Sept. 19, 2013
HOUSTON - In memory of Cougar great Flo Hyman, head coach Kaddie Platt and the University of Houston's volleyball team prepares to host the 2013 Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup this weekend at the Athletics/Alumni Center.
"We are excited and honored to host the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup once again," head coach Kaddie Platt said. "She is an alumni of UH and one of the greatest players who ever played. Her family has allowed us to name the tournament to remember her and what she did for women, African Americans and volleyball in the United States."
Houston kicks off tournament play with a match against North Texas at 7 p.m. on Friday. North Texas enters the tournament with a 6-6 record under first year coach Andrew Palileo. As of July 1, the Mean Green joined Conference-USA after Houston and other schools moved to the new American Athletic Conference. The Cougars hold the series 12-1 over North Texas, the two last meeting in 1993.
- First meeting: 1975 - Houston 2, UNT 0
- Last meeting: Sept. 10, 1993 - Houston 3, UNT 0
The Cougars play the first match on Saturday against LSU at 11 a.m. This match will break the 14-14 tie between the two teams. The Tigers started the season on seven-game win streak before losing to Miami Sept. 14 (3-2).
- First meeting: 1975 - Houston 2, LSU 0
- Last meeting: Nov. 27, 2004 - Houston 3, LSU 2
Between matches, the Houston Volleyball team will host another free clinic free for children eighth grade and younger. More than 300 participants have already signed up for the clinic.
Baylor and Houston meet once again for the final match of the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. The Bears started the season 5-7, winning a four-set match against Rice on Wednesday. The Cougars have won 31 of the 37 matches against the Bears.
- First meeting: 1975 - Houston 2, Baylor 0
- Last meeting: Aug. 28, 2009 - Baylor 3, Houston 0
PRESERVING A LEGACY
Flo Hyman was one of the greatest volleyball players. She revolutionized the game of volleyball and was such an inspiration to women in sports and African Americans across the United States.
Hyman came to Houston after only playing her senior year of high school. She was the first female to be awarded an athletic scholarship to play for the Cougars in 1974, but chose to share the funds with her teammates. Hyman left Houston after playing three years to pursue an opportunity to play with the United States Olympic volleyball squad. From 1972 to 1976, Hyman helped the team form into Olympic qualifiers and the favorites to win the 1980 Moscow games.
Following a successful career as a national team member, Hyman moved to Japan to play professionally with Team Daiei. During a match in January of 1986, Hyman collapsed on the court and passed away at the age of 31 from Marfan syndrome.
Although her life was cut too short, Hyman did many great things on and off the court. She was an advocate for Title IX, the most famous push for gender equality in an educational environment, and revolutionized the sport she loved while opening doors for many female athletes that would follow in her footsteps.
Houston honors Hyman by naming the tournament after her not only for her time spent on the Houston campus, but also for everything she stood for and how she impacted women's sports, especially volleyball.
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LAST TIME OUT
Houston stretched its winning streak to five matches, the longest winning streak under head coach Kaddie Platt, after a three-set victory over Grambling State during the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational.
The team had one of its best offensive showings this season against Grambling State, seven Cougars hitting above .200. Kadi Kullerkann led the team with nine kills (.438), along with freshman Sarita Mikals who had nine kills (.350). Houston had only 11 hitting errors against Grambling State, the lowest of the season for the Cougars.
In the second match of tourney play, the Cougars faced host TCU. Houston started off strong, winning the first set 25-23. Two other Cougars also recorded double figure kills against TCU (Kullerkann 13, Warren 12). Defensive specialists Natalie Keck and Olivia O'Dell each recorded double figure digs, 10 and 13 respectively.
Mikals notched two more double-doubles during the tournament. She had 14 kills and 10 digs against host TCU and 10 kills and 15 digs against Stephen F. Austin.
Houston dropped the final match of the tournament to Stephen F. Austin in five. Middle blocker Emily Howard led the team with 15 kills on 25 attempts (.520), the best hitting percentage this season by a Cougar in a five-set match.
Kullerkann earned a spot on the All-Tournament team for the Cougars. In the 15 sets this weekend, she recorded 39 kills, a .202 hitting percentage, three aces, six digs and 10 total blocks while scoring 37.5 points for Houston.
THE AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston starts conference play next weekend during the American Athletic Conference season opener at Rutgers Friday. The match will be the second time the two teams have played, the first meeting coming in 1984. On Sunday, Houston Volleyball travels to Madison, Conn. for the first program matchup against UConn.
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