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Sept. 10, 1997

Tech Volleyball Player Cristine Martin Granted Fifth Year of Eligibility by NCAA

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Cristine Martin

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech volleyball senior Cristine Martin was granted a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Tuesday. Martin, who underwent two arthroscopic surgeries during her freshman year, played in seven matches and 16 games as a freshman. She was denied by the NCAA in her first attempt at a fifth year of eligibility, but an appeal was resubmitted and approved on Tuesday.

"The committee reconsidered Ms. Martin's situation and based upon the information submitted, made a fair decision," said Texas Tech associate athletic director for compliance Bob Burton.

Martin, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter, joins the No. 27 ranked Red Raiders in the middle of a seven-match winning streak. She will play this weekend when Texas Tech (7-0) hosts its 19th annual Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Volleyball Classic Friday and Saturday against three schools: Southwestern Louisiana, Louisiana Tech and South Carolina.

"The addition of Cristine solidifies our team," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson said. "She brings leadership and talent to the outside hitter position. There's a lot of desire there and I think this will be her best year yet, just with the simple fact that she's worked so hard to compete this year."

Martin, a three-year starter, holds Red Raider records for season service aces (50) and career services aces (150) and is also ranked in several other categories in the Tech volleyball recordbooks. Martin, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., was named to the Big Conference All-Academic Second Team last year.

Admission is $5.00 for adults per session and $3.00 for students with Tech identification.

Four-Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic Tournament Schedule

Friday, September 12, 1997
South Carolina vs. Louisiana Tech, 12:00 noon
TEXAS TECH vs. Southwestern Louisiana, 2:00 p.m.
South Carolina vs. Southwestern Louisiana, 5:30 p.m.
*TEXAS TECH vs. Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m. (*first 300 fans through the doors receive a free tee-shirt)

Saturday, September 13, 1997
Southwestern Louisiana vs. Louisiana Tech, 12:00 noon
TEXAS TECH vs. South Carolina, 2:00 p.m.

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