Sept. 9, 1997
Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic- Sept. 12-13
Coaches Top 25 Poll
Poll No. 2 - Sept. 9, 1997
Rnk School Points Record Prev.
1. Penn State (59) 1499 3-0 2
2. Florida 1430 6-0 2
3. Long Beach State (1) 1353 6-0 4
4. Stanford 1332 4-2 3
5. Nebraska 1262 5-1 5
6. Washington State 1180 7-0 6
7. UC-Santa Barbara 1088 5-0 9
8. Pacific 1085 5-1 7
9. Southern California 1017 5-0 10
10. BYU 888 4-3 13
11. Michigan State 839 5-1 11
12. Texas 837 3-1 8
13. Hawai'i 774 5-1 12
14. Wisconsin 750 4-0 14
15. Loyola Marymount 646 5-1 15
16. Texas A&M 569 3-2 16
17. Ohio State 505 5-1 17
18. Arizona 493 4-0 19
19. UCLA 463 3-0 21
20. Washington 355 4-2 18
21. Notre Dame 314 4-2 20
22. Colorado 225 2-1 22
23. Maryland 211 5-0 23
24. Arkansas 127 4-2 25
25. Colorado State 113 4-1 24
Others receiving more than 24 points: Minnesota (67), Texas Tech (24).
The USA Today/AVCA volleyball coaches poll is voted upon by coaches around the nation. To receive a listing of the coaches voting, look at www.avca.org for more information.
With seven straight victories, along with its sixth consecutive tournament title under its belt to open the new season, the No. 27 Texas Tech volleyball team will now focus its attention on the 18th annual Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic this weekend at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
The tournament will feature three games against Louisiana Tech, Southwestern Louisiana and South Carolina. Tech will first face Southwestern Louisiana Friday at 2:00 p.m. ET, then will play Louisiana Tech in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. ET. On Saturday, Tech will play South Carolina at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Tech is 2-0 all-time in matches against Louisiana Tech even though head coach Jeff Nelson has never faced the Lady Techsters. Nelson and Texas Tech have never played Southwestern Louisiana or Louisiana Tech.
Southwestern Louisiana (3-4)
The Ragin' Cajuns enter the weekend on a two-match winning streak with victories at the LadyKat Invitational against Alabama-Birmingham and Lamar. A member of the Sun Belt Conference and coached by Laura Leaton (second year), Southwestern Louisiana (3-4) is led by a host of individuals including senior Jen Swalley along with juniors Heather Wehmeyer, Jean Herron and Gina Calegari. Wehmeyer leads the team in kills (94) and kills per game (3.48) over the team's first seven matches, Herron owns the team's best hitting percentage (.303), while Calegari is the Ragin' Cajuns' blocks (27) and digs leader (127). Sophomore setter Lisa Bordes (296 assists) averages 10.96 assists per game. Last season, Southwestern Louisiana finished 16-19 and returned four letterwinners from that team.
Louisiana Tech (2-3)
Louisiana Tech enters weekend competition following a 3-2 Monday victory against Alabama. Coached by third year head coach Chris Rutiger, the Lady Techsters are young with four starters either at the freshman or sophomore level. Eight of the 10 players are either freshmen or sophomores. Tech is led by senior outside hitter Courtney Ziegenbein-Goodman (63 kills in 146 attacks, .247 pct.), freshman outside hitter Allison Walker (33 kills, .278 pct.), sophomore setter Kelly Jefferson (146 assists) and junior outside hitter Lindsey Sheppard (35 kills, 41 digs). Four of Louisiana Tech's starters and nine of its players are native Texans. Tech was picked by coaches to finish fourth in the 12-team Sun Belt Conference.
South Carolina (3-1)
South Carolina is coached by 1982 Texas Tech graduate and Amarillo, Texas native Kim Hudson. Hudson and the Gamecocks are coming off two 3-0 victories against Western Michigan and North Carolina State along with a championship in their own tournament, the Gamecock Invitational. South Carolina (3-1), which was ranked 37th in the USA Today/AVCA preseason coaches' poll, is led by senior middle blocker Shani Abshier, senior middle blocker Lori Drost, junior setter Ashley Edlund, senior middle blocker Heather Larkin, sophomore outside hitter Fernanda Laires and junior outside hitter Cindy Robarge. Last season, the Gamecocks earned an NCAA tournament bid and finished 22-8 overall and third (12-3) in the Southeastern Conference.
Texas Tech volleyball wins South Florida Tournament as Brande Brown, Lisa Hilgers and Angela Cooper earn all-tournament honors
The No. 31 ranked Texas Tech (7-0) volleyball team completed the season's second weekend with three more victories and a second tournament title at the South Florida Tournament Sept. 5-6 in Tampa, Fla. Three Red Raiders also were selected on the all-tournament team including unanimous selection senior middle blocker Brande Brown, junior setter Lisa Hilgers and junior outside hitter Angela Cooper.
The key match of the tournament was Tech's matchup with No. 26 ranked South Florida. Coach Jeff Nelson called it the first test of the season for his Red Raiders. Despite an all-time best match kill performance from South Florida's Paula Araujo (31 kills), the Red Raiders pulled out a thrilling 14-16, 15-9, 15-13, 12-15, 16-14 victory.
Game five was a thriller as the Raiders jumped out to a 12-8 lead. But South Florida stormed back to tie the match at 14-14. But Cooper scored on consecutive kills to put the match away.
Tech used key performances from Cooper and Brown who combined for 48 kills, 36 digs and 10 blocks to lead the Raiders to victory. Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Putnam also notched 18 kills as setter Lisa Hilgers contributed 67 assists in the five-game match.
Tech also put together two three-game victories against Tennessee-Chattanooga (15-9, 15-7, 15-6) and Georgia Southern (15-1, 15-2, 15-4). The Raiders also set an all-time Texas Tech match high with a .492 hitting percentage (39-8-63) against Georgia Southern.
Following is the starting lineup totals for the Red Raiders: Courtney Putnam 7, Heather Hughes 7, Lisa Hilgers 7, Kristen Holmes 7, Brande Brown 6, Angela Cooper 7, Sonia Moric 1.
1997: Registered career high in attack attempts (44) and tied career-high in kills (18) vs. South Florida ... Selected by coaches to Sheraton Shootout all-tournament team after totaling 42 kills, 13 blocks and a .305 attack percentage over four matches ... registered career-highs in kills (18), total attacks (37) and hitting percentage (18-2-37-.432) vs. Portland.
1997: Started first seven matches of her career in Sheraton Shootout and South Florida Tournament ... totaled 20 digs in her first career invitational, the Sheraton Shootout.
1997: Earned her sixth all-tournament individual honors at South Florida Tournament ... registered 67 assists and 21 digs vs. South Florida ... Named to Sheraton Shootout all-tournament team after finishing with 151 assists and 15 kills on four weekend matches ... was her fifth all-tournament honor in her career ... finished with 11.62 asssists per game average in tournament ... surpassed 3,000-career assist mark in first game of season vs. Texas-San Antonio.
1997: Started all seven matches ... totaled career-high 20 digs vs. South Florida ... started all four games of Sheraton Shootout tournament and registered 10 digs vs. Portland ... hit .400 (6-2-10) against Texas-San Antonio.
1997: Earned unanimous all-tournament honors at South Florida Tournament (her sixth all-tournament selection of her career) with 34 kills and six errors in 73 total attempts to go along with 20 total digs and nine total blocks (one solo) ... set career records for total attacks (60) and digs (18) vs. South Florida ... finished with seven kills in eight attempts (.875) vs. UT-Chattanooga ... Selected Most Valuable Player of the Sheraton Shootout after totaling 41 kills in 84 attempts over the four games ... hit .462 (7-1-13) vs. Texas-San Antonio and .481 (15-2-27) vs. SMU ... led tournament in blocks per game (1.46) ... registered 15 kills vs. SMU.
1997: Registered seven kills in a career-high 25 attempts and four blocks vs. South Florida ... Finished her first collegiate tournament with 20 kills in 40 attempts (.325 percentage) in reserve roll at Sheraton Shootout.
1997: Earned second all-tournament honors of her career at South Florida Tournament ... registered career highs in kills (25), attack attempts (58) and digs (18) vs. South Florida ... Named to Sheraton Shootout all-tournament team, her first all-tournament honor of her collegiate career ... finished with a total of 31 kills in 76 attempts in those four matches ... totaled career-high 26 attack attempts vs. Portland and career-high 14 digs vs. Ohio.
1997: Started first game of her career vs. UT-Chattanooga and had eight kills in a career-high 15 attempts ... Finished with career highs in kills (nine) and attack percentage (.571) vs. Georgia Southern.