INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Despite being outhit .174-.136, Houston out-killed McNeese, 70-52.
• Senior outside hitter Brianna Lynch led all and tied her career high with 17 kills.
• Senior Sarah Afflerbaugh and freshman Gabi Zelaya each recorded double-doubles. Afflerbaugh finished with 14 kills and 11 digs, while Zelaya turned in an 11-kill, 11-dig effort in her collegiate debut.
• Senior middle blocker Brianna Gardner finished with 11 kills and tied her career high with four services aces.
• On the defensive front, sophomore libero Katie Karbo recorded a match- and career-high 35 digs, while redshirt freshman Kylie Napoleon recorded 11 digs in her inaugural match.
• The Cougars ran a trio of setters through their 6-2 formations Freshman Abby Irvine narrowly missed a double-double with 35 assists and nine digs in her first match, while junior Katie Krebs and senior Keandra McCardell recorded 13 and eight assists, respectively.