Nov. 13, 2012
HOUSTON -- A trio of University of Houston Volleyball players were honored for their on-court presence this season, being named to three C-USA All-Conference squads. Senior Katie Norris was a First Team selection, followed by senior Chandace Tryon on the Second Team and freshman Emily Howard on the All-Freshman Team.
Under first-year Houston head coach Kaddie Platt, the trio helped the Cougars to a 7-9 finish in Conference USA and a No. 7 seed in this week's Championship.
2012 marks the third straight season that Houston has received a First Team All-Conference honor and second straight that a freshman has been honored on the All-Freshman team. Norris wraps up her career as a two-time All-Conference selection, while Tryon is a three-time selection for Houston.
"Katie, Chandace, and Emily have done a great job for us this season. Volleyball is a team sport and I know they would be the first to thank their teammates for their honors," Platt said.
"All four of our seniors, Katie, Chandace, Stephanie and Abby have done a great job leading the team and their determination in a year of transition has landed us at the C-USA Conference Championship," Platt said. "I am thankful for their hard work. We have seen much improvement over the season and their commitment to improving every day is the foundation to the programs future.
Katie Norris | FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Senior | OH | 6'0 | Humble, Texas | 2L
Norris started all 26 matches and appeared in every set this season, while excelling as the go-to offensive player for Houston, leading the Cougars in kills (368) and kills/set (3.83). She racked up 21 double-digit kill efforts, while posting a season-high 24 kills twice, last coming in a C-USA win over Tulane. Her 3.78 kills/set in C-USA play ranked fourth among the league's best. Norris not only paced the offense, but she contributed defensively as well, finishing with 12 double-doubles and a career-best 19 digs in a five-set loss to C-USA Champion Tulsa. She went on to add 55 block assists for third-best on the team and led Houston with 414.4 points. She was a three-time All-Tournament team selection this season, which including the honor at Houston's Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup, the Ohio State tournament and Lipscomb Invitational.
Chandace Tryon | SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Senior | MB | 6'0 | Corpus Christi, Texas | 4L
Tryon, in her final season as a Cougar, played in 94 sets and in all 26 matches. She led Houston in attack percentage (.307) and total blocks (105), block assists (85) and block solos (20) while ranking second in C-USA in blocks/set (1.30) and eighth in hitting percentage (.290). Tryon notched nine double-digit kill efforts, led by a career-best 27 against Appalachian State, while hitting .600 in that performance. Tryon recorded at least four block assists in 11 of the last 14 games. She finished second-best on the team in points with 322.5.
Emily Howard | ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Freshman | MB | 6'1 | Georgetown, Texas | 1L
Playing as a true freshman, Howard came on strong during Conference USA play, posting impressive block numbers for the Cougars. She finished second-best on the team with 83 total blocks, 72 block assists and 11 block solos. Howard also added 135 kills and a .249 attacking percentage for second-best on the squad. She led all freshmen in hitting percentage (.240) and finished seventh-best in C-USA play to also lead all freshmen in blocks/set with 1.07 in league-only games. She posted a career-best 11 kills in a 3-1 win over second-seeded Rice and tallied 11 games with a .300 or better hitting percentage.
|2012 C-USA Volleyball All-Conference Teams
||First Team||Second Team||All-Freshman Team||Katie Norris, Houston, OH||Chandace Tryon, Houston, MB||Emily Howard, Houston, MB||Tyler Henderson, Tulsa, OH||Jillian Humphrey, Rice, MB||Jillian Shemanski, Marshall, MB||Laura Der, Marshall, OH||Laurie McNamara, Rice, OH||Lydia Bonner, Southern Miss, OH||Altrese Hawkins, Memphis, OH||Courtney Manning, SMU, MB||Quinci Hayward, Southern Miss, MB||Nancy Cole, Rice, MB||Cori Martone, Tulane, MB/OH||Ashley Hooper, Tulsa, MB||Megan Murphy, Rice, S||Kellie Culbertson, Tulsa, OH||San Skinner, UAB, OH/MB||Caroline Young, SMU, OH||Rachel Fairbanks, UAB, L||Jessica Adams, Tulsa, L||San Skinner, UAB||Sam Serley, UAB, MB||Angelica Crump, UCF, OH||DeLaina Sarden, UCF, MB||Malia Patterson, UTEP, S||Xitlali Herrera, UTEP, MB||Jeane Horton, UTEP, OH|
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Houston will take part in the 2012 Conference USA Championship this weekend when it opens play at 5 p.m. Friday against No. 2-seed Rice at Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla.