ORLANDO, Fla. – The #22 College of Houston volleyball crew is heading to the NCAA event for the primary time since 2000. Regardless of a five-set loss to #23 UCF on Friday night time, the Cougars claimed the American Athletic Convention’s computerized bid to the NCAA Event because the league’s co-champions.
Houston (28-3, 19-1 The American) was capable of take The American’s spot within the event through tiebreakers, which awarded the Cougars primarily based on units received towards UCF, the place the Cougars had the benefit, 5-4.
Senior Abbie Jackson posted her tenth double-double of the season with 18 kills and 15 digs. Senior Morgan Janda narrowly missed a double-double of her personal with 28 assists and 9 digs.
Graduate Isabel Theut posted double-digit kills with 14 within the match, whereas junior Kate Georgiades tallied her fourth consecutive match with 20-or-more digs with 22 within the five-setter.
The Cougars began sizzling within the first, leaping out to a 5-0 lead and forcing an early timeout from the Knights. Whereas UCF was capable of even issues at 13-13, a 4-1 run from Houston reestablished the Cougars’ benefit which held for the rest of the set to offer the body to Houston, 25-20.
The script flipped in set two. The Knights took a fast 5-1 lead and Houston closed the hole and traded factors with UCF to make the rating 19-all late. The Knights in the end went on a 6-1 run to take the set, 25-20, and even the rating, 1-1.
The Knights once more established a lead early within the third set, taking a 7-3 lead 10 factors into the body. UCF was capable of rattle off a number of runs to strengthen its benefit within the set, pushing the rating to 23-12. Houston rallied again, shrinking the deficit to 23-19. The Cougars’ comeback try fell quick, nevertheless, and the Knights took the set, 25-21.
Houston took an early benefit, 6-2, with a pair of 3-0 runs. The four-point lead was sufficient to carry the Knights off for the rest of the body as Houston compelled a vital fifth set, 25-19.
The fifth set was a back-and-forth affair, that includes eight ties. Houston jumped out to a fast 3-1 lead, however UCF tied the rating at 4-4. Neither crew was capable of create greater than a two-point lead because the set remained tied at 12-12. The Knights have been ready to make use of a 3-0 run from there to earn the match victory.
The Cougars will discover out what awaits the crew within the NCAA Event on Sunday night time. The NCAA Volleyball Event Choice Present will air at 6:30 p.m. CT Sunday on ESPNU. Houston has constructed a powerful resume, together with a pair of wins over groups within the high 50 of the NCAA’s RPI and no losses towards groups exterior the highest 20. At present, the Cougars are in internet hosting consideration with the seventeenth greatest RPI within the nation.
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