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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas !    Sports Page 8 i I _    _ S V boasts more I quality despite fewer numbers start tournaments All three of the Comal County varsity volleyball teams are participating in tournaments this weekend, with each of the three in a separate event. Canyon began the Alamo Heights tournament Thursday night against Ursuline in a pool-play match. The Cougarettes continue pool play today at 4 p.m. against La Vernia and at 7 p.m. against Medina Valley. The other pool in the Heights tournament features the host Mule team, Hays, Floresville and Marble Falls. The championship match is Saturday atS:30p.m. New Braunfels began pool play this morning at the Seguin tournament at Texas Lutheran College against San Antonio Madison, a team the Unicorns beat Wednesday in their season opener. The Unicorns also played Edison at 11:30 a.m. and will play Brackenridge at 2:13 p.m. in pool play matches. The other pool features the host • Matadors, Fox Tech, Judson and Round Rock. The lop two teams from each pool enter the winners’ bracket and the remaining two the consolation > bracket.    s If New Braunfels reaches the win- * ncrs’ bracket, the team will begin play at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The consolation teams begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. The tournament’s championship game is at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Smithson Valley opens its season • in Kerrville at the Tivy tournament. The Rangercttes began pool play at 9 a m. today against Uvalde. They continue with Harper ai 12:30 p.m. and Ingram at 1:45 p.m. If Smithson Valley finishes first in its pool, the Rangercttes will start at 8 a m. Saturday. The second-place team * plays at 9:15 a.m. The championship game of the Tivy tournament is at 3:30 p.m. Houston defeats Ranis in sloppy 16-13 contest V olleyball teams Jason Boss (#42) and the Smithson Valley Rangers travel to Dripping Springs today for an 8 p.m. scrimmage against the Tigers. In other local football action during the first week of scrimmages, Canyon travels to Burger Center to face Austin McCallum and New Braunfels hosts Leander. Scrimmages today for Canyon, NB, SY Football scrimmages start today for all of the local teams, with New Braunfels at home and the two 26-4A teams on the road. The Unicorns host Leander rn a 7:30 pjn. scrimmage. J The teams will each run 20 plays with the varsity team, and then 15 each with the J Vs. That process will then be repeated. ! Smithson Valley is traveling to Dripping Springs for an 8 p.m. scrimmage. The freshmen will start at 5:30 pm. and the junior varsity 6:30 p.m. The Rangers and Tigers will each run three sets of 20 plays, and conclude the scrimmage with some goal-line plays if time remains. Canyon will participate in a rare regular-type scrimmage as the Cougars, who prefer game-situation scrimmages, travel to Burger Center in Austin to play McCallum at 7:30 pm. The teams will run 15 plays with the first offenses and defenses, and then IO each with the second teams before repeating the process. The freshman teams begin the scrimmage at 5 pm. and the JVs follow at 6 pm. Burger Center is (rn South Lamar (Highway 71) just south of Ben White Blvd. MEMPHIS, Term. (AP) — What is was was football — exhibition style. A crowd announced at 63,285, more than the Liberty Bowl’s capacity of 62,425, watched the Houston Oilers bobble their way past the Los Angeles Rams 16-13 Thursday night. “Preseason games are funny,” said Rams Coach John Robinson. “You don’t get the home crowd intensity, but this crowd seemed intense, intelligent and into football.” The teams, meanwhile, were into fumble-bal). There were ll turnovers, including three interceptions and one fumble by Houston quarterback Warren Moon. “I didn’t have a good night,” Moon said in an understatement. But Steve Jackson and backup quarterback Cody Carlson rallied the Oilers, who trailed 10-7 at halftime, to the victory. Late in the third quarter, Jackson blocked a Dale Hatcher punt { through the end /.one for a safety that pulled Houston to 10-9 with 3:46 to go Carlson then moved the Oilers 55 yards in six plays, capping the drive with a 9-yard scoring pass to Tony Jones with 21 seconds left in the quarter. The Rams had a chance to take back the lead in the fourth period, but quarterback Chuck Long fumbled the snap on third down and ex-Oiler Tony Zendcjas hit a 40-yard field goal with 6:49 left. By JOE BELK aporia Editor For the first time she can remember, Louise Davidson isn’t going to Have much company on the Smithson Valley bench. • This year’s Rangerette volleyball team features IO varsity players — half seniors and half juniors. And Davidson said the quality of the team makes up for its lack of numbers, something the Smithson Valley coach really doesn’t mind. “Everybody’s going to get a lot of playing time, so everybody’s going to get good,’’ she said. “Later on, we might settle in on a smaller rotation, but I really don’t see that happening. They’re all pretty good — there’s just a couple that are a little bit more outstanding.’’ Davidson said the fact that all of the players are likely to see a lot of time on the court should help the team’s morale. ' “As a coach, you want to win and you want to do well, but you also want the kids to be happy. When they’re playing, they’re going to be happy,” she said. “Of course, they know varsity is about being the best — that’s what we expect from them (at that Ijvel).” r Davidson said the team is working Hard in practice to maintain its focus sjfrd intensity, and she expeas that to Aow on the court. riRangerettes This is the 1991 varsity roster for the Smithson Valley Rangerette volleyball team, with classifications, heights and positions included for each player. Position names are OH (outside hitler), OS (defensive specialist), S (setter) and MH/B (middle hitter/ blocker). Player Kiana Arizpe Dan! Barr Tiffany Friesenhahn Amy Huckle Kayetyn Moehrtg Karen Smith Kerry Jo Smith Tara Smith Loretta Triesch Lacy WagnerSchedule Here Is the schedule for the 1991 Smithson Valley Rangerette varsity volleyball team. District 26-4A games are denoted with an asterisk. a. HL Pot. ii 5-6 MH/B 12 5-10 MH/B 12 5-7 OH 11 5-5 DB 11 5-7 S/H 12 5-5 OH 12 5-2 S 12 5-6 DS 11 5-8 MH/B 11 56 OH would say we’ll be more aggres-jjve than usual offensively,” she said. ‘fWe’ve been really conscious of that Aid working on it. I think that’s $ way s been our do wnfal I. ’ * J This year’s Rangerette team members, Davidson said, have been doing 4 good job of working together and iftotivating each other. “They’re eager to learn and eager to make themselves better,” she said. “They’re fun to coach because they’re not a bunch of individuals. Some of them try to be that way at times, but the others get in their face about it” Davidson said she has been sensing a commitment on the part of the players to dedicate themselves to the program and to winning. That intangible. Del* Opponent Time 6/23-24 Kerrville Tivy tournament 8/27 at Burnet 730 8/30-31 Fraulein Volleyfest 9/3 Boerne 700 9/8 St. Michael's 6:30 9/10 Dripping Springs 7:30 9/13-14 Dripping Springs tournament 9/17 at Tivy 7.00 9/20 at Floresville 5:30 9/23 at Devine 7:30 9/26 ‘Canyon 700 10/1 ‘at Lockhart 700 10/4 ‘Hays 530 10/10 ‘Clemens 700 10/12 ‘at Bastrop IOO 10/15 ‘at Canyon 700 10/18 ‘Lockhart 530 10/22 ‘at Hays 700 10/25 ‘at Clemens 5:30 10/29 ‘Bastrop 700 she believes, may help put the team over the top. “That’s been the difference between our teams that have been OK and the ones that were real good,” she said. The Rangerettes return two senior players, Tiffany Friesenhahn and Karen Smith, who both had important roles on last year’s team. Both will be outside hitters this season, and both should play all the way around. “We’re looking to them for a lot of leadership,” Davidson said. “I’m sure they’ll be (among) the best players in the district.” Smithson Valley’s two returning varsity volleyball players, Karen Smith (left) and Tiffany Friesenhahn, are expected to provide leadership and strong play to this year’s ambitious Rangerette team. look for her to do a lot of things to help us.” Also playing in the middle is junior hitter/blocker Loretta Triesch, who is coming off a very strong JV season. “She’s getting really effective at the net, and she can jump out of the gym,” Davidson said. “I think she’ll be roofing a few people.” Lacy Wagner is also playing her first year on varsity as a junior, and Davidson said her blocking and hitting have improved. Wagner will primarily be playing at outside hitter. “Her hitting is really coming around, and she’s looking better every day,” Davidson said. The Rangerette coach is pleased that her team has a lot of different skills, and she feels the team is generally well-balanced. “Tiffany, Kayelyn and Iliana arc probably our strongest hit jrs right now,” she said. “But all of the cogs SM RANGERETTES, Pag* 9 The team features three other seniors, one of whom is setter Kerry Jo Smith. Davidson said Smith sets the ball very well, and is steadily improving on getting to the pass. She said the senior has been working hard and docs a good job of running the offense. Tara Smith, Davidson said, is one of the most versatile defensive players on the team. “She’s a really steady player, and she’s surprised me in a lot of ways,” the coach said. “She can play any position on the back row real effectively. I’ve been real, real pleased with her play.” Dani Barr, also a senior, is Smithson Valley’s tallest player at 5-10. Barr is a good blocker whose attitude also helps the team. “Just having her around makes you feel good about yourself — she’s always so happy,” Davidson said. “She’s a very good blocker — she’s got great reach, and she’s doing a real- Volleyball ’91 Third in a series ly good job of reading the hitters.” The junior group features a defensive specialist and four hitters, one of whom also sets. Amy Huckle is one of the Rangerettes’ lop defenders, and she is also improving on the front row. The coach said that Huckle’s skills increased greatly in the offseason while playing summer-league ball. “She’s always been good, but now she’s real good,” she said. “Anything I ask of her, Amy does — she’s real coachable. She’ll do what it takes to make us successful.” Kayelyn Moehrig is a junior setter/ hitter who played briefly on varsity last season. She also played in the Junior Olympics during the summer. “She’s months ahead of some of the others,” Davidson said, describing Moehrig as an excellent setter and a very strong hitter. “She knows the game of volleyball, plus she’s just good. It helps to have someone like that on the court.” Another junior who has been impressive is Iliana Arizpe, who is playing in the middle even though she is 5-6. Davidson said Arizpe brings an aggressive and competitive attitude to the team. “lf I was playing and she was on the other side of the net, I think I’d be afraid,” she said of Arizpe. “She’s a competitor and a real tough player. I ;