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Sept. 22, 1997

Brown Named Co-Big 12 Volleyball Player of the Week

Senior middle blocker sets NCAA record with perfect 10-for-10 hitting percentage as MVP of Air Force Classic

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior middle blocker Brande Brown (Fort Worth, Texas/Haltom City) was named co-Big 12 volleyball player of the week Monday by the Big 12 Conference. Brown shared the honor with Baylor sophomore Elisha Polk.

Brown led Texas Tech to four victories and the Air Force Classic championship this past weekend as she was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player- the third time this season that Brown has been selected MVP of a tournament (fourth time as a unanimous all-tournament selection). She tied an NCAA record for hitting percentage in the Red Raiders' match against William & Mary with a perfect 10 kills (zero errors) out of 10 attack attempts. For the weekend, Brown totaled 51 kills (13 errors) in 71 total attempts for an outstanding .535 hitting percentage. She also totaled 17 digs and 10 total blocks in 12 games.

"Brande was exceptional this weekend," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson said at Tech's weekly press conference. "She was the tournament MVP again and played some really awesome volleyball. The record was also great. It was kind of funny- she got it in the second game and they came over and said she had 10 kills, no errors in 10 attempts and was hitting 1.000. So I said, "What's the minimum kill cutoff for the NCAA record?" And they said, "10 attempts." So I said, "She's done." Then they came back over and said that she'd have to appear in the third game. So we put her back in for one point and we told our setter that she was absolutely not to touch the ball just to hold onto that. That's something she'll always have because it's a perfect mark."

Brown is now hitting .403 on the season. She leads the Red Raiders in hitting percentage, kills (160), kills per game (3.72), total attacks (303), solo blocks (11), block assists (37), total blocks (48) and blocks per game (1.12).

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