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Monday, October 30, 2000
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Volume 66, Issue 50 

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UH sweeps past weak conference opponents

By Crystal J. Doucette
Daily Cougar Staff

Once again the bottom rungs of the Conference USA ladder were swept by the UH women's volleyball team as it defeated Memphis (8-18 overall, 0-12 C-USA) and Alabama-Birmingham (5-19, 0-12 C-USA) in its weekend homestand.

UAB started Game 1 on Sunday with a .094 hitting percentage and eight assists. But the Cougars ended UAB's hopes, hitting a .455 and digging 18 of the Blazers' 32 attempts. In Game 2 the Cougars fell to .147, but the Blazers could only spark a .059 percentage.

The heat turned up in Game 3 as the Blazers took the lead for the first time in the match. UH started the game cold and picked up three net violations as it worked to catch up with UAB. The Cougars finally topped the Blazers 15-4, 15-6, 16-14.

UH (17-5, 10-2 C-USA) hit a .233 percentage in Game 1 on Friday with 10 assists (sets), 17 digs and two service aces compared to Memphis' negative .148 hitting percentage and three assists. The Cougars only hit a .174 in Game 2, but the Tigers slipped even farther to a negative .182. Memphis made a marked improvement after the break in Game 3, hitting a .244, but UH's .359 with 15 kills sealed the match, 15-2, 15-3, 15-8.

The Cougars will be back in action against the Rice Owls on Wednesday in Hofheinz Pavilion. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. UH leads the all-time series against the Owls 50-5.
 

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