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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1995 - The Playing Fields. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 16, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5767/show/5552.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1995 - The Playing Fields. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5767/show/5552

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Transcript Lady coogs tear it up, bring pride back to UH sports In 1990 the University of Houston football team finished the season 10-1 and had a No. 10 ranking to end the season. This marked the end of the Run-and-Shoot era at Houston and also marked the decline of support for UH athletics, for in Texas football is king. That is probably why most UH students don't know that the Cougar volleyball team is the most successful UH athletic program in the '90s. The 1994 season was no exception. In fact, it was the best season ever for the Cougars. Led by senior All-American hitter Lilly Denoon-Chester, the Cougars broke records, both team and individual, left and right as they won the Southwest Conference regular season title and the SWC Tournament to secure a bid in the NCAA Volleyball Championships. From there they advanced to the Elite Eight before finally bringing the history-making season to an end with a 3-0 loss to UCLA in Florida. In this season of triumphs, the Cougars got several monkeys off their backs. Texas, which had never lost two matches to a SWC opponent or the SWC, was swept by Houston by scores of 3-0 in Austin and 3-1 in Hofheinz Pavilion. This led the way for Houston to lay claim to the regular season title, the first team other than Texas to ever do so, with a conference record of 9-1. There was talk of a rematch in the SWC Tournament, held at Rice's Autry Court, but Texas A&M saw to that as the Aggies defeated the Longhorns in the semifinal round, ensuring that Texas would not win the SWC Tourney for the first time in SWC history. The matchup against the Aggies was actually preferred by the Houston spikers because the only league loss for the Cougars came when they travelled to College Station and dropped the match 1-3. Not only did this loss end the chances for a sweep through the SWC, it also saw the Cougars' win streak come to a close after 17 games. But the team went on to a 26-7 record and advanced further in the NCAAs than ever before. Houston was even awarded a first round bye and hosted the second round in a rematch of a 1993 match against Clemson. Only this time the Cougars came out on top with a 3-0 victory on Dec. 3. Five days later the Cougars flew to Florida, sight of the South regional finals, and defeated the Gators on their home court 3-1. The next night however saw the great season come to an end as the Cougars were defeated 0-3 by the Bruins, who won the South and went on to the championship game, the Final Four was held in Austin at Texas, only to lose to Stanford. The Cougars started, the season with a preview of the things that were to come as they upset No. 4 Ohio State 3-2 in the first match of the season. This sweet victory came in the Buckeye Classic, the home tourney of the Buckeyes. The Cougars played sporadic over the next week and were 3-3 after the first six matches. That was when the win- streak came to fruition. For 17 matches and more than one month later, the streak went from Sept. 17 to Nov. 6, the Cougars would not feel the sting of defeat. During that stretch the Cougars beat ranked Texas (twice) and Georgia. The combined score of those three matches was 9-1. Denoon-Chester was the key to the Cougars' success. She set the all-time UH record for career kills and finished the season with numerous honors including: SWC Player of the Year, SWC All-Tournament Player and second team All-American honors. She finished her illustrious season with 551 kills, a .341 hitting percentage, 282 digs and 13 solo blocks. The kills, hitting percentage and blocks led the team while the digs was second on the squad. She was even third in assists with 31. Of course, no successful team is dependent on only one person. Denoon-Chester was supported by one other senior, hitter Carla Maul, and a trio of second year students. The sophomore sensations were hitters Emily Leffers, Mari-Claude Tourillon and setter Sami Saw yer. Maul led the Cougars in digs with 363. Her best game of the season came when it counted the most, the SWC Championship game against Texas A&M. Tourillon, a transfer from Canada, was second on the team in kills (329), block solos (25) and hitting percentage (.300). Leffers, a 6-2 force from Florida, was second in kills (310) third in digs (248) and second in assists (87). Assists of course is what Sawyer plans her day around. She racked up 1,531 of the Cougars' 1,695. Opponents only had 1,531 all season against Houston. She also emerged as a leader for several seasons to come. The team only graduated three players, Denoon-Chester, Maul and defensive specialist Heidi Sticksel. Of course a loss tne size of Denoon-Chester will be hard to replace. But head coach Bill Walton said all season long that tne media, opponents and crowd, who are amazed by the dominant kills Denoon-Chester makes coming off the slide, tend to overlooK the defensive dominance of the team that one Daily Cougar writer coined "The Great Wall of Houston." Next season the Cougars will try to do what they nave been doing every year before: try to better themselves. And it tn first half of the '90s are any indicator of what is to come, tne Cougar volleyball team will be the best sports program on the Ufl campus. Daniel Scholl Houstonian 1995 94