Cougars smother 'Stangs

By Andrew J. Ferraro

Daily Cougar Staff

Although Houston and Dallas are a mere 250 miles apart, the two best collegiate volleyball teams representing those two Texas towns are light years apart.

The UH Cougar volleyball team proved that Wednesday night as it soundly defeated the Southern Methodist Mustangs 3-0 (15-5, 15-9, 16-14).

Sophomore hitter Jenny Kniss recorded a match-high 19 kills and added 15 defensive digs as the Cougars improved to 7-4 on the year and 5-1 inside Hofheinz.

Kniss, one of the national leaders in kills, said that the key to winning Wednesday’s match was getting good sets from sophomore setter Morgan Wallen and just doing all the little things correctly.

"Lately we have been practicing everything," Kniss said. "The passing, the sets and the attacks — they all need to be just about perfect. And tonight, especially in the first game, I think they were."

The Cougars won game one 15-5, taking advantage of an early 4-1 lead, followed by runs of 7-3 and 4-1.

The defense, led by junior hitter Kristin Guidish, smothered the SMU oft-errant attack and pulled out 72 total digs.

"We've been going all out in practice and working on every aspect of our game," said Guidish, who recorded a game-high 16 digs. "We just keep getting better and better, game in and game out." Reach Ferraro at

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