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
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