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Sept. 29, 1997

Texas Tech Hosts Texas, Texas A&M

With two victories this weekend, the Texas Tech volleyball squad will carry its 15-1 (2-0 Big 12) record into this weekend with matches against nationally ranked opponents Texas and Texas A&M. The Red Raiders will host Texas on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Texas A&M at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Both matches will be in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

Both Texas and Texas A&M have been difficult opponents for Texas Tech through the years. The Raiders are 7-44-2 vs. Texas and 20-32 vs. Texas A&M in all-time meetings. Head coach Jeff Nelson is 0-4 vs. Texas and 0-5 vs. Texas A&M in his time as head coach. The last time Tech defeated Texas was in 1992 in Lubbock with a 3-2 victory on October 21.

Texas Tech opened its Big 12 with two victories this weekend at Missouri and Iowa State in Columbia, Mo. and Ames, Iowa. The Red Raiders downed Missouri 15-7, 15-7 and 15-3 to gain its first Big 12 victory of the season, then traveled to Iowa State to defeat the Cyclones 15-4, 15-7, 15-8.

The two sweeping wins improved Tech's match and game winning streaks to six consecutive match victories and 18 consecutive game victories. Senior middle blocker Brande Brown led Tech with 24 kills on the weekend while junior setter Lisa Hilgers contributed 67 assists and broke the school record for career assists. She still has the rest of the year, along with another year to build upon her record.

Hilgers breaks TTU career assists record: Junior setter Lisa Hilgers broke the Texas Tech all-time career assists record against Iowa State on Saturday. Before the match, Hilgers needed 14 assists to break the record. She tied the record after she finished with 13 assists in game one. Her first assist in game two marked the record-breaking assist. Hilgers surpassed Ginger Carter's record of 3,598 career assists compiled from 1991-94. Hilgers now has 3,624 assists and will have this season along with next season to build upon her accomplishment. Hilgers also set a career high for hitting percentage in a match with a .727 performance (9-1-11).

Weekend Recap

Texas Tech downs Missouri and Iowa State to open Big 12 schedule: Texas Tech got off to a perfect Big 12 start as it needed only six games to defeat both Missouri and Iowa State in straight sets this weekend. Tech held Missouri to .127 hitting as the Raiders defeated the Tigers before 350 fans, 15-7, 15-7, 15-3.

Led by senior outside hitter Cristine Martin's 10 kills, Tech hit a combined .284 (35-14-74) against the Tigers. Martin hit .389 (10-3-18) and junior outside hitter Angela Cooper contributed nine kills in 19 attempts for the victory. Brande Brown finished with six kills, a career-high five service aces and 10 digs for the Raiders while setter Lisa Hilgers added 30 assists.

The Red Raiders improved to 2-0 in the Big 12 with a decisive 15-4, 15-7, 15-8 victory at Iowa State Saturday. Brown finished the match with 18 kills in 25 attempts, along with a .640 match hitting percentage as Cooper added 10 kills in 19 attempts (.474 percentage) and Lisa Hilgers contributed nine kills in 11 attempts for a career high .727 hitting percentage. Hilgers also broke the Texas Tech all-time career assists record with 39 assists.

Tech outhit the host Cyclones .393 to .154 and committed only 14 attack errors to Iowa State's 27. Defensively, Tech combined for 46 digs and 12 blocks to stymie Iowa State.

Nelson is now 5-0 all-time against Missouri and 4-0 vs. Iowa State.

Team Notes

  • Texas Tech extended its consecutive game and match winning streaks to 18 games and six matches. The 18-game winning streak is a season-high.
  • The Air Force Falcon Classic championship was the 36th all-time tournament title by the Texas Tech volleyball program and head coach Jeff Nelson's eighth tourney title in three years.
  • Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson's career record is now 61-22.
  • Tech hit .284 vs. Missouri. That snapped a four-match streak for Tech of hitting above .300.
  • Brande Brown tied an NCAA record for hitting percentage in a match with a perfect 1.000 (10-0-10) performance against William & Mary on September 20.
  • Tech has needed only three games to win 13 of its 15 matches.
  • Tech now has a 46-6 game record and is 14-2 in game one, 15-1 in game two, 15-1 in game three, 1-2 in game four and 1-0 in game five.
  • The Red Raiders have outscored their opponents 759-377 in total points on the season.

Starting Lineups: Following is the starting lineup totals for the Red Raiders: Heather Hughes 16, Lisa Hilgers 16, Angela Cooper 16, Brande Brown 15, Courtney Putnam 14, Kristen Holmes 12, Cristine Martin 6, Sonia Moric 1.

Player Notes

Courtney Putnam 1997: hit .450 (10-1-20) and had four digs and five blocks vs. Air Force ... 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: recorded eight and seven digs vs. Iowa State and Missouri respectively ... totaled five total service aces and 16 digs at four-match Air Force Falcon Classic ... 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: broke Texas Tech career assists record in game two vs. Iowa State and recorded career-best hitting percentage for a match (.727) with 9-1-11 performance ... earned eighth career all-tournament honors at Air Force Falcon Classic after leading Tech to title in four victories ... totaled 47 assists vs. Air Force ... earned all-tournament team honors 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 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 ... 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 10 of the first 14 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: registered 18 kills in 25 attempts for a .640 percentage and five digs vs. Iowa State ... had a career-high five aces vs. Missouri ... named co-Big 12 Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 15 ... tied NCAA all-time match hitting percentage record, Texas Tech school record and personal-best record with a 1.000 performance (10-0-10) vs. William & Mary ... earned MVP honors for the third time on season and seventh time in career at Air Force Falcon Classic after hitting .535 (51-13-71) and finished with 10 total blocks and 17 digs on weekend ... finished with 14 kills in 20 attempts and 11 digs vs. Air Force (.500) ... finished with 19 kills in 28 attempts and four blocks vs. Denver (464) ... 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: led team with 10 kills in 18 attempts (.389) vs. Missouri ... led team with nine digs vs. Iowa State ... earned Air Force Falcon Classic all-tournament honors after starting her first four matches of the season ... hit .400 (8-2-15) and had six digs vs. William & Mary ... totaled team-high eight kills in 16 attempts and seven digs vs. Hofstra ... started first match vs. Denver and recorded eight kills in 23 attempts and seven kills ... 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: hit .462 (7-1-13) and totaled five total blocks vs. William & Mary ... 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: hit .474 (10-1-19) vs. Iowa State ... hit .500 (7-0-14) vs. Air Force ... 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: 14 vs. William & Mary 9/20

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: 63 vs. William & Mary 9/20

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: -.048 (14-17-63) vs. William & Mary 9/20

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: 13 vs. William & Mary 9/20

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

Service Aces: Most: 12 vs. Missouri 9/26; Least: 2 vs. South Carolina 9/13; Opponent most: 9 at South Florida 9/5; Opponent least: 0 vs. SMU and William & Mary

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 and William & Mary 9/20

Total Blocks: Most: 23 at South Florida 9/5; Least: 4 vs. Georgia Southern 9/6; Opponent most: 17 vs. South Carolina 9/12; Opponent least: 1.5 vs. Louisiana Tech 9/12

Martin granted fifth year of eligibility: Texas Tech volleyball senior Cristine Martin was granted a fifth year of eligibility by the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tuesday, September 9. Martin, who suffered through 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 a stronger appeal was approved on Tuesday.

"The addition of Cristine solidifies our team," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson said. "She brings leadership and talent to the outside hitter position. When she came here, she was probably the most experienced player on the team with several years of club experience at a high level."

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