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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Smithson Valley season wrapup, Page 10A orts Herald-Zeltung Wednesday, November 13,1985 Pago SACougarettes wipe out Rattlers Statistics    Liana Tyler ..... Tara Cappleman Kim Krieg ...... Kara brisk ill..... Kathryn Kyle ... Renata Rittimann ............J I ®    J    *    Mo"or.nd.Cltv ' Cheryl Butler    OOO    I    0 Shiela Soechting    410    3    1    Joanna Codington Canyon vs. Rio Grande City Assists, aces, blocks, kills, points Canyon A A B K 16    0    11    IO    Debbie Earhart    0    10    0    1 1    2 0    0    2    Juhe Casas    OOO    3    2 H    2    0    0    2    Loreen Lopez ...........3    0    0    1    0 0    0    0    1    0    Diane Gutierrez...........0    0    0    0    0 0    10    0    1    Martha Guerra    0    0    0    1    0 OOO    0    0    Sandra Leal ........... 0 0 0    3    0 17 15 0    22    21    Lorena Cabrera ...........0 0 0    1    0 A A B K P Totals.......................t    2    0    9    4 0    10    0    1    Scores:    15    6.    15-6.    CanyonBy DAVID KIND Sports editor MATHIS — The Canyon Cougarettes were as serious as a summit conference Tuesday night. Canyon blocked out all the distractions — and there were more than a few — and wiped out the Rio Grande City Rattlers, 15-5, 15-6 in an area volleyball playoff match at Mathis High School. The decision sends the Cougarettes into the regional playoff — the equivalent of the state quarterfinals — Saturday against South San West, which beat Brownsville Pace Tuesday in Sinton. Canyon overcame some heavy-handed intimidation tactics, some petty annoyances and a ceiling that at times seemed to be creeping closer to the floor. “We were very determined to play well,” Canyon Coach Donna Boehle said. “We had heard a lot about this team, but we wanted to play our style and not fall into their pattern.” Or into their mind games. The Rattlers’ coach tried to intimidate Boehle — as futile as trying to stare down a statue — as well as bully the officials. Rio Grande city also posted cheerleaders to try and distract Canyon’s servers. Nothing worked on the Cougarettes, who stoically roll ed to a 13-1 lead in the first game, then scored nine of the last IO points to win the second contest. “We didn’t want them to get rolling,” Boehle said. “They started a little bit at the end of the first game and the start of the second.” The turning point of the match came early in the second game after a Canyon time out. Two Cougarettes had just bumped into each other on a return, and the ball soared up and bounced off the ceiling beams for a point to make it 6-5, Canyon. After the time out and one exchange of serves, Canyon scored three quick points on an ace from Nancy Tieken, a hard shot from Liana Tyler and a Rio Grande City dink that fell out of bounds. The Rattlers narrowed the score to 9-6 when Canyon hit the ball into the net, but the Cougarettes shut them out the rest of the way while slowly building the lead. Every time Rio Grande City got the serve, Canyon’s defense would pick it up, pass well and get the ball to one of its hitters for a kill. The Cougarettes made it 10-6 on a kill by Tyler, then 12-6 on an ace from the senior and a kill by Tieken A Rio Grande City mistake pushed the score to 13-6, and Tyler scored on a hard, sliding serve. After a Rattler time out. Tyler repeated her ace to end the match “All the girls have different styles to their serves — some tail off, some reverse.” Boehle said “We served so tough.” Canyon won the first game on its serving, posting an amazing IO aces Tieken, Tyler, Shiela Soechting, Tara Cappleman and Kim Krieg all scored aces in the first game, as the Cougarettes’ serving stunned the Rattlers And when they weren’t shocked by the serving, they were surprised at the variety of hits they saw from the Cougarette offense. Tieken pounded the ball in the first game, bouncing one hit off a Rio Grande City player’s forehead. And when she wasn’t ripping the ball, somebody else was “Shiela Soechting uncorked some shots tonight, and that kept them off balance,” Boehle said. “I don’t think they were expecting the ball to come from over there, much less come with that much speed and from that angle.” Cheryl Butler also had a kill that surprised the Rattlers in the first game. Canyon simply ran off and hid in the opener, grabbing a quick 6-1 lead before the Rattlers could call time out and then running up the score In the Cougarettes’ 13-1 start, no player served more than three times, but every server was effective And when the Rattlers did get into their offense. Ca nyon’s defense picked up the ball and kept the Cougarettes in charge “I’m relaxed now. but tomorrow 1 11 get tense again.” Boehle saidDavid King Leopards oust Smithson Valley * ct? LESLIE KRIEWALDT HERALDZEITU*G Smithson Valley's Roxanne Wehe bumps the ball back over the net during Tuesday's matchBy TOM LABINSKI Sfafff writer SAN MARCOS - Smithson Valley must feel like it has been had by the neighborhood bully La Grange’s aggressive tactics paid off early as the Leopards wore down the Rangerettes, winning the Region IV playoff match 16-14. 15-11 at Strahan Coliseum Tuesday night. “It was a good effort on our part, but we were a little tentative early on in the match,” said Smithson Valley Coach Louise Davidson La Grange opened the first game by taking a 7-2 lead, alternating driving kills in the back court with arching dinks which would fall just over the net. The Rangerettes recovered by making the score 9-6 with a block and a kill by Laurie Hughes and a service ace by Michelle Henmgar, but the Leopards regained the momentum with three Rangerette miscues and a kill by Stephanie Wilson After a block by Shalynn McCoy for the Rangerettes. a kill by La Grange’s Melba Homer made the score 14-7 Smithson Valley fought back, taking the next seven points to tie the score. An ace by Roxanne Wehe and an over zealous kill put the score at 14-9. After a time out, Smithson Valley kept the momentum and the ball when McCoy, back to the net. hit a two-handed kill that caught the Leopard backcourt unaware After a La Grange set fell into the net, Wehe drilled another ace Susan Davis fed Tiffany Beene with an easy kill and the Leopards were forced to call their last time out. A block by McCoy tied the game at 14 before the Rangerettes finally lost the serve After a brief exchange of posessions. Lesia Henderson recorded a block and Wilson found a hole in the Smithson Valley backcourt to take the first game “We didn t play our best in the first game but I thought we still could have won it We were just struggling,’’ Davidson said. The Rangerettes seemed a little weary in the second game, as La Grange took a 4-1 lead “I think we were a little tired in the second game after having fought back so hard in the firstStatistics Smithson Vs My vt La Grangs Assists seas blocks kits points Smithson Vs Its y A A • K P Poaanne V/ena 0 2 0 2 3 Shatynn McCoy 0 1 3 6 • T iff any Bear* 12 0 0 2 I Susan Davit « 0 I 4 3 Laona Hughes 0 0 2 3 3 Michelle Henmgar 0 I 2 3 2 Totals . .......... La Grange It 4 • 20 It A A B K P Melba Horna» 0 0 6 IO t I asia Manderson 6 0 1 I 2 Tracy Sehwenfc# 0 0 0 2 I Janet) Cal dwelt 0 1 0 0 1 Pauls /Aieaie' 9 0 1 0 1 Laurie Prs usa 0 0 0 2 0 St eon ante Wilson 0 I I 2 3 Totals IS 2 * Score* IS 14 1511. La Granga IS It game Still, we should never have let them get ahead like that,” Davidson said A kill by Davis gave the serve back to the Rangerettes. who promptly took the lead. McCoy and Davis recorded quick kills to make it 4-3. and after eight serve exchanges, a La Grange kill in the net and a kill by Henmgar gave Smithson Valley its only lead. After the Leopards tied the score at five. the teams exchanged serves eight more times before La Grange rattled off three unanswered points “It seemed we played very good when they had the serve and then when we won it back, we d slack off a bit,” Davidson said. The leopards maintained their three-point lead at 11-8. but a net violation by Smithson Valley and an ace by Wilson made the score 13-8 The Rangerettes mounted another drive, but this one also fell short La Grange had one block in the net and another out of bounds and a block by Davis cut the lead to 13-11 Another net violation by Smithson Valley gave the serve back to the Panthers, who put the game away with a block and a kill by Homer. Homer led ail players with IO kills and eight points, while McCoy led the Rangerettes with six kills “I think we just tried a little too hard I know that we could beat them, but not the way we played tonight It was a good effort, they played their hearts out And I’m very proud that they never gave up in either game.” Davidson said Cougars set to explode All season, Canyon football Coach Troy Burch has been talking about the Cougars’ putting it all together, playing a complete ballgame on offense and defense on the same night. Burch doesn’t think the Cougars have done that. There have been nights when they came close, like the first week of the season against Gonzales or the wipeout of Kerrville Tivy. But there’s always been something nagging, something that keeps the Cougars from pushing on through to that supreme effort. Some games, it was injuries. Others, a lack of intensity. In one game, it was something completely out of their control — the weather. This may be the week. And it couldn't come at a better time, since Canyon is playing Fredericksburg for a spot in the playoffs Quarterback Danny Hernandez, who can give the Cougars a major threat throwing the ball, is back and working out well. Halfback Danny Rodriguez, who is a shifty runner and always a threat to throw the ball, is mobile again. And the people who have filled in for injured players are playing well, too Quarterback Kody Smith made Lockhart change its entire defense with his sweeps Wade Jankowski has run well. Brad Campbell may have found his stride last week before knocking himself out. The Cougars have a chance to have “that game” on offense, combining their overpowering running game with Hernandez’ passing But do they have the juice on defense Look at last week’s game. They stopped Robert Thompson time after time, and they harassed quarterback Bubba Kanemeier when he went back to throw Pressure on the quarterback is the key. If the Cougars can pressure the Fredericksburg quarterbacks and sack them on occasion, the defense can have its best night of the season. And for Burch, it won’t come any too soon By the way, all the Cougars need Friday night is a tie, since they have a one-game lead on the Billies right now. But don’t look for Canyon to play for a tie. At New Braunfels, the Unicorns and the Hays Rebels will play out the opposite ends of the symphony New Braunfels is getting ready for the playoffs again, while Hays has been out of the race since close losses to Fredericksburg and Lockhart early in district play. Hays isn’t the kind of team to roll over and play dead for anybody, but the Rebels will have a hard time competing with the Unicorns head-to-head. Unicorn quarterback Victor Sierra will be back, but it’s not imperative that he play the entire game Alan Matney has come through during Sierra’s absence, showing that he can lead the team too. Interest, talent booming for Lady Longhorns AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Lady Longhorns are the preseason No. I pick in women’s college basketball and season tickets sales have shattered previous records, but Coach Jody Con-radt says she hasn't settled on a starting five The dilemma is a result of abundant talent, she said. “That’s it. And I like to give them a month if I can at just seeing what they can do individually. . There is so much talent you want every player to feel like they've had a chance to see what they can do,” she said Tuesday at a media day luncheon. Lured*by a senior-laden team loaded with talent, Lady Longhorn fans have already pur chased 2.100 season tickets The previous high was 560 Texas, with returning All Americans Ramie Ethridge and Andrea Lloyd and five starters back from last season, finished first in the preseason women’s basketball poll conducted by Mel Greenberg of the Philadelphia Inquirer for The Associated Press “I think this will be a good year I think it is going to be difficult again for us to deal with be mg No I The last thing we need is to give any of our opponents another cause when they play Texas, and that’s basically what happened.” Conrad! said Texas was ranked No I at the close of the regular season last season but fell to Western Kentucky in the Midwest regional finals. 92-90 “I will never get over the Western Kentucky loss because it was a very difficult one," Con radt said Asked if she did not like being rated No I, she said. “You like to be recognized, you like for your players to have that kind of vote of confidence because it gives them that feeling, but on the other hand. . our fans are already starting to say, How many times have we gotten there and we haven’t been able to do it*>’ • Think about that How many times have we had a realistic chance at winning the national championship’' In my mind, once — last year And yes we failed ” Among the seniors is Annette Smith, an All-American two years ago who has been rehabilitating an injured knee for 19 months Conradt said Smith is “doing very well She will play I can’t tell that she s lost very much Half-court she still looks quick Full-court she is running stiff-legged.” “These are our weaknesses: rebounding, as always, and inside defense. ” Conradt said She added, however, “I don’t think anybody is any better than we are fuil-court. No team that plays run with us is going to beat us I think we need to be better half-court.” ;

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