Coogs dominated the first 2 sets, and then couldn’t close it out. This team seems so close sometimes.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Cougars finished with a conference-record 15 service aces. The previous best was 14, set by Houston in 3-2 loss against USF on Nov. 1, 2015, inside Athletics/Alumni Center.
• Afflerbaugh finished with a career-high six service aces. Her six aces tie for the third highest recorded in a match in program history, tying Cecilia Blias (vs. Baylor, Oct. 30, 1986), Gretchen Klug (vs. Texas Southern, Sept. 9, 1987) and Nicole Gunsaulus (vs. Texas A&M, Oct. 5, 1990). She also finished with 10 digs.
• Lynch led Houston with 16 kills, her 12th time to lead the team on the season.
• Gardner finished with 11 kills, a career-high five aces and three blocks (one solo, two assisted).
• Sophomore outside hitter Megan Duncan finished with nine kills and three blocks (one solo, two assisted), while redshirt junior middle blocker Chenelle Walker totaled five kills and four blocks (one solo, three assisted).
• Freshman setter Abby Irvine just missed a double-double with 28 assists and nine digs.
• Sophomore libero Katie Karbo tallied 25 digs on the back row.
• ECU outhit Houston, .189-.185.