Wittenburg Named to Volleyball All-Conference First Team

    Senior Leads UH At C-USA Tournament Friday Afternoon

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - University of Houston senior outside hitter Jennifer Wittenburg has been named First Team All-Conference USA on a vote of the league's head volleyball coaches it was announced at the 2000 Healthy Choice Championship Tournament this week in Charlotte. Cougar seniors Michelle Frazier and Bobbi Stewart were named to the C-USA Second Team.

    Wittenburg, a Houston native and standout from Cy Falls High School, has recorded over 445 kills this season despite missing almost a month with a foot injury. She is ranked second in the nation with 6.36 kills per game and seventh in the country with 4.41 defensive digs per game.

    Wittenburg was joined on the all-league first team by Cincinnati's Rachel Beran, Trish Ladusaw, Bonita Wise and Stephanie Meinig, DePaul's Kara Jakusz and Stephanie Bishop, Louisville's Stacey Mercer, Colleen Hunter of Saint Louis, South Florida's Rachelle Paul and Michelle Collier as well as Tulane's Kim Sentmore. Collier was named the Player of the Year after leading the Bulls to the regular season title.

    The second team consists of Charlotte's Ozlem Ozkan, Cincinnati's Shauntel Miller, DePaul's Christa Dirr, Louisville's Kelly McClain, Lesley Drury, Emily Roberson and Anastasia Zaitseva, Marquette's Mehgan Devine, South Florida's Melanie Mueller and Tulane's Erin Dobyanski.

    Houston (19-8 over all and 11-5 in C-USA) is the No. 4 seed of the tournament and has a bye from opening-round action on Thursday. The Cougars will meet the winner of the DePaul-UAB match at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17.

    
    2000 CONFERENCE USA VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
    
    First Team All-C-USA    
    RACHEL BERAN, DS, Cincinnati
    TRISH LADUSAW, OH, Cincinnati
    STEPHANIE MEINIG, MB, Cincinnati
    BONITA WISE, MB, Cincinnati
    KARA JAKUSZ, S, DePaul
    STEPHANIE BISHOP, OH, DePaul
    JENNIFER WITTENBURG, RH, Houston
    STACEY MERCER, MB, Louisville
    COLLEEN HUNTER, MH, Saint Louis
    MICHELLE COLLIER, OH, South Florida
    RACHELLE PAUL, MB, South Florida
    KIM SENTMORE, Opp., Tulane
    
    Second Team All-C-USA
    OZLEM OZKAN, S, Charlotte
    SHAUNTEL MILLER, OH, Cincinnati
    CHRISTA DIRR, MB, DePaul
    MICHELLE FRAZIER, MH, Houston
    BOBBI STEWART, OH, Houston
    KELLY MCCLAIN, OH, Louisville
    LESLEY DRURY, OH, Louisville
    EMILY ROBERSON, OH/S, Louisville
    ANASTASIA ZAITSEVA, OH, Louisville
    MEHGAN DEVINE, MB, Marquette
    MELANIE MUELLER, S, South Florida
    ERIN DOBYANSKI, MH, Tulane
    
    All-Freshman Team
    LAURA LAUDER, S, Cincinnati
    ANASTASIA ZAITSEVA, OH, Louisville
    ANN LOPATA, OH, Marquette
    BRITTANY BARNETT, OH, Memphis
    SHANNAN SWINEY, S, Saint Louis
    LAUREN JONES-MCCLAIN, OH, Tulane
    
    Player of the Year: MICHELLE COLLIER, South Florida
    Coach of the Year: NANCY MUELLER, South Florida
    Setter of the Year: KARA JAKUSZ, DePaul
    Defensive Player of the Year: TRISH LADUSAW, Cincinnati
    Co-Freshmen of the Year: LAURA LAUDER, Cincinnati; 
                                    ANASTASIA ZAITSEVA, Louisville

     

     

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