Friday, October 26, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 47


Volleyball hits the road after home stand boosts UH into tie for second 

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston volleyball team hits the road this weekend with a five-match winning streak on the line.

The weekend's matches will be the first in six days for the Cougars since they polished off Charlotte on Saturday.

UH will play Alabama-Birmingham on Friday at 7 p.m. and South Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Cougars have rocketed into a second-place tie with DePaul in Conference USA due to their two exceptional wins last weekend.

The Cougars are only one game behind Conference USA leader Cincinnati.

UAB currently sits in last place in C-USA, having won only one of nine games (against Charlotte, 3-1). The Blazers are 8-13 overall and have dropped 12 of their last 14 matches.

Sophomore outside hitter Martina Shields has been playing well this season. She consistently scores in the double digits in kills and led UAB in kills and double-doubles last

Shields leads the Blazers with 233 kills, but it doesn't take much to be a star on UAB's team this season. Junior right-side hitter Kristi Lee ranks second on the team with 208 kills.

Sunday the Cougars will butt heads with the South Florida Bulls. USF will be the toughest league match Houston has faced this season. The Bulls' record this season is 13-7
overall and 6-3 in league play.

The Bulls are currently resting in fifth place in C-USA, trailing the Cougars by one loss.

Last season the Bulls spanked the Cougars 1-3, so Houston will be seeking revenge against USF.

The Cougars will look to senior outside hitter Jennifer Wittenburg and junior middle hitter Jenny Tanneberger for big games this weekend.

Wittenburg is on track to secure a seat in the top five players for highest career kills at Houston. She currently ranks seventh all-time at UH with 1,160 kills.

Wittenburg averages 5.63 kills per game and is ranked No. 4 in the country.

Tanneberger leads the Cougars with a .332 attack average. This is nearly 100 points better than any team competitor, and is good enough to rank her No. 2 in C-USA.

The Cougars' best games have not been road games, so the team will need to concentrate to keep its momentum going as their season winds down and the C-USA
championships near.

Send comments to

To contact the Sports Section Editor, click the e-mail link at the end of this article.

To contact other members of 
The Daily Cougar Online staff, 


Advertise in The Daily Cougar

Student Publications
University of Houston
151C Communication Bldg
Houston, Texas 77204-4015

©2005, Student Publications. All rights reserved.
Permissions/Web Use Policy


Last upFriday, October 26, 2001:

Visit The Daily Cougar