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UH opens C-USA play with 3-1 win over USF

By Andrew J. Ferraro
Daily Cougar Staff 

The South Florida Bulls still can't win in Houston.

Five times they have stepped onto the court at Hofheinz Pavilion, and five times they have left without triumph.

The UH volleyball team (4-5, 1-0 in C-USA) used a balanced hitting attack and junior hitter Michelle Frazier outblocked the Bulls as UH defeated USF 3-1 (18-16, 15-7, 6-15, 15-8) in front of 237 fans Thursday night.

In addition to her team-high 18 kills, Frazier added nine blocks, three of the solo variety, and tallied 12 digs as Houston snapped a four-match losing streak.

South Florida posted just eight blocks as it was defeated for the fourth straight time after opening the year with three consecutive wins.

"This win really fires us up," Frazier said. "We knew that we were going to have to be ready to play (USF), and we know that we can't take any of these C-USA matches lightly."

The Bulls, without ace player Michelle Collier, stormed out to a 9-5 lead in game one before the Cougars turned the tide.

Houston then went on an 8-1 run and took a 13-10 lead capped by a Frazier blast down the middle.

After tying the game at 16, USF was cited for lift-ball and net violations, handing the Cougars game one 18-16.


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Michelle Frazier (11), who led Houston with 18 kilss and a .385 hitting percentage, sends the ball to South Florida's side in the Cougars' 3-1 win over the Bulls.

It was all Houston in game two as senior hitter Kristin Guidish posted four kills leading UH to a 15-7 win.

Setter Morgan Wallen started the match with four straight service aces, setting the stage for a 2-0 lead.

In game three, it was the Bulls who took the early lead as the Houston setting game collapsed. South Florida got five kills from Rachelle Paul and won easily, 15-6.

But after falling behind 2-6 in the fourth and final game, the Cougar offense came alive as Guidish, junior Jennifer Wittenburg and senior Jillian King all posted four kills in the decisive 15-8 win.

"They came out ready to play," Guidish said of South Florida. "(USF coach) Nancy (Mueller) had them ready to go knowing that they were playing at her old school and knowing they have never won here."

Mueller was an assistant coach at UH from 1995-98.

"We are looking to win conference this year, and we know that every team that comes in here wants to beat the Cougars," Guidish said. "We have to come out for every match ready to play every game."
 

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