Sept. 22, 2002
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The University of Houston volleyball team defeated St. Mary's College 30-26, 22-30, 30-22 and 30-25 today at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. The win came after a 3-0 defeat by host No. 2 Hawai'i late Friday night.
Middle hitter Jenny Tanneberger, who is back from a shoulder injury, led the Cougars with 15 kills, 12 digs and six blocks. She also led the team hitting average (.324), her best since the September 7 match at Rice.
Outside hitters Jane Anne Karasek and Laura Koster were also strong at the net, adding 13 kills and one ace apiece. Karasek also added eight digs and three blocks, while Koster racked up 11 digs and two blocks.
Houston jumped out to a 10-5 lead in game one the Gaels answered to cut the Cougar lead to 20-19. UH stormed back with a 4-0 run own on the strength of Koster's serve to take the game 30-26. The second game started out close with teams hitting a deadlock at 15-15. But St. Mary's used a couple of small runs before scoring the final four points of the game, winning 30-22.
The third game again started out close but Karasek served eight straight and Tanneberger added four points to give the Cougars the 30-22 win in game three. Neither team could get an early advantage in game four but UH went on a 8-3 run to hold match point at 29-23. St. Mary's reeled off two points before the Cougars won the match on a kill by Dews, taking the fourth game 30-25.
The Cougars will head back to Texas to battle Baylor in Waco Thursday at 7 p.m. Action returns to Hofheinz Pavilion on October 4 when Houston battles conference rival Tulane at 7:30 p.m.