Volleyball Starts Road Swing at UAB Friday

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    Oct. 25, 2001

    HOUSTON, Texas - During its last six matches, the University of Houston volleyball team has surged through the Conference USA standings, thanks to a lengthy homestand.

    For the Cougars to continue their rise in the league now, they must win on the road.

    UH (10-8, 7-2 C-USA) starts a four-match road swing at 7 p.m. Friday against league rival UAB in Birmingham, Ala. The road trip wraps up Sunday with a 1 p.m. match at South Florida.

    During the last three weeks, the Cougars have moved from seventh in the C-USA race to its current standing of second place with DePaul. In addition, UH is only one game behind league leader Cincinnati with seven conference matches remaining.

    Friday's match will be the Cougars' first action in nearly a week. Recently, UH knocked off Charlotte 3-0 at Hofheinz Pavilion to extend its winning streak to a season-best five matches and improve to 5-0 on their home court in league matches.

    Against the 49ers, senior outside hitter Jennifer Wittenburg blasted a match-best 15 kills and added 10 digs for the 23rd double-double of her UH career. The Houston native ranks fourth nationally with 5.63 kills per game and moved into seventh place all-time in school career history with 1,160 kills.

    Junior middle hitter Jenny Tanneberger also added 11 kills and a match-high six blocks against Charlotte. Through 18 matches this season, the San Antonio, Texas, native leads the Cougars with a .332 attack percentage, nearly 100 points better than her closest competitor on the team and a mark high enough to rank her second in the latest C-USA statistics.

    UAB (8-13, 1-9 C-USA) comes into the match after a 3-0 win Tuesday over Troy State but has dropped 12 of its last 14 matches. Martina Shields leads the Blazers with 233 kills with Kristi Lee a close second at 208 kills. Shields also tops the team with 201 digs.



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