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Volume 68, Issue 56, Tuesday, November 12, 2002


Cougars will try to ride Wave at home

By Emily Davis
The Daily Cougar

As the UH volleyball team winds down its regular-season, the Cougars have renewed hopes for a Conference USA title after overcoming the temporarily crippling loss of vital players.

"Everyone is healthy except for Jane Anne (Karasek), and we look for her to return for the conference tournament," head coach Bill Walton said.

Throughout the season, half the teamis starting six players sustained injuries, which whittled the number of available bodies down to seven as recently as two weeks ago.

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Senior middle hitter Jenny Tanneberger and the rest of the Cougar volleyball team hope to end a two-game losing streak against Conference USA opponents when it plays Tulane tonight at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Sophomores Loure Dews and Laura Koster have since returned to the active list and look to lead the Cougars into a final home victory against Tulane at 6 p.m. tonight in Hofheinz Pavilion.

"Weire ecstatic that (Dews) is playing again in her usual position," Koster said. "Now that everyone will be better for the conference tournament, we are motivated to be the team we knew we were when the season began."

UH will also look for a boost behind seniors Jenny Tanneberger and Donna Sellen. The duo has claimed high numbers for the Cougars this season, including 17 kills from Tanneberger and 36 assists from Sellen in Sundayis loss to Cincinnati.

The Cougarsi defense has worked to earn the team a 6-4 C-USA winning record (16-9 overall). 

Freshman Jaci Gonzalez, sophomore Mirela Vasconcellos and junior Ali Roberts combined for 42 digs against the Bearcats, and Vasconcellos added the teamis only service ace of the afternoon.

Sophomore middle hitter Riauna Knox was thrust into a starting role after the string of injuries to her teammates and responded with strong performances, including five kills and five digs in Sundayis match.

The match-up between UH and the Green Wave was scheduled for Oct. 4 in Hofheinz Pavilion, but Tropical Storm Fay ravaged New Orleans and changed Tulaneis traveling plans.

Tulane looks to improve its record (19-13, 7-5 in C-USA) during the make-up match with senior outside hitter Britney Hurst, whose 615th season kill against Southern Miss last weekend set a new school record.

Sophomores Deva Fowler and Anastasia Kenon both recorded double-digit kills in last weekendis game, with Kenon adding 20 digs.

The Cougars lead the all-time series record against the Green Wave, 15-1.

The Cougars finish off their season in North Carolina against Charlotte on Nov. 15 and East Carolina on Nov. 16 before heading to Chicago for the C-USA Championship Tournament beginning Nov. 22.

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