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Durant disposes of Brandon quickly


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 19, 2000

DURANT -- With a 15-2, 15-5 victory over Brandon, Durant put the Western Conference American Division title in the record books Wednesday night. Friday, the Cougars will face off with the Federal and National Division champs for a winner-take-all round-robin championship match.

The location for the overall Western Conference tournament is yet to be announced.

Behind the accurate service of senior Mallory Minichbauer, the Cougars started strong, jumping out to an 11-1 lead over the Eagles in the first game. Minichbauer served nine straight points followed by five by Jenna Jordan. Katie Kilfoile then served once to close out the first game.

Like an ace pitcher, Minichbauer, the only senior on the team, received signals from coach Teri Ohme on the bench and accurately served the ball to Brandon weak spots. With Durant trailing 4-1 in the second game, she served 12 straight points and added four aces to further confuse the Eagles' defense.

"Mallory plays well on defense also, but she seems to specialize in serving," Ohme said. "We give her signals from the bench and she puts the ball where the other team seems weakest at the time. Tonight, she was so accurate, she kept Brandon off their offense."

Jordan led the Cougars at the net with nine kills. Kilfoile had six and Danielle Herndon added four more for Durant.

In the second game, Brandon seemed to find its offense and started out with a 4-0 lead. But junior defensive specialist Morgan Miltner broke the short drought for the Cougars with a single point.

After a service exchange, Minichbauer stepped up to the line and took charge.

Rosana Davis recorded two kills for the Eagles in Brandon's short run in game two.

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