Cougar netters slam C-USA
By Stuart Clements
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH volleyball team returned to action
with a vengeance Friday, slamming the St. Louis Billikens and Memphis Tigers
over the weekend in Hofheinz Pavilion with identical 3-0 scores. The wins
improved the Cougars' record to 7-8 overall and 4-2 in Conference USA play.
Houston's match Sunday against Memphis
marked its second win over these tamed Tigers.
Trailing 19-15 in the first game, the Cougars
rallied to gain a one-point lead over Memphis that they built into a 30-26
Houston seized game two, 30-17, as senior
Jennifer Wittenburg exploded for five kills in the first 12 points of the
The Tigers tried to come back in game three,
but Houston finished the match 30-22. Memphis led 18-16 at one point, but
the Cougars took the lead on the
outstanding play of Wittenburg and sophomore
middle hitter Amanda Baggett.
Wittenburg picked up 16 kills. Junior outside
hitter Jane Anne Karasek had 10 kills and led the match with 13 digs.
The Cougars took the lead early Friday
in game one against the Billikens. The closest Saint Louis got was 18-10
as Houston cruised to a 30-13 win.
The Billikens struggled to come back in
the second game, but UH slammed the door, 30-23.
To give the Billikens credit, the Cougars
faced a team that refused to surrender. They fought their way to a 12-12
tie in game three, but the Cougars went
on another eight-point rally and were
never threatened again, going away 30-18.
The sweep left St. Louis with a 4-7 overall
record, 2-2 in C-USA action.
The Cougar volleyball team will play C-USA
rival Texas Christian in Fort Worth, Oct. 13.