HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Volleyball program concludes American Athletic Conference play and the 2017 season with a home-and-home series with Tulane.
Houston will host the Green Wave on Wednesday for "Senior Day" inside Athletics/Alumni Center before making the return trip to New Orleans on Friday. Both matches will get underway in 1 p.m. first serves.
|AT THE NET|
Wednesday, Nov. 22
| 1 p.m. | Houston vs. Tulane*
Friday, Nov. 24
| 1 p.m. | Houston at Tulane*
Devlin Fieldhouse | New Orleans
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The Cougars, who are 10-16 overall and 6-12 in The American, are coming an 0-2 with 3-2 and 3-0 decisions to ECU on Friday and Cincinnati on Sunday.
Against ECU, the Cougars finished with a conference-record 15 service aces. The previous best was 14, set by Houston in 3-2 loss against USF on Nov. 1, 2015, inside Athletics/Alumni Center. Senior outside hitter Sarah Afflerbaugh finished with a career-high six service aces. Her six aces tie for the third highest recorded in a match in program history, tying Cecilia Blias (vs. Baylor, Oct. 30, 1986), Gretchen Klug (vs. Texas Southern, Sept. 9, 1987) and Nicole Gunsaulus (vs. Texas A&M, Oct. 5, 1990). With nine assists, senior setter Keandra McCardell passed the 3,000-career assist plateau with 3,002. Sophomore libero Katie Karbo tallied 25 digs on the back row to eclipse 1,000 career digs with 1,003.
Against Cincinnati, freshman Silvia Pertens led Houston with 11 kills, her first time to lead the team on the season.
Houston leads The American and ranks tied for 26th in the nation in service aces per set (1.57). The Cougars also rank fourth in the conference and 31st nationally in digs per set (17.10).
Karbo ranks second in the league and 21st in the NCAA in digs per set (5.31). Senior middle blocker Brianna Gardner (0.39) and Afflerbaugh (0.37) rank second and third in The American in aces per set, respectively. Freshman setter Abby Irvine ranks second among freshmen in assists per set (6.12).
Sophomore outside hitter Megan Duncan (2.73) and senior outsider hitter Brianna Lynch (2.64) lead the Cougars in kills per set, while Gardner holds the top marks in blocks per set (0.89) and hitting percentage (.256).
The Cougars, who are 31-65 all-time in The American, are 30-13 (Sets: 87-58) all-time against Tulane. Houston is 19-4 (Sets: 61-25) when hosting the Green Wave and 9-8 (Sets: 30-27) in trips to New Orleans.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
The Green Wave enters Wednesday with a 3-15 conference record and 14-17 overall mark.
Tulane ranks second in The American in service aces (1.39).
Senior Justine Bowers ranks fourth in the conference in aces per set (0.33), also leading the team in assists per set (7.18). Sophomore Kaylie McHugh ranks sixth in the league in digs per set (4.65). Junior Dayna Kern leads the team in kills per set (2.25) and hitting percentage (.271), while freshman Markenzie Benoit holds the top mark in blocks per set (0.86).
The Green Wave is in its second season under Head Coach Jim Barnes.
Tulane was picked eighth in The American Preseason Coaches' Poll.
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