. Houston vs. Ohio State – 7:30 p.m.
Houston hosts the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup for second straight year.
Head Coach Kaddie Platt is in her first season at Houston and 18th overall with a record of 500-163 and 1-6 as the Cougars’ leader.
Houston meets Florida State for the 15th time in history. The Cougars own the record at 8-6, while the Seminoles won the last meeting 3-0 in 2010.
Houston meets Pepperdine for the sixth time in history, as the Waves own the series, 4-1 and won the last meeting 3-0 in 1995.
Houston and Ohio State meet for the ninth time in history and second time this season. Houston owns the all-time series, 7-2, but the Buckeyes won earlier this year, 3-0.
IN HONOR OF FLO HYMAN Flo Hyman, considered one of the most influential volleyball players in University of Houston history, was a three-year letterwinner from 1974-76 for the Cougars. She was a 1998 Hall of Honor inductee after being named a three-time AIAW All-America honoree. She was also named AIAW National Player of the Year in 1976 and went on to represent to USA National Team capture a silver medal at the 22nd Olympiad in Los Angeles, Calif. with Houston teammates Rita Crockett and Rose Magers.
All purchased tickets will be good for a single-day pass, getting you into all three matches each day. Be sure to keep your ticket stub when leaving and returning to the Athletics/Alumni Center.
ABOUT HOUSTON Houston continues its four-game homestand with three matches this weekend. The Cougars are 1-6 on the year and 0-1 at home after coming off a 3-1 loss to UTSA last Friday. Senior Katie Norris’ 108 kills, followed by seniors Chandace Tryon and Stephanie Nwachukwu with 90 and 49, respectively, lead Houston offensively. Senior setter Abby Simmons paces the team with 260 assists, while sophomore libero Natalie Keck leads squad with 108 digs. As a team, Houston is hitting .191 to its opponents’ .258.
ABOUT FLORIDA STATE Florida State polls in at No. 11 this week’s AVCA poll. The Seminoles are 6-1 on the year and are coming off their first loss of 2012, a 3-1 fall to Miami. The team sits at 2-1 on the road this season. Seven players pace the team with 20 or more kills, led by Fatma Yildrim’s 62 kills. Libero Katei Mosher paces the team with 101 digs.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE Pepperdine is 6-3 on the year, polling in at No. 18 in the week’s AVCA poll. The Waves are 0-3 on the road this season and are coming off a Wednesday loss to No. 2 UCLA. Jazmine Orozco leads the team with 108 kills, while Michaela Christiaansen has 114 digs.
ABOUT OHIO STATE Ohio State enters the weekend ranked No. 21 with an 8-1 record, while its only loss came against Oregon in a 3-2 fall in their own Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic that Houston participated during the opening weekend. The Buckeyes now have six straight wins and are 2-0 on the road. Mari Hole leads the team with 145 kills and Davionna DiSalvatore had 122 digs.
ALL-ACCESS All Houston games will be available on All-Access on UHCougars.com for a small fee.
GAMETRACKER All six matches held this weekend are available on GameTracker for free at UHCougars.com.
FLO HYMAN CLINIC Houston Volleyball will host a clinic alongside the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup in honor of the former Houston great. The Minority Clinic will be held on Saturday from 3-4 p.m. for ages eighth grade and under. Cost is $8 for the day’s matches and clinic.