TULSA, Oklahoma- Junior Libero Kate Georgiades broke the program record for digs in a three-set match at 34 as the University of Houston’s No. 23 volleyball team fielded their 16th Straight win and sixth straight win in a 3-0 win over Tulsa Friday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Houston (24-2, 15-0 The American) saw a complete team effort to win in straight sets. The team recorded a .383 batting average while limiting Tulsa (11-15, 4-10 The American) to a .152 efficiency. Overall, the Cougars had 53 assists, tying the program record for assists in a three-set match that has now been hit three times in team history (October 7, 2007 vs. SMU; November 6, 2006 vs. Rice). .
Senior Morgan Janda hit her third straight double-double with 33 assists and 11 digs. Meanwhile, the Cougars had three players who posted double-digit kills. graduate Isabel Theut led the match with 17 kills, senior Abbie Jackson earned 14, and graduating Kennedy Warren recorded 12th junior Annie Cooke He also gave up 16 assists in the game. Jackson also passed the 1,500 kills milestone and now sits at 1,506 in her career.
The Cougars struggled through a slow start, using a 7-1 run to level the score at 14-all. Houston traded points until the score was 20-20 and went on a 5-0 run to complete the comeback and win the opener 25-20.
Theut hit 10 kills in the first set with a .529 batting average, while Janda posted assists on 12 of the Cougar’s 19 kills. Georgiades also earned 13 digs in the match.
The Cougars continued their winning streak from the first set, scoring back-to-back points early in the set. A 4-0 run a few points later gave Houston a 7-4 lead and the team never looked back. Another 5-0 run put the Cougars 12-5, and a 6-0 run further extended the lead to 22-9. Houston would ultimately earn the second set win at 25-11.
The Cougars dominated both sides of the ball in the set. Houston hit .529 in the frame without a single attacking miss, limiting the Golden Hurricane to a .054 shot efficiency. Jackson led the Cougars with six kills while Janda had 12 assists and Georgiade’s 13 digs.
In search of a sixth straight win, the Cougars wasted no time and took a 10-5 lead. Both teams traded short runs after that, but the lead was enough to give Houston the 25-19 set win and 3-0 match win.
The Cougars remain on the road for a Sunday game against Wichita State. The game is scheduled for a noon CT first serve.
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