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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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UH rebounds after lost to South Florida


The UH volleyball team came back from a 0-2 to defeat the UCF 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, and UH made 13 errors in the first two sets. The Cougars lit the fire after the half and took a 25-19 win in set three to stay alive. They recorded a .464 hitting average with 14 kills and just one error in set three.

This is the first match the Cougars trailed 2-0 at the half and came back to win this season.

Keck shined, but Cougars didn’t

Junior defensive specialist Natalie Keck reached her 500th dig of the season with a 16-dig performance against South Florida. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as the Bulls defeated the Cougars in four sets (25-20, 11-25, 19-25, 23-25) Friday night.

UH came out strong early in the first set with a 7-2 lead, shaking up the Bulls. Junior right side Cortney Warren hit .500 and junior middle blocker Kaiti Waters hit .400 in set one against USF.

The Bulls countered in set two, recording a .296 hitting average and forcing 10 errors by the Cougars. USF tied the match 1-1 going into the half and then took over.

UH places third at Invitational

UH’s swimming and diving finished in third place as host of the Phill Hansel Invitational at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center over the weekend. Rice took home the top spot, followed by Idaho, UH, New Mexico State, Tulane and North Texas.

Freshman Taylor Olanski picked up her second win of the weekend and third of her young career, taking top marks in the platform event. Olanski scored 279.80 on her first collegiate tower competition, while sophomore Danielle Shedd came in fourth (184.00).

Cougars drop to 1-4

The Cougars outscored Creighton 31-18 over the final 12 minutes of the ball game and shot a near-perfect 12-of-13 from the free throw line in the second half. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. The Bluejays held on for a 65-55 win over the Cougars Saturday night at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb.

For the third time this season, sophomore guard Jessieka Palmer led the team in scoring off the bench, collecting 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting overall, including going 2-of-3 from three-point land. Senior forward Destini Texada chipped in with 10 points in 22 minutes of action as the only other double-digit scorer for the Cougars, as senior center Yasmeen Thompson led the team in rebounding with six.

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