Volleyball Senior Night Slated Wednesday
Nov. 26, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston volleyball will host its final match of the season against in-state rival SMU Wednesday at 5 p.m. Senior Meredith Ware will be recognized after the match for Senior Night.
The Mustangs have been on a roll during the second half of conference play. They have only lost one match since playing Houston a month ago and have moved up to clinch second place. SMU enters the match 21-9, 13-4 in the American Athletic Conference.
Junior hitter Caroline Young has earned four Conference Player of the Week awards while leading the Mustangs and ranks fourth in the conference with 3.41 kills per set. Sophomore Avery Acker is 28th in the NCAA, averaging 11.16 assists per set, and freshman Morgan Heise is averaging 3.63 digs per set.
The series between the two rivals is tied up 11-11, SMU winning the last five. SMU is 4-6 at Houston, splitting the last eight matches.
SMU has finished 13 of its 21 wins in just three sets, and the Mustangs have lost just one set in the last four matches.
Lone senior Meredith Ware will be honored following the match.
Ware has been a four-year member of the volleyball team and has excelled on the court, in the classroom and in the community for the Cougars.
As a Defensive Specialist, Ware has played in 113 sets, recorded 14 assists, 6 aces, 194 digs and 1 block. She posted a career high 18 digs against Rice last season and ranks in the top 20 with a career .940 serve-receive percentage.
Ware has helped Houston to two AVCA Team Academic Awards - 2010-11, 2011-12. She was also named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll from 2010-2012 and received the C-USA Academic Medal in 2010.
LAST TIME OUT
Houston came out strong early in the first set with a 7-2 lead, shaking up the Bulls. Cortney Warren hit .500 and Kaiti Waters hit .400 in set one against USF. South Florida responded quickly in set two, recording a .296 hitting average and forced 10 errors by the Cougars. USF tied the match 1-1 going into the half.
The Cougars dropped set three 19-25 and looked hungry for the win in set four. Both teams battled back and forth in the final game, tying the score 11 times. Houston took the lead 23-21, but back-to-back kills by Erica Fairs tied the match, 23-23.
Head coach Kaddie Platt was forced to use a timeout to get a game plan together. Fairs fired away again to take the lead and the match point, 24-23. A ball handling error by setter Sophie Paine ended the match 25-23.
The University of Houston volleyball team came back from a 0-2 start to defeat the UCF Golden Knights in five sets (13-25, 25-27, 25-19, 25-22, 16-14) Sunday afternoon.
UCF took a two set lead heading into the intermission.
The Cougars lit the fire after the half and took a 25-19 win in set three to stay alive. Houston recorded a .464 hitting average with 14 kills and just one error in set three.
In the final three sets Houston won, the Cougars had eight team blocks and just eight errors. UCF hit under .200 in the fourth and fifth sets while only recording eight total blocks for the match.
This is the first match the Cougars trailed 2-0 at the half and came back to win this season.
HOUSTON VOLLEYBALL NOTABLES
STRONGEST D IN THE LEAGUE
Houston has the second best serve receive percentage in the conference, posting a .900 average while allowing only 109 aces.
Junior libero Natalie Keck leads the Cougar back row defense with 525 digs this season, ranking sixth among conference individuals. She has recorded 1,428 digs so far in her career and sits second in all-time career leaders averaging 4.22 digs per set.
The Cougars top the American in service aces with 173 total, (1.43 per set). The mark ranks 59th in the nation.
Middle blocker Kaiti Waters has been one of Houston's main defenses at the net. She has a total 101.0 blocks (8-93) on the season. The junior ranks second among the American, averaging 1.28 blocks per set.