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SMU volleyball sweeps Houston

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Mustangs sweep Houston. Avery Acker, setter, above.

The Mustangs took on Houston in a 3-0 sweep at Houston on Sunday afternoon.

Standout Avery Acker finished with the most assists in a three-set match with 48, since Jessica Mihm who had 50. Mihm set the record on Sept. 4, 2014 in a 3-0 win over Cal Poly.

This win improved the Mustangs to 19-5 overall and 8-4 in the American Athletic Conference play. Houston fell to 11-13 overall and 3-9 in AAC play.

In the first set the Mustangs won in a close 26-24 finish when SMU had four of the last five points. The Mustangs were trailing 23-21 when Abbey Bybel had her fifth kill of the set and Caroline Young combined with Janelle Giordano for a block to tie the set. Houston’s next attack was out, putting SMU ahead 24-23. The Cougars fought back to tie the score yet again before the Mustangs came back strong to end the set with a win.

In the second set, the Mustangs came out strong taking a 9-4 lead early and never trailed in the set. The Mustangs ended the set easy, 25-18. SMU scored 18 kills with only three errors, hitting .395 and held the Cougars to only 10 kills. Kristen Stehling led the offense with a perfect five kills and five attacks.

In the third set, SMU held the Cougars off until the end when UH rallied back to tie the score 22-22. It was Young who blasted a kill for the Mustangs to end the set in a 24-23 victory.

Stehling finished with 11 kills without an error, hitting .786. Two Mustangs finished in double digits, Bybel with 12 kills and Cailin Bula with 10.

Morgan Heise led the Mustang defense once again with 19 digs while Julianne Scheidler finished with 11. Acker posted her nineteenth double-double of the season with 12 digs.

The Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum this Friday to host Memphis 7 p.m. followed by Cincinnati at home on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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