Wednesday May 29, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 142


Softball still has growing up to do

By Christian Schmidt
The Daily Cougar

After a strong sophomore season, the UH softball team finished their season in early May.

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Sophomore catcher Ray Ferreris slides into second. The Lady Cougars finished 35-25 this season, but did not advance to the Conference USA

The team, which finished with an impressive 35-25 record, struggled in conference play, where the Cougars finished just 9-14.

Conference USA is a strong league, and a second year team shouldn't be ashamed of a 9-14 showing. That having been said, both the
coaching staff and the team had much higher hopes for the season, including a trip to the postseason.

Those goals will have to wait until next season, when the team will be a year older and wiser, and a new (and very talented) freshman class will
help reinforce the team.

Freshman Kristen Glowacz earned honors as C-USA Freshman of the Year. Ray Ferreris, Ali McDougall, Leslie Seay, and Riane Netardus
earned Second-Team C-USA honors.

Glowacz was joined by teammates Kim Nesloney and Jenilee Skender on the C-USA All Freshmen team.

DePaul's Liz Bouck was named the C-USA Most Valuable Player. Her teammate Lindsay Chouinard won C-USA Pitcher of the Year Honors,
while Alabama-Birmingham's Marla Townsend was named the C-USA Coach of the Year award.

UH showed that it has the offense to compete with anyone in the country. The Cougars had 47 home runs, one of the best totals in the nation.

Jenny Johnson, Jamie Falco, and Allison Thompson have proved to be a formidable pitching staff, giving the Cougars' three viable pitching
options. Falco has the best ERA, while Johnson led the team in strikeouts and innings pitched.Thompson is a valuable backup and has given
the team some good starts. A year of experience should only make her better for next season.

What the team really lacks is consistency. Even head coach Kyla Holas has admitted that her team can be great one day and struggle mightily
the next. The Cougars don't lack talent, just experience and poise, characteristics that will come with time.

In the meantime, a stellar recruiting class, including local talent Brandi Clark and Brooke Johnson, an outfielder from Alabama, will bolster the
team's rise.

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