UH clawed in Kansas
By Stuart Clements
Daily Cougar Staff
The University of Houston volleyball team
competed in Manhattan, Kan., this weekend at the Wildcat Classic Tournament,
held by Kansas State
University. The Cougars came in third
in the four-team tournament, logging a win against the University of Arkansas
in the final match.
UH opened play against the No. 26 nationally
ranked Washington State Cougars and suffered a 3-0 whitewash Friday.
Rich R. Risma/The Daily
Junior outside hitter Jane
Anne Karasek slams a shot against Rice during action in the Crowne Plaza/Rice
Washington State's Holly Harris had 15
kills and five blocks to lead the WSU Cougars in their three wins, 33-31,
30-26, and 30-28. UH's Jennifer
Wittenburg led all players with 22 kills.
The team dropped to 2-3 with the loss to WSU.
UH next battled against the 22nd-ranked
Kansas State Wildcats Saturday morning. The Cougars opened strong to win
the first game 30-23, but the
Wildcats clawed back to win the next three
games, 30-24, 30-20 and 30-24. KSU's fierce comeback cost UH the match,
The Cougars climbed back into the winner's
column when they pounded the Arkansas Razorbacks 3-2 Saturday afternoon.
The 33-31, 20-30,
30-25, 25-30, 15-10 battle against the
Razorbacks improved the team's record to 3-4 for the season.
UH's junior Jane Anne Karasek and senior
All-American candidate Jennifer Wittenburg deserve mention for their outstanding
play at the weekend
Karasek averaged 3.6 kills and 2.9 digs
per game. In addition, the athletic junior held a .231 hitting percentage.
Her aggressive play included six
blocked shots and three service aces.
Wittenburg was named to the All-Tournament
Team for her continued outstanding play. The sixth-year senior had a .215
hitting percentage this
weekend with seven blocks and six service
aces. She averaged 5.2 kills and 3.8 digs per game.
The UH volleyball team will face undefeated
Montana State on Friday at the University Centre Invitational in Gainesville,
Fla. The Cougars will also
face the University of Connecticut and
the University of Florida at the tournament.