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Volume 68, Issue 19, Friday, September 20, 2002


UH wants to say 'Aloha' to streak

By Lauren McFarlane
The Daily Cougar

UH will battle UH this weekend. But it will be in a more scenic backdrop than a dreary Houston skyline.

The UH volleyball team will attempt to stop its three-match skid as it travels to Honolulu, Hawaii to face the No. 2 ranked Hawaii Rainbow Wahine today and the St. Mary's Gaels on Sunday.

The Cougars (7-3) started the season undefeated before dropping three consecutive matches to Lamar, No. 4 Stanford and Ohio.

UH will attempt to continue its drive for a 21st consecutive winning season at midnight against Hawaii, and it will have one of its star players back on the court. Senior hitter Jenny Tanneberger is fully recovered from a previous shoulder injury and is expected to play in both matches.

Senior hitter Jane Anne Karasek, left, is coming off All-Tournament honors at the Florida Invitational. Karasek and the rest of the UH volleyball team will face No. 2 Hawaii today.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

The Cougars will definitely need a healthy Tanneberger, senior setter Donna Sellen and outside hitter Jane Anne Karasek (who was named to the Florida Invitational's All-Tournament Team) as they prepare to face their second top-ranked opponent in seven days.

Hawaii is currently 8-0 on the season. Hawaii defeated the Samorodok club team from Russia in an exhibition on Tuesday, sweeping all four games, 31-29, 30-21, 30-28 and 30-26.

The Rainbow Wahine are led by Kim Willoughby's 164 kills and 95 digs and Lily Kahumoka's 4.90 kill-per-game average. Lauren Duggins leads the Wahine with 25 blocks. Margaret Vakasausau is the leading setter with 9.40 per game.

St. Mary's (3-4) last played in the Pacific Invitational. They went 1-2 in the tournament, losing to No. 15 Arizona and No. 22 Pacific.

The Gaels were strong to the end, doing statistically well in its last game, proving its ablity to compete against nationally ranked teams.

Senior setter Brooke Lowery is averaging 10.09 assists and was named to the All-Tournament Team in last week's invitational. 

Three of the Gaels' four losses have been against ranked opponents.

After a road game at Baylor on Wednesday, the Cougars return home to Hofheinz to begin Conference USA competition against Tulane on Oct. 4 and Southern Miss on Oct. 5.

The two-match home stand begins a string of four consecutive matches against C-USA opponents.

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