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    Cougar Student Athlete of the Week

    Kariny Ritter
    Kariny Ritter

    Nov. 7, 2005

    Kariny Ritter
    Sport: Volleyball
    Class: Senior
    Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil
    Experience: 1L

    2005 Season (Senior):
    As of October 27th

    Ritter is one of five Cougars to play in all 75 games this season ... has knocked double-digit kills in 19 of 20 matches, including a current streak of 13 consecutive matches ... fired at least 15 kills in 10 of those 13 matches ... paced squad smacking 20 or more kills in seven matches ... second on the team putting together seven doubles-doubles ... paced UH racking up 345 kills on 976 total attempts ... her 4.60 kills per game is 4th in Conference USA ... is strong on the front row behind Becca Sartori tallying 61 total blocks, including a team-best 19 solo efforts ... one of four players with over 100 digs ... started the season with back-to-back double-doubles against Wichita State (Aug. 26) (10 kills, 13 digs) and Stephen F. Austin (Aug. 27) (19 kills, 11 digs) ... connected on a .366 attack percentage and recorded a season-best six blocks against SFA ... earned C-USA Player of the Week (Aug. 28) ... first time that a Cougar has been honored with league POW award since 2002 ... slapped a career-best 79 attempts against Miami (Sept. 3) ... garnered five solo blocks along with 16 kills and 19 digs at No. 24 Kansas State (Sept. 10) ... notched 20 or more kills in three consecutive matches from Sept. 10 - 17 ... powered home 23 kills and surpassed 500 career kills against Florida State (Sept. 10) ... put together 20-kill performances against South Carolina (Sept. 16) and College of Charleston (Sept. 17) ... stepped up her play in conference action averaging 5.29 kills per game, second in the league ... smacked 19 kills against SMU (Oct. 7), while adding 17 kills six total blocks against Tulsa (Oct. 9) ... named C-USA Player of the Week for her efforts (Oct. 10) ... earned consecutive double-doubles at Southern Miss (Oct. 14) (18 kills and 10 digs) and UCF (Oct. 16) (31 kills and 12 digs) ... the 31 kills at UCF were a career-high, including seven spikes in the deciding fifth game ... honored as C-USA Co-Player of the Week (Oct. 17) ... joins Jennifer Whitenburg (2001) as the last Houston player to win back-to-back POW honorees and Jenny Tanneberger (2002) as the last Cougar to win three POW awards in a season ... tallied knocked 22 kills on a season-best .452 attack percentage against East Carolina (Oct. 22).

    2004 Season (Junior):
    Played in all but one game for the Cougars, appearing in all 32 matches and 120 of 121 games ... produced seven double-doubles in kills and digs ... second on the team with 359 kills and third with 254 digs ... set career-highs of 21 kills against Charlotte (Oct. 9), 23 digs against Alabama (Nov. 26), five block assists in back-to-back games against Ball State (Sept. 18) and Illinois (Sept. 17), and had 61 attacks against LSU (Nov. 27) ... named to the UT-Arlington All-Tournament Team after 35 kills, nine digs and three blocks over three matches.

    Before Houston:
    Played two seasons at Western Nebraska Community College, earning All-Region honors in 2002 and 2003 ... named All-American Second-Team in 2003 ... named All-Region Tournament Team in both 2002 and 2003.

    Full name is Kariny Machado Ritter ... born March 14, 1982 in Porto Alegre, Brazil ... daughter of Silvino and Loreni Ritter ... also recruited by Florida International, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Lamar ... chose to attend UH because "I liked it."

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