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Volume 68, Issue 53, Thursday, November 7, 2002


Depleted volleyball team keeps battling

By Emily Davis
The Daily Cougar

Victory knocked on the Cougarsi door last weekend and the seven-player volleyball team answered, inviting in wins over Conference USA foes DePaul and Marquette and improving its record to 16-7 (6-2 in C-USA).

UH will look for similar houseguests this weekend as it heads into another all-conference home stretch against Louisville at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Cincinnati at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hofheinz Pavilion.

Despite numerous team injuries, head coach Bill Walton said the Cougars are recuperating and keeping hopes alive for a trip to the conference tournament beginning Nov. 24. Currently UH stands as the No. 4 team in C-USA.

"No one knows what will happen from day to day," he said. "But if everyone plays their best while the injured players recover, we should be fine."

Senior Jenny Tanneberger, named C-USA Co-Player of the Week for the third time this season, will lead her team against the conferenceis No. 2 and No. 3 teams. The 6-0 middle hitter contributed 25 kills and 15 digs against Marquette last weekend, gaining her sixth double-double of the year.

Outside hitter Laura Koster also posted a double-double in the four-game victory over Marquette, and will look to add powerful hitting in this weekendis matches. The 6-0 sophomore has returned to full strength after an ankle injury earlier in the season.

Sophomore Loure Dews has been on the non-active list after tearing tissue in her foot three weeks ago. Dews is expected to play more in the coming matches.

Although senior Jane Anne Karasek is nursing a fractured arm and will not play until the C-USA tournament, the team will look for compensation in back row specialists Jaci Gonzalez, Mirela Vasconcellos and Ali Roberts, who added 10 digs and three kills against Marquette.

"I always try to do my best on defense," Vasconcellos said. "That is how I help my teammates."

Louisville, currently 8-1 in C-USA (19-4 overall), leads the conference in kills and assists. The Cardinals will attempt to hand UH an at-home loss with the efforts of Bing Sun of Bejing, who nailed 13 kills in last weekendis victory over Memphis.

The Cincinnati Bearcats are on a 10-game winning streak. Sophomore Julie DuPont, outside hitter, will lead the Bearcats into Sundayis game after adding 20 kills and eight digs in last weekendis victory over Saint Louis.

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