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Watch: Wild rally helps lift Houston volleyball to NCAA tournament win

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Houston Volleyball is on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in style.

The Cougars won a five-set thriller over South Dakota on Friday, which included a wild rally in the fourth set. Junior and two-time American Athletic Conference Libero of the Year Kate Georgiades made a herculean effort to keep the ball in play, which helped her team secure the point.

South Dakota would wind up winning the fourth set, forcing a fifth. Houston won the fifth set 15-11, granting them their first NCAA Tournament win since 1994. This is the team’s first appearance in the tournament since 2000.

The Cougars will next play Auburn, who stunned No. 4-seed Creighton in the first round for just its second postseason win in school history.