Volleyball to Compete in UTSA Classic (W UTSA 3-1, W Maryland 3-2, W RGV 3-0)

TIME (CT) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Noon HOUSTON at UTSA
4 p.m. Maryland vs. UTRGV
TIME (CT) SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
10 a.m. UTRGV at UTSA
12:30 p.m. Maryland vs. HOUSTON
5 p.m. UTRGV vs. HOUSTON
7:30 p.m. Maryland at UTSA

Live Stats for Each game as they are ongoing: https://goutsa.com/sidearmstats/wvball/summary

Career performances from junior setter Abby Irvine and freshman outside hitter Abbie Jackson paced the University of Houston Volleyball team to a 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21) victory over UTSA on Friday afternoon in the UTSA Classic opener.

Irvine dished out 50 assists, marking the most helpers in a four-set match since Keandra McCardell posted 51 against Memphis in 2014. Irvine also recorded 11 digs, marking her second double-double of the season and 27th of her career.

After setting a career-high 25 kills against McNeese on Tuesday, Jackson topped that mark on Friday afternoon with a career-high 30 kills. That number is tied for the fourth-most in a four-set match in program history. Jackson has surpassed the 20-kill mark plateau in three of her past four matches.

As a team, the Cougars (2-4) out-hit the Roadrunners (1-3) by 14 kills, 61-47. Houston also recorded more digs than UTSA, as senior libero Katie Karbo’s 18 digs led all players. She was one of three Cougars to eclipse the double-figure digs, with Irvine and senior outside hitter Claire Karsten also exceeding that mark.

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A pair of dramatic endings from the University of Houston Volleyball team paved the way for the Cougars to earn a doubleheader sweep over RV Maryland and UTRGV on Saturday and finish the UTSA Classic undefeated.

The Cougars (4-4) began the day trailing by two sets against the Terps (3-2), but stormed back to defeat Maryland, 3-2 (23-25, 9-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-13). In the second matchup of the day, Houston completed its 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 26-14) sweep over the Vaqueros (4-3) after rallying off a pair of set points to win the third frame 26-24.

In the Cougars’ comeback match against Maryland, freshman Abbie Jackson recorded the second double-double of her career, posting a team-best 16 kills along with 14 digs. Senior Katie Karbo joined Jackson as the Cougars with double-digits digs against Maryland, posting a season-high 26 digs in the contest.

Junior setter Abby Irvine paced the Houston offense with a pair of 40-assist outings. She followed her 44-assist performance against the Terps with another 40 helpers against the Vaqueros. Irvine has eclipsed the 40-assist mark in each of her past four matches.


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