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A&M outside hitter Melissa Munsch goes for a spike during the
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By Kyle Davoust
(The Texas A&M volleyball
lam got one step closer to the
lostseason with a win over
Bador in a hotly contested four-
testhatmr rematch Wednesday night.
ssociated i The g ame was the A gg ies ’
cancerandi nth-straight win over Baylor,
aid. King back to 1999. None of the
lligenUki went Aggies have ever lost a
ayistovap® atch to the Bears,
lea orjiiil! The win also marked A&M’s
said. Inth-consecutive 20-win sea-
larijiianacsftn.The Aggies have eclipsed 20
“interfeitsfllins in 10 of the 11 years since
inkaltiite l&M coach Laurie Corbelli
mv niari : .#rived in College Station.
“The program strives for that
lery year,” Corbelli said. “It’s
ignificant that we were able to
that mark before Big 12
'ay is over.”
The Aggie front line dominat-
as three players finished with
)iible-digit kills.
A&M senior outside hitter
arol Price had a standout per-
mance and tied her season
igh of 17 kills, committing only
ne error with a hitting percent-
;eof .571.
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with (junior setter Lexy Beers),”
Price said. “We had a great
scouting report, so I knew where
the defense was going to be.
They were very easy to read.”
Laura Jones and Melissa
Munsch also scored big as they
finished with 18 and 17 kills
Overall, the Aggies finished
with a hitting percentage of .396,
which was a season high and an
A&M all-time high in a four-
game match.
Setting Price and the rest of
the Aggies up most of the night
was Beers, who finished with 46
“The passing tonight was
really good,” Beers said. “It
made it easy for me to set up all
three hitters and all three hitters
were on tonight, so it made it
really easy.”
For the Bears, outside hitter
Stevie Nicholas led the way with
28 total points and 26 kills.
Nicholas, who sat out last year
due to a degenerative knee
injury, moved back into the front
line for the first time this season.
“Unpredictable, so fast, so
See Volleyball on page 3B
The Battalion Page IB • Thursday, November 20, 2003
Taking dead aim
Texas A&M senior David Tasker has enjoyed some success since leaving his native Australia for the
United States in 2000. Now, Tasker is A&M's team captain and one of three seniors on the team.
Tasker turning
heads a long
way from home
By Rob Phillips
Three years ago, Texas A&M senior
men’s golfer David Tasker ran out of chal
lenges on the links in his native Australia.
A winner of 11 amateur and eight jun
ior tournaments, Tasker wanted stiffer
competition in his budding golf career.
Unfortunately, college and high school
athletics don’t exist Down Under, just
club sports.
“I had a few friends that came over (to
the United States) and said it was just awe
some,” said Tasker, a senior accounting
major and captain of the A&M team. “They
said you basically get paid to go to school
and travel around playing golf.”
It sounded like a paid vacation to Tasker,
who through some self-promotion received
a full scholarship to the New Mexico
Military Institute in 2000.
Tasker epitomized the term “scholar
athlete” over the next two years in Roswell,
N.M., becoming a two-time All-
Conference and All-Region pick, a two-
time NMMI Scholar-Athlete of the Year
and NMMI’s Athlete of the Year in 2002.
He also became valedictorian of his gradu
ating class in 2002.
“He’s one of the best ball-strikers I’ve
ever seen,” said A&M coach J.T. Higgins.
“He has a very classic golf swing that
repeats over and over, he’s good off the tee
and he’s got a tremendous short game. As
far as physical skills, he’s probably as good
as anybody in the country.”
Tasker almost left for Georgia State to
play out his final two years of eligibility 1
until he got a phone call from Higgins, who
heard about Tasker from one of his former
Greg Robertson, now the associate
men’s golf coach at Purdue, had a sister
who knew Tasker at NMMI.
“She called him about David and he
called me,” Higgins said. “As soon as I saw
David play I knew I wanted him on our
Tasker made an immediate impact at
A&M last season, leading the team in
See Tasker on page SB
defense falling by the wayside
By Stephen Hawkins
IRVING, Texas — The
Dallas Cowboys aren’t taking
full advantage of having the
NFL’s top-ranked defense.
They’ve been shut out twice
their last four games. They’ve
gone six quarters without scor
ing a touchdown, the last com
ing in a 10-6 win.
“We’ve got to understand
we’re trying to do different
things. We’re searching for
answers,” quarterback Quincy
Carter said Wednesday. “The
bottom line is we’re 7-3 and
still in first place.”
Not for much longer if they
don’t start moving the ball and
scoring points again.
After averaging 25 points in
each of the first six games, they
Cowboys have scored just 31
points — total —the last four.
They gained less than 300
yards three times the last
month, and in a 400-yard per
formance against Washington
had to overcome four first-half
turnovers to win.
Things don’t get much easi
er for the Cowboys on Sunday
when they play Carolina (8-2),
which has the NFC’s best
record and what Dallas coach
Bill Parcells says is the best
defensive front four in football
— better, the coach says, than
Tampa Bay and New England.
See Cowboys on page 3B
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loans while serving.
Anti-Transgender Violence Did Not End
With Gwen Araujo or Brandon Teena.
Trans Murder Statistics from 1970 to 2003:
294 Total Deaths 220 Domestic, 74 International
Deadliest year:
2002, with 30 reported deaths, followed fay 2000 & 2001 with 19
Causes of Oath:
Shot: I OK. Stabbed: 65, Beaten: 48, “Murdered” (no cause specified): 43, Strangled: 2i.There
are 19 additional causes. 22 individuals died from multiple causes.
Deaths by state, and number of cities reporting in that state:
California, 38, from 18 cities; New York, 33,8 cities; Texas, 15,6 cites; (icorgia, 14,4cities;
Pennsylvania, 13,4 cities; Florida, 13,9 cities; Washittgon, D.C., 10, 1 city. There are 27 other
states on the full list.
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The Third Annual National Transgender Day of Remembrance is
November 20, 2003. Please join others on this day by either wearing a
black ribbon or black clothing and taking a moment of sihete honor
those who have fallen this year.
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