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Volume 68, Issue 16, Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Sports
 

Tanneberger wants to lead team to NCAAs

By Emily Davis
The Daily Cougar

Senior volleyball player Jenny Tanneberger leaves her fans breathless when she kills a ball and scores a point for the Cougar team.

But fans aren't the only ones impressed by the 6-footer officials, coaches and collegiate administrators award Tanneberger time and time again for her prowess both on and off the court.

This season Tanneberger was named to the All Conference USA preseason team and the Cardinal Classic All Tournament team.

"I try not to pay much attention to awards and recognition," Tanneberger said. "I just go out there to play my game. It's all very flattering, but I am more interested in how my team does."



Senior hitter Jenny Tanneberger eyes the competition from across the net for the UH volleyball team.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

Tanneberger, a transfer from the University of Texas, graduated from Taft High School in San Antonio and was named to the All Conference USA team last season with a .378 attack percentage.

"I try to lead my team by example," Tanneberger said. "I think I am able to give the younger players something to look up to after improving my leadership qualities since last season."

Tanneberger also finds strength on the court from teammate and senior setter Donna Sellen.

"Tanneberger and Sellen have that E.T. and Elliot kind of understanding on the court," volleyball head coach Bill Walton said. "When one has a great game, the other one does too."

Tanneberger said her game has improved tremendously since last season because of her off-season work and maturity on the court. She also attributes her ability to make fantastic plays so early in the season to another year of experience.

My mind is focused on helping my team get to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament, the middle hitter said.

"I hope my actions on the court can get us pumped up for the rest of the season," she said.

Tanneberger's quiet confidence and openness to self-improvement is evident each time she takes the floor. Her stunning performance last season with 352 kills and 107 total blocks in 27 games is just an old record in her book.

"I want to make sure my consistency goes up this season as well as my back-row abilities," she said. "There's always room for improvement."

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