|Friday, September 3, 1999||
Volume 65, Issue 10
hope to rebound from losses
Eye on the Cougars
Jason Caesar Consolacion
So far, the Cougars have yet to enjoy the final season of the millennium. Season opening losses for both the women's soccer team (0-2) and the volleyball team (0-1) have put frowns on the faces of Cougar fans around the University.
Nevertheless, both teams performed very well against their respective upper-echelon opponents. The soccer team's losses to Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University, along with volleyball's loss to No. 2 Stanford, were hard-fought matches for both teams.
Kickin' its way back
The soccer team will have a chance to get on the winning track this weekend as it takes on North Texas in Denton today and Auburn at 1 p.m. Sunday at the newly renovated Robertson Stadium. It will be the first meetings between Houston and both teams.
North Texas (0-1) finished last season with a 13-4-2 record, fourth in the Big West Conference. Senior midfielder Krista Davey leads the way for head coach John Hedlund and the Lady Eagles. UNT lost its season opener to SMU 3-0 on Aug. 27.
Auburn finished its 1998 campaign with a 5-12 record, tying for fourth in the Southeastern Conference. Fullbacks Tammy Waine (sophomore) and Bridget B'Arata (senior) return this season for head coach Karen Richter.
The Tigers (0-0) will open their season at 7 p.m. tonight against Southwest Texas State in Houston before meeting the Cougars at Robertson Stadium on Sunday.
UH will play host to the Crowne Plaza Houston Invitational Tournament for volleyball this weekend at Hofheinz Pavilion.
To avoid conflicting schedules with the Bayou Bucket football game featuring UH and Rice, the tournament will feature two doubleheaders on the first day and early matches on its second day.
The UH Cougar volleyball team will look to bounce back with this weekend from its seaon-opening loss to Stanford on Wednesday.
The tournament will kick off at 11 a.m. today as Temple battles Louisiana State University to open the first round. The Cougars will take the court against Loyola University Chicago at 1 p.m. to complete a morning doubleheader.
In the evening, LSU will play LUC at 6 p.m. and UH will meet Temple at 8 p.m. to round out the second doubleheader.
On Saturday, Temple will face LUC at 1 p.m. and UH will conclude the tournament with a match against LSU at 3 p.m.
LSU opened its season by defeating the University of Louisiana-Monroe 3-0 on Wednesday, but Temple lost its season opener 3-0 to No. 13 Texas, also on Wednesday.
LUC has yet to play this season.
LSU welcomes back sophomore Lauren Cuyler and senior Kelly Thompson, two of its most skillful outside hitters, while sophomore outside hitter Alma Kovaci and sophomore Enkeleida Sckoza return for the Temple Owls.
Seniors Julie Wiejak and Katie Quigley led the LUC Ramblers to a 20-14 record last year. They will be in town to pace head coach Liz Nelson's squad.
The Cougars will try to put their tough loss to Stanford behind them. Losing to the No. 2 team in the nation is nothing to be ashamed of, but Houston, which finished with a 21-13 record last season, knows that it is capable of beating anybody.
The 1999 Southwestern Bayou Bucket game is one day away. This is a final call to all Cougar fans to cancel any non-football related plans you have for Saturday night and come on over to the newly renovated Robertson Stadium at 5 p.m., when tailgating begins.
Kickoff time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Let's welcome those Rice Owls back to UH for some Cougar hospitality -- and, we hope, a Houston victory.
Rice. UH. The season's under way.
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