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Volume 68, Issue 59, Friday, November 15, 2002

Sports
 

Karasek back for Charlotte, ECU

By Emily Davis
The Daily Cougar

If the third time's the charm, the Cougars should conjure up new tricks for its final Conference USA matches against Charlotte and East Carolina this weekend after losing three consecutive conference home matches.

UH (16-10, 6-5 in C-USA) will face off against the 49ers (15-14, 5-6) today and the Pirates (6-22, 0-11) on Saturday with the same roster used to earn the Cougars a 7-0 season-opening record, UH's best start in seven years.

"Now that our team is back to its original roster, everything is coming along much better," sophomore middle hitter Loure Dews said.


Senior outside hitter Jane Anne Karasek has been sidelined since Oct. 23 but should be back on the team when the Cougars face Charlotte on Friday and East Carolina on Saturday.
Allen Cernosek/The Daily Cougar

Head coach Bill Walton said the team's last three matches are disappointing losses but will prepare the Cougars for their challengers in the postseason.

"We've (been bringing) our 'C' game to the court," he said. "If we manage to take our 'A' game to conference, we will be fine."

The Cougars will rely on veteran experience to prevail this weekend.

Senior middle hitter Jenny Tanneberger posted 17 digs against Louisville last week and gained her eighth double-double against Tulane on Tuesday.

Senior outside hitter Jane Anne Karasek, who fractured her arm against Southern Methodist, will return this weekend, but Walton said her playing time has not been determined.

Senior setter Donna Sellen, who led with 57 assists in Tuesday's match, said she looks forward to the benefits the year-end matches will have on the Cougars' postseason performances.

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