Monday, October 8, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 33


Cougar netters slam C-USA foes

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 win.

Houston seized game two, 30-17, as senior Jennifer Wittenburg exploded for five kills in the first 12 points of the game.

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.

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