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Volleyball Splits at Rockhurst Tourney


Andrea Voss
Andrea Voss

September 4, 2001


         With a 4-4 record, SIUE volleyball Coach Todd Gober isn't exactly jumping for joy but he isn't disappointed either.
         The Cougars won both of their matches this past Friday defeating Southwest Baptist in three games and Dallas Baptist in four games. On Saturday, the Cougars lost to both Pittsburg State and host Rockhurst.
         "We started out well. We played really well on Friday with good blocking and a good hitting average in both games," said Gober.
         On Saturday, the team made too many errors, according to Gober. "We believe that we are better a better team than Pittsburg State but they got some late momentum and our team just did not fight back.
         "The team has good team chemistry, good attitudes and they want to get better," said Gober. "Our 4-4 record is not bad considering we are still learning a new system and trying to set up our lineup."
         Andrea Voss (St. Rose) was named to the All-Tournament team at the Rockhurst Tournament. She leads the Cougars with 1.27 blocks per game and is third in the GLVC in blocks.
         Jennifer Trame (Highland) emerged as the team's top hitter. Trame holds a .281 hitting percentage with 3.06 kills per game.
         Amanda Hampton (Park Hills, Mo.) was the team's setter and had a good weekend, according to Gober. She leads the team in digs with 82, which Gober feels is unusual for a setter. "It means she can really read plays well," he said.
         Gober also was pleased with Stephanie Trame (Highland), who had 18 digs against Dallas Baptist and led the team in digs for the weekend. It was her first time to play back row defense for SIUE. Jenny Franklin (LaSalle) also had 22 digs in the game against Pittsburgh State and is second on the team in digs per game.
         "This team has a lot of bright spots but haven't put it all together yet," said Gober. The team travels to Findlay, Ohio, for the Findlay Invitational this weekend. "This weekend we need to settle the lineup. That is more important than wins and losses. This is a tournament with regional teams so it is an important one. We have a shot at coming back four and zero from it but it depends on if we can bring it together or not."
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