Lady Tigers finish strong to rally past rival Licking

The Houston volleyball team overcame a slow start with a strong finish Tuesday night to win its 2009 season opener 18-25, 25-18, 25-14 against visiting Licking.

The Lady Tigers (1-0) took control in the final set with a string of 10 consecutive points. Erica Keeney and freshman Alexa Ichord teammed up for two kills and three blocks during the spurt.

Houston started slow, falling behind 10-3 in the opening set and eventually trailing 18-9. The Lady Tigers never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

In the second set, Sarah Pierce and Haylee Kell had aces to help Houston take a 10-6 lead. The Lady Tigers led 16-14 before scoring six consecutive points to take control of the game. Pierce had another ace during the rally.

Houston trailed 5-1 in the final set before scoring 17 of the next 22 points.

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