Houston Bests Blazers In Four Sets

Kate Morrell posted her 10th double-double of season.

Oct. 21, 2011

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HOUSTON ---- The Houston Cougars bested the UAB volleyball team 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 17-25, 20-25) on Friday night in Conference USA action at the Athletics/Alumni Center.  The Blazers return to the court on Sunday, hosting the Rice Owls on at 1 p.m. CT inside Bartow Arena.

UAB (17-5, 7-3 C-USA) featured a double-double from Kate Morrell, 13 kills and 10 digs, for her team-best 10th double-double of the season, while Ashley Ricks hit at a .571 (9K-1E-14TA) clip in the loss.

Libero Heather Thomas topped the Blazers with 17 digs, while setter Alison Woods added 16 assists and eight digs and fellow setter Becca Howard dished out 17 helpers.

The Blazers were able to contain the UH offense, which entered the night with the second-best team attacking percentage in the conference, through the first two stanzas. The Cougars were blanked (.000) in the first set and managed just a .152 percentage in the second as the two squads split the frames.

Offensively, Morrell and Ally Slaughter each connected for a trio of kills in the opening stanza, which UAB would hold on and claim, 25-23.

The tightly fought second set was captured by UH with the same score as set one, this time with the roles reversed.  Things appeared to be positive for UAB as Woods held serve for five-straight points to take a 23-21 advantage, but the Cougars used a 4-0 spurt to close the stanza and evened the match at a game apiece.

In the third set, a total of 10 ties and six lead changes were recorded before the teams were knotted at 15-all.  Unfortunately for UAB it would be the last time the score would be squared up as UH burst away utilizing a 10-2 run to win 25-17. 

UH used the momentum from the previous set to capture the final set of the match, 25-20.

Houston (15-5, 8-2 C-USA) received a 49-assist, 11-dig effort from setter Caitlin Ogletree and the Cougars featured four players with double-digit kill outings.