Volleyball Hosts UAB and USF This Weekend
Oct. 28, 2004
With eight Conference USA matches out of the way, the University of Houston volleyball team stands at 3-5 in league play and is looking to improve on that mark with UAB and USF coming to town this weekend.
Saturday's match against USF will be Digs For The Cure Night. October is National Brest Cancer Awareness Month, and the Cougars want to help fight the battle with the help of their fans. Fans and family may pledge money per dig earned by the Cougars or provide a flat donation. The donations will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation within the community.
Houston began the C-USA season strong, going 3-1 in their first four matches before dropping the following four, however, the team is coming off a nice 3-1 win over Northwestern State on Tuesday and are building up steam to finish out the season strong.
At stake for all three teams is a spot in the C-USA Tournament as only 12 of the 14 league teams make the postseason tournament with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
UAB has struggled under first year head coach Melinda Claiborne. The Blazers stand at 1-18 overall, are 0-7 in C-USA, and have won six games all season. Their record is partly due to the young team that includes five freshmen, six sophomores, one junior and no seniors.
Junior Isabel Oquendo leads the team with 157 kills on the year and a .117 attack percentage. UAB is hitting .095 as a team while opponents are averaging .254 and picking up 2.2 blocks per game on the Blazers
Houston will be looking to increase its all-time lead in the series against UAB where the Cougars lead 12-1, and includes a perfect 12-0 run until last season's loss in Birmingham.
The Bulls have been playing hard as of late, with three wins in their last four outings with wins over C-USA opponents UAB and DePaul. However, the Cougars claimed both matches against USF last season, winning both times 3-2, and will be looking to increase that streak over the weekend.
USF plays in Fort Worth against TCU before meeting up with the Cougars on Saturday, and currently the Bulls hold a 6-13 overall record and are 3-4 in C-USA play.
Leading the way for USF is junior Flavia Silveira, who is averaging 4.40 kills per game with 277 kills on the season. She is also second on the team in digs with 197 and has 19 blocks to her credit.
Her teammate, freshman Michelle Stalbaum is second on the Bulls in kills with 213, is third in digs at 194 and has 20 blocks, including four solo stops.
As a team, the Bulls have been out hit by opponents .161-.235, out killed 969-1,005, and out blocked 43-19.
Both matches take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Athletics/Alumni Center on the main campus of the University of Houston and admission is free.