Sept. 15, 1997
Texas Tech Looks to Bounce Back
South Carolina handed Texas Tech its first loss of the season Saturday in the championship of the 19th annual Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic. The Red Raiders, now 9-1 overall, turn their attention to next weekend (Sept. 19-20) when they will visit Colorado Springs, Colo. and compete in the U.S. Air Force Academy Volleyball Tournament. Teams competing include Denver, Air Force, Hofstra and William & Mary.
Weekend Recap: South Carolina wins Red Raider Classic with win over Texas Tech; Gamecocks hand Red Raiders first loss of season as Tech's Brande Brown named MVP while two other Raiders receive all-tourney honors
South Carolina volleyball coach and Texas Tech graduate Kim Hudson '82 made her return to Lubbock in style: by leading her Gamecocks to the 19th annual Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic championship with an 8-15, 15-6, 16-14, 15-13 victory against Texas Tech in the championship match.
Tech senior middle blocker Brande Brown was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, her second MVP honors of the season, while two other Red Raiders, junior setter Lisa Hilgers and sophomore outside hitter Courtney Putnam both earned all-tournament honors.
South Carolina (6-1) handed Texas Tech (9-1) its first loss of the season. After the first game, South Carolina looked like it would be in for a long evening as the Red Raiders won easily, 15-8. But South Carolina clamped down and came back to win games two and three at 15-6 and 16-14 respectively. The Gamecocks won took the match with a 15-13 victory in game four.
Tech outhit South Carolina .262 to .232 but couldn't get the job done. Junior Kristen Holmes led Tech with 16 kills while freshman Janelle Jones and junior Angela Cooper totaled 14 kills apiece. Hilgers led Tech with 55 assists and 26 digs. Crystal Moore and Heather Larkin totaled 20 kills apiece for South Carolina.
Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic
Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic
Tech defeats Southwestern Louisiana and Louisiana Tech on Friday: Senior middle blocker Brande Brown led Tech in its 15-3, 15-10, 15-3 victory against Lousiana Tech with a sterling 15 kill performance. The senior set a personal career record with a .737 hitting percentage (15-1-19), contributed five blocks (one solo) and six digs. Brown was followed by junior outside hitter Angela Cooper's 14 kills in 22 attempts (.591 attack percentage) and sophomore outside hitter Courtney Putnam's 12 kills. Junior setter Lisa Hilgers also dished out 39 assists and led the team with nine digs. Tech finished the nightcap with 56 kills and a .422 attack percentage and limited Louisiana Tech to only 32 kills and a .155 hitting percentage.
Nelson was impressed with the play of his Raiders in the team's second victory in the nightcap against Louisiana Tech because he felt Tech did not perform as well in a 15-3, 15-6, 16-14 win against Southwestern Louisiana in the afternoon match.
"The Louisiana Tech match was much better than our first," Nelson said. "We played really aggressive. We didn't want the pace of the game to slow down like we did earlier this afternoon. It was a much better effort. Brande (Brown) was back on track and was really fantastic tonight and Angela Cooper and Courtney Putnam hit some nice balls and did some good things and Janelle Jones really played well. It was a good team effort. At times, I was really excited about how well they did play because they really looked good."
The match also marked the return of senior outside hitter Cristine Martin. Martin was cleared to play by the NCAA on Tuesday after awaiting eight months on a decision to grant her a fifth year of eligibility. Martin played in only seven matches and 16 games as a freshman after undergoing two arthroscopic surgeries. Friday, Martin totaled two kills in four attempts against Southwestern Louisiana and finished with three kills in seven attempts against Louisiana Tech.
Starting Lineups: Following is the starting lineup totals for the Red Raiders: Courtney Putnam 10, Heather Hughes 10, Lisa Hilgers 10, Kristen Holmes 10, Brande Brown 9, Angela Cooper 10, Sonia Moric 1.
Courtney Putnam 1997: selected by coaches to Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic all-tournament team after registering 29 kills in 10 games ... 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.
Heather Hughes 1997: started first 10 matches of her career in first three tournaments ... first freshman to start first 10 matches since Lisa Hilgers started as a freshman in 1995 ... totaled 20 digs in her first career invitational, the Sheraton Shootout.
Lisa Hilgers 1997: earned seventh career all-tournament team honor at Four Points-Sheraton/RRC ... moved into second place on all-time TTU career assists leaders list with 40 assists vs. SW Louisiana ... led RRC in assists (134) and digs (43) and ranked second in hitting percentage (.444) ... 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.
Kristen Holmes 1997: started all 10 matches ... finished with a .431 tournament hitting percentage (27-5-51) at Four Points-Sheraton/RRC ... totaled 16 kills in a career high 34 attacks vs. South Carolina ... had career-best hitting percentage (.818) vs. SW Louisiana (9-0-11) ... 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.
Brande Brown 1997: earned MVP honors at Four Points-Sheraton/RRC after finishing the tournament with 34 kills in 75 attempts, 22 digs and 10 blocks in 10 games ... set career high hitting percentage (.737) with 15 kills and one error in 19 attempts vs. Louisiana Tech ... 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.
Cristine Martin 1997: made season debut in Four Points-Sheraton/RRC vs. Southwestern Louisiana on Sept. 12 after awaiting an NCAA decision to grant her a fifth year of eligibility.
Janelle Jones 1997: led Four Points-Sheraton/RRC in hitting percentage at .465 (22-2-43) ... totaled career highs in kills (14), total attacks (28) and hitting percentage (.464) vs. South Carolina ... registered seven kills in 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.
Sonia Moric 1997: started first match 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.
Angela Cooper 1997: finished with a .591 hitting percentage vs. Louisiana Tech (14-1-22) ... 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 Team Match Highs
Kills: Most: 81 at South Florida 9/5; Least: 35 vs. Texas-San Antonio 8/29; Opponent most: 80 at South Florida 9/5; Opponent least: 17 vs. Georgia Southern 9/6
Attack errors: Most: 37 at South Florida 9/5; Least: 8 two times vs. Georgia Southern, Texas-San Antonio; Opponent most: 38 at South Florida 9/5; Opponent least: 13 two times vs. Georgia Southern and SW Louisiana
Total Attacks: Most: 233 at South Florida 9/5; Least: 63 vs. Georgia Southern 9/6; Opponent most: 243 at South Florida 9/5; Opponent least: 66 vs. Georgia Southern 9/6
Hitting Percentage: Best: .492 (39-8-63) vs. Georgia Southern 9/6; Worst: .189 (81-37-233) at South Florida 9/5; Opponent best: .232 (73-29-190) vs. South Carolina 9/13; Opponent worst: -.022 (24-26-89) vs. Texas-San Antonio 8/29
Assists: Most: 74 at South Florida 9/5; Least: 33 vs. Texas-San Antonio 8/29; Opponent most: 74 at South Florida 9/5; Opponent least: 14 vs. Georgia Southern 9/6
Digs: Most: 102 at South Florida 9/6; Least: 24 vs. Texas-San Antonio 8/29; Opponent most: 94 at South Florida, vs. South Carolina; Opponent least: 13 vs. Georgia Southern 9/6
Solo Blocks: Most: 6 vs. SMU 8/30; Least: 0 vs. Georgia Southern 9/6; Opponent most: 3 vs. Ohio 8/30; Opponent least: 0 seven times
Assist Blocks: Most: 22 at South Florida 9/5; Least: 4 three times; Opponent most: 16 at South Florida 9/5; Opponent least: 2 vs. Portland 8/29
Total Blocks: Most: 13 vs. Portland 8/30; Least: 2 vs. Georgia Southern 9/6; Opponent most: 9 at South Florida 9/5; Opponent least: 1.5 vs. Louisiana Tech 9/12