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Cats win t o tourneys,
and bu season 34-18
Coach Kathy Moore, who has been
sociated with the women's volleyball
im seven of its 10 years, says she thinks
is year's team was the strongest she's
Efhe Wildcats finished the year with one
the best records the school has seen, 34-
. Individual and team records were
oken during a season that included only
ren home matches.
The Wildcats began their schedule by
rnning the Lady Chap Tournament at
lbbock Christian College, ACU's first
Ei-in that tourney.
he next weekend the team played four
ttches in San Antonio, winning two and
ing two. They followed that with a Sept.
win against Sul Ross University in
lp-ine that featured perfect serving.
he Cats traveled to Belton Sept. I7 and
t Mary Hardin-Baylor and Tarleton
te College. The next day they won
ee and lost two in a tournament at Rice
ins against Lubbock Christian and
Est Texas State put the team back on the
ning track the next week. The Wildcats
tyed their first home games Sept. 24 and
winning three to bring their record to
K4. But their five-game winning streak
s cut short the next Tuesday with losses
Texas Wesleyan College and East Texas
lposite page: top - Susan Ogle l32j and
Johnson block a spike during the
U tournamentg bottom far left - Kim
lnaker prepares to serveg bottom mid-
- Pennie Dacus l2Ij slams a spike
r the net,' bottom right - Karen DeAr-
nd sets the ballfor a teammate.
Weak defensive play characterized the
Cats' three wins and two losses in the San
Angelo tournament Oct. 2 and 3. The
team followed the tournament with a loss
to Texas Tech.
But the Wildcats won their home
tourney Oct. 10-ll with wins in matches
against Howard Payne University, Mary
Hardin-Baylor, Lubbock Christian,
Tarleton State and West Texas State. The
tournament was the first ACU has
Two more wins Oct. 13 brought the
Cats' consecutive wins to seven, but a
disappointing loss to Angelo State Univer-
sity Oct. 19 ended the team's longest winn-
The team won three and lost two in
Texas Wesleyan's tournament in Fort
Worth in late October. In their last home
game the Wildcats beat Texas Wesleyan
but lost to Texas Tech.
The team closed out the season a week
before the Nov. 5-7 state tournament with
a loss to Angelo State in San Angelo.
The first night of the ll-team state tour-
nament in Huntsville the Wildcats lost to
Rice and Angelo State.
In the next day's play the team lost to
Sam Houston State but defeated Hardin-
Simmons University. The Wildcats'
outstanding player in the tournament was
Doris Leverett, a transfer from HSU.
Team captains for the year were seniors
Pennie Dacus, Susan Scott and Jan
Johnson. As the season began Moore said
she expected them to be the team's
nucleus. They fulfilled those expectations.
Although the seniors were strong, the
Wildcats' talent was well-distributed
among all 14 team members, and Moore
said she expects all but the seniors to
return. At the season's end Moore also said
she was pleased that team members who
did not get to play much stayed with the
Dacus emerged as the individual leader
and won the Most Valuable Player title
with a record of setting with 98 percent ac-
curacy. She also missed only four out of
627 serves for the year and set records in
every area but blocking.
Also strong were sophomore Karen
DeArmond, who set with 96 percent ac-
curacy, and Abilene High graduate Susan
Ogle, a strong spiker.
Not only were team statistic totals more
than in past years, Moore said, but percen-
tages also were higher. The increase in
percentages was significant because the
team played twice as many games as it did
Moore added a new offense, the shoot-
set, which uses a well-timed low set that
looks as if it will go out of bounds, but is
spiked just before it does. The play was ef-
fective because of its quickness and power.
Co-captain Scott said the only teams they
played who knew a defense for the play
were Texas Tech and Angelo State.
Moore, in her second year of coaching
the team, said the season had convinced
her not to schedule as many games,
especially road games, in coming seasons.
"The traveling took its toll on us. We
played much tougher teams and were out
of town too much. Not only were we out of
town more, but we took very long trips at
the same time," she said.