FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Fresh off her school-record performance of 34 defensive digs less than 24 hours before, University of Houston senior hitter Jennifer Wittenburg made a run at the UH record for kills in a game in the morning match of the Bank of Fayetteville Invitational Saturday afternoon in Arkansas.
Wittenburg blasted a personal best 34 kills and senior Bobbi Stewart added 27 with a .367 hitting percentage to lead the Cougars to a 3-1 win over SEC power Arkansas by the scores of 15-11, 15-13, 15-17 and 15-10. It was the first regular season home loss for the Lady Razorbacks since 1998, snapping a streak of 20-consecutive home wins in Barnhill Arena.
After winning the first game 15-11, Houston staged a sensational comeback in game two before finally pulling-out a 15-13 victory. The Cougars had trailed Arkansas 10-3 before rallying behind Wittenburg's and Stewart's combined 14 kills. In game three UH trailed 9-2 before working back to take the lead and serve for match point at 14-13. Wittenburg had 14 kills in game three alone but the Lady Razorbacks rallied for a 17-15 win to avoid the three-game sweep.
In game four Arkansas again jumped out to a lead, 8-4, but Stewart and Wittenburg continued their offensive barrage to keep Houston in the contest. Combined with some Arkansas hitting and serving miscues later in the match, the Cougars were able to cap an 11-2 run on the way to a 15-10 final. Stewart finished with a season-high 27 kills. Wittenburg reached a new career-high after posting 33 kills against Texas-Arlington on opening day. She had 34 digs against Michigan in the tournament opener on Friday night.
UH (5-3) must now turn right around and face Virginia in the final match of the round-robin format. First serve is slated for 5:30 p.m.
College Volleyball Linescore
Bank of Fayetteville Classic - Fayetteville, Arkansas Houston 15 15 15 15 Arkansas 11 13 17 10 Kill Leaders Jennifer Wittenburg (UH) 34; Bobbi Stweart (UH) 27; Michelle Collins (UA) 25 Records Houston (5-3); Arkansas (3-5);