New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, Sept. 21,1993
■ Page 5Sports PayCougarettes dealing with adversity
By RICHARD TIJERINA
Sports Editor _
Bessie Ruth Durbin Lassiter gave her daughter Donna a special gift 44 years ago. Now, in a time of personal crisis, the Canyon volleyball coach has found it again.
Donna Boehle leads her Canyon volleyball team, undefeated in district play, at home tonight against Kerrville Tivy, a team she admits she knows very little about.
But the real match will be going on off the court, as Boehle and her Cougarettes fight emotions in dealing with the death of Boehle's mother, who died Sunday.
Monday in practice, Boehle warned her Cougarettes about letting emotions get the best of them tonight, when they begin play at 7 p.m.
She read the team a part of her baby book, given to her by her mother when she was just three years old. On the back of it, Mrs. Lassiter pasted a page entitled 12 Things to Make You Suc-cessjul and Happy, an itemized list of wisdom she wanted to pass on to her daughter.
Among them was, "lf you've got a job to do, do the job well."
"That's what I told them at the
beginning of practice," Boehle said. "I told them I'm going to need their help. We're going to need to do this together."
The Cougarettes put their perfect district mark on the line against Tivy. If ever they had a job to do, it is now.
"I've seen (Tivy's) scores in the paper, but I really dont know anything about them," Boehle said.
Canyon will once again be led by Kirsten Oelkers and Sara Tyler, but other Cougarettes stepped up in Friday's win over Smithson Valley. Courtney Daffin had five kills and Kristi Welch had three aces and four kills.
Tyler led the Cougarettes with 13 assists.
"Courtney played an exceptional game," Boehle said. "She had some great hits an d played super defense."
Boehle praised the serving of Lesa Porter. Dawn Pantermuehl, who had one ace, served nine points in one game.
"Dawn had some excellent serves," Boehle said. "We had good all around play (against Smithson Valley). We played alert defense. Smithson Valley served extremely well and I thought we adjusted and passed very nicely."
Lesa Porter also had one kill and one block. Kim Brunette had one kill.
Herald-Zwtung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Canyon coach Donna Boehle gives late-match Instructions to her team In last week's win over New Braunfels. The Cougarettes host Kerrville Tivy tonight at 7, and will have to deal with the loss of Boehle's mother, who passed away Sunday
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New Braunfels setter Rochelle Colvin felt a bit of pain in her right ankle prior to last week's match with Canyon. So she took some Advil.
The next day, she could hardly walk.
The diagnosis is still out for what exactly is ailing Colvin, the Unicorns' leader in assists this season, Doctors say it could be either a muscle pull or an inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Either way, it probably will keep her out of today's match with Smithson Valley, at Unicom Gym at 7 p.m.
New Braunfels coach Claudia Perry said Kelly Vann and Dennise Conran would replace Colvin in the Unicom rotation.
"We do have some injuries we'll have to deal with," Perry said. "Smithson Valley has a real balanced team, and we certainly won t take them lightly in any way. They've been making some improvements over the past week."
The Rangereties kx>ked good in Friday's loss to Canyon. Ally son Kl ic bel had four kills and four blocks against the Cougarettes.
The Achilles' Heel for Smithson Valley Friday was with serving, both receiving and behind the service line. The Rangerettes served at 86 percent for the match.
"Most of those misses came when we were scoring points," Smithson Valley coach Louise Davidson said "We'd be on a roll, and then a missed serve would kill us."
Smithson Valley started well against the Cougarettes, but lost ground midway through the first game, then seemed to lose concentration on serve in the second.
Unfortunately for Smithson Valley, New Braunfels' strength is at the service line.
The Unicorns missed only two against Alamo Heights Friday, and Traci Tuch has yet to miss a serve in 160 attempts this season.
Against Alamo Heights, New Braunfels was led by Sara Bolle (four aces), Erin Baetge (six kills), Kristi Lindemann (two blocks) and Vann (seven assists. They served at 95 percent in the 15-5,15-4 win.
New Braunfels will have to deal with the Rangerettes' team speed, which will be significantly faster than the Unicorns saw in Alamo Heights.
"We'll have to play a lot more uptempo game," Perry said. "Smithson Valley is fairly quick and real mobile. It won't be like our match against Alamo Heights."
The Rangerettes will be looking to get back into the thick of the 28-4A race.
Both New Braunfels and Smithson Valley are 2-1 in district competion.