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July 21, 1997

Position-by-Position Analysis

Outside Hitters

Player Ht. Cl. Exp.
Courtney Putnam 6-1 SO 1L
Notes: Improved dramatically over spring and summer ... told Nelson he could have her scholarship back after arriving in camp last year and seeing how good the other players were ... after a year of hard work and outstanding trip to Italy, is one of the most dynamic and athletically talented players on the team.

Cristine Martin 5-11 SR OH
Notes: Extremely experienced outside hitter who enters camp as the starter ... battled back from knee injury and arthroscopic surgery during freshman season ... now is a team leader and holds all-time records for career aces and season aces with a season to go.

Angela Cooper 6-1JR 1L
Notes: Started all matches during the spring and was outstanding at Arizona State Tournament ... played key role in victory over top-ranked Nebraska last year ... strong player with big hit ... will also see action as right side hitter.

Pam Osterfeld 5-11 FR RS
Notes: Redshirt freshman who is a strong player and can hit the ball hard ... made great strides in her back row game over last year and the spring.

Heather Fife-Berres 5-8 SO 1L
Notes: One-year letterwinner who saw action off the bench last year ... will provide valuable athleticism and outstanding jumping skills.

Heather Hughes 5-10 FR HS
Notes: Freshman newcomer who could challenge for playing time ... Arizona 5A Player of the Year and selected All-America ... led Xavier Prep to state championship as senior.

Jodi Jones 5-5 FR HS
Notes: Dynamic player who went out, played in the spring and made herself a better player ... may redshirt ... two-time All-State player.

Elizabeth Hamilton 6-0 SO TR
Notes: Transfer from South Carolina Aiken where she started and was named an all-conference tournament player ... will walk-on at Tech and may redshirt.

Middle Blockers

Player Ht. Cl. Exp.
Brande Brown 5-10 SR 3L
Notes: Experienced middle blocker who decided to return for her final year of eligibility after graduating last year ... improved her hitting percentage each year at Tech ... two-sport athlete at Tech who competed for the track and field team.

Janelle Jones 6-3 FR RS
Notes: Dynamic player who will add incredible athleticism to the middle blocker position ... named Most Improved Player last year ... potential is unlimited.

Sonia Moric 6-0 JR 2L
Notes: Has worked hard to get better after seeing action off the bench last year ... another player who had an outstanding spring ... vertical increased four inches.

Emily Brengman 5-11 FR HS
Notes: Experienced player who may also see action on the right side ... though small for a middle blocker, has the speed and size to play the position ... helped team to two state championships.

Ashley Frogge' 6-0 FR HS
Notes: Improved dramatically over the summer and could see some court time this year ... Gatorade Circle of Champions volleyball Player of the Year in Oklahoma.

Kate Jury 6-0 FR HS
Notes: Grew and inch-and-half over the summer and gained a size in her shoe ... Nelson compares her to Putnam and Janelle Jones in that she may need a redshirt year.

Setters

Player Ht. Cl. Exp.
Lisa Hilgers 5-6 JR 2L
Notes: Will challenge for post-season honors ... two-year starter and captain ... small player who is a winner and plays with heart and desire ... player who gives others confidence ... Tech recordholder for career assists, game assists and season assists ... led Tech to two tournament appearances in her first two seasons.

Ebony Smith 5-8 FR HS
Notes: Outstanding communicator on the court and good ball control player ... led Duncanville H.S. to state championship and 35-5 record as junior.

Right Side Hitters

Player Ht. Cl. Exp.
Kristen Holmes 5-9 JR 2L
Notes: Team captain and former walk-on who received full-scholarship this season ... walked-on with volleyball team while stopping at the volleyball office first- before walking down the hall to walk-on the basketball team ... Big XII Conference Academic selection.

Natalie Rives 6-0 JR TR
Notes: Transfer from Sanford where she was selected all-conference and led conference in aces ... will be in top-eight rotation ... sister graduated from Tech last year.

Back Row-Defensive Specialists

Player Ht. Cl. Exp.
Kim Breitbach 5-5 JR 2L
Notes: Valuable defensive specialist who improved her passing skills over the last year ... started in Italy and will vie for more playing time this year.

Heather Hughes 5-10 FR HS
Notes: Will also see action at outside hitter.

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