Volleyball begins 2018 season at New Orleans tourney (W 3-0) (W 3-2) (W 3-0)

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Houston vs. Murray State (RPI 104)
Friday, August 24 | 3 p.m.
Human Performance Center
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Houston at New Orleans (RPI 272)
Friday, August 24 | 7 p.m.
Human Performance Center | New Orleans
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Houston vs. Nebraska-Omaha (RPI 225)
Saturday, August 25 | 2 p.m.
Human Performance Center | New Orleans

The University of Houston Volleyball team opened up its 2018 season with a pair of victories on Saturday and is 2-0 on the year. In its season-opener, Houston took down Murray State (0-1) in straight sets (25-13, 25-18, 25-19), while the Cougars’ victory against New Orleans (0-1) went the distance as Houston won 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 23-25, 15-11).

On an afternoon that turned into a seesaw battle in all three sets, the University of Houston Volleyball team took down the Omaha Mavericks (0-3) in straight sets (33-31, 25-19, 25-23). With the win, the Cougars improve to 3-0 on the young season, having now swept two of their first three opponents in the process.

After helping lead the University of Houston Volleyball team to an undefeated, season-opening weekend, junior outside hitter Megan Duncan and freshman middle blocker Kendall Haywood received All-Tournament honors for their performances at the UNO Invitational. On top of her All-Tournament accolade, Duncan was also named the tournament MVP.
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Having played in all three of the Cougars’ matches as well as every single set, Duncan put together an offensive outpouring in which she recorded 4.27 kills per set to go along with her .288 hitting percentage. As a result, she posted a team-high 53.5 points over the weekend. She also put her defensive skills on display, tallying a total of 21 digs in 11 sets and recording seven blocks as well.
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For Haywood, it didn’t take long for the rookie to get acclimated to the college game as she found herself right behind Duncan with 35.0 points on the weekend, which was second-best on the Cougars. Haywood quickly became a force to be reckoned with on defense as the 14.0 blocks she posted was more than any one of her teammates. She also showed her efficiency on the offensive side, leading Houston with her .541 hitting percentage.

Great start for the Volleyball team. Let’s see if they can keep it up. Next game is at home Thursday against PVA&M

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