Wednesday, September 19, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 20


Cougar's comeback falls short

By Stuart Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The University of Houston volleyball team had their season-opener last night in Hofheinz Pavilion against No. 16 ranked Texas A&M University.
After a mighty struggle the Cougars suffered a disappointing defeat. 

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The Cougars lost a hard-fought contest against the No.15 ranked Texas Aggies Tuesday night. The ferociously fought match went to five games
before the Aggies prevailed.

The Cougars gave the Aggies all they could handle in the hard fought contest, but went down in flames in a five-game match; 32-30, 29-31,
28-30, 30-19, and 10-15. The loss dropped the Cougars record to 3-5. 

Senior outside hitter Jennifer Wittenberg gave her usual stellar performance. The All-American candidate had 31 kills in five games, and a .500
hitting percentage. 

Junior outside hitter Jane Anne Karasek and junior middle hitter Jenny Tanneberger contributed heavily to the Cougar attack. Both players had
great games, but "Tanneberger was unstoppable tonight," said head volleyball coach Bill Walton.

The Cougars clearly outplayed the highly ranked Aggies, but found themselves on the short end of the score because the breaks didn't go their

With A&M leading 10-6 in the second game the Aggies received a free point from the referees because the refs made a horrible call that very
well may have swung the momentum of the match to the Aggies.

"We beat them in every stat except the score," Wittenberg said.

The Cougars actually outscored the Aggies by four points with an aggregate score of 129-125.

"It is bad for players to get in the habit of doing well and losing," said Walton, "There are no moral victories." 

Nevertheless, Walton was impressed by the improvement in the play of his team in last night's contest. 

The Cougars blocked a season high 16 spikes against the Aggies, showing vast improvement over the previous seven games. 

Blocking the opponent's attempted spikes has been a problem area in the past for Coach Walton.

"We showed great teamwork tonight," Wittenberg said. "Everyone was very cohesive." 

Jenna Moscovic, Michelle Cole, and Erin Lechler led the Aggie attack. Lechler led the team in kills, but Cole and Moscovic were not far behind in
this telling statistic. 

"A&M stayed in the game and won when they had the opportunity," Walton said.

Walton was pleased with the high level of teamwork and improvement in his young team.

"We've grown since last game," Walton said. 

The Cougars will be back on the court September 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion to face the Tulane Green Wave in their Conference USA

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