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Volume 70, Issue 60, Monday, November 15, 2004


Cougars fall in their last road trip

Cougars lose to Saint Louis, Memphis

Cougar Sports Services

The Cougars traveled to Saint Louis, then Memphis this weekend when they fell to both teams in three games on both matches, dropping them to 5-8 in Conference USA.

Thursday, junior libero Jaci Gonzales broke the Houston all-time career record in digs. The five-year-old mark, previously 1,602, was 1,621 and counting after Thursday's game. Gonzales was two digs short the previous game against Rice. Not only leading the Cougars in digs and digs per game, Gonzales has set the top three single-season dig marks.

"I have to give credit to the blockers because they channel the ball to where I am at. I couldn't do it without them," Gonzales told

On the 3-0 loss to the Billikens, senior Mirela Vasconcellos had the only double-double of the night with 23 assists and 12 digs. Leading with 15 kills was sophomore Kelly McAnelly, followed by senior Loure Dews and sophomore Becca Sartori, each with 12. 

Falling in three games, with scores of 30-27, 30-25, and 30-28, the Cougars battled by out-blocking the Billikens 12-10.

Saturday, the Cougars traveled to Memphis to the last regular Conference USA game of the regular season. The Cougars stand at 8-20 for the season, and 5-8 in C-USA, while the Tigers improved to 25-9 and 9-4.

Junior Kariny Ritter led the Cougars with a team high of 14 kills, followed by Dews with 11 kills. Breaking her own record for most digs in a single season by any Cougar, Gonzales led with 18 digs for the night. She now holds the top three spots for digs in a season, and increased her career record to 1,638.

In Game 1, the Cougars fell 30-23, but they battled in a second game that forced the two teams to a 34-32 end. The Cougars' previous best of 31 points against Rice in September was overthrown by the 32 points against the Tigers. In Game 3, both teams had 17 kills, with four attack errors from the Cougars and five from the Tigers. Despite the battle, the Cougars fell 30-27.

The Cougars will move to the C-USA Tournament on Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ky.

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