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Oct. 20, 1997

Red Raiders Trounce Baylor; Travel to Colorado on Friday

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech split its two matches over the last week, winning a 3-1 decision at Baylor on Wednesday and losing a 3-2 match to Oklahoma at Coronado High School on Saturday. The Red Raiders will travel to Colorado on Friday, October 24 for a 7:30 p.m. (MT) match and visit Nebraska on Saturday, October 24 for a 7:30 p.m. CT match.

Entering last week ranked No. 19 in the nation with a 6-0 Big 12 record, Colorado (6-2 Big 12, 10-6) dropped two matches this weekend, 3-0 to No. 12 Texas A&M on Friday and 3-0 to No. 11 Texas on Saturday.

Meanwhile Nebraska (5-3 Big 12, 14-5) split its matches against the Texas schools. The Cornhuskers, who entered the weekend at No. 9 nationally defeated No. 12 Texas A&M 3-1 and lost to No. 11 Texas 3-0. With the victories, Texas has a two-match conference lead with an 8-0 record (13-3 overall).

Following Tech's two matches at Colorado and Nebraska respectively, the Red Raiders return home on Monday, October 27 and the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum for an exciting exhibition match against the USA National Team. The match begins at 7:00 p.m.

The USA National Team is engaged in a "Back to School" tour, playing matches against some of the top college teams in the nation. The events are an opportunity for the college teams to see up close, what it means to compete on the national team- and for fans to gain a better appreciation for the marked difference between the college and internationl levels of volleyball.

No. 1 Penn State defeated the National Team 3-0, but USA responded by winning matches at Kansas State, Nebraska and Michigan State. The USA National Team finished second at the NORCECA zone championships in Puerto Rico after losing to Cuba. (See other pages in this release for more information).

PUTNAM BOMBS AWAY!

Putnam breaks match kills record with 32 Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Putnam broke the all-time Texas Tech record for kills in a match with 32 kills against Oklahoma last Saturday. The sophomore from Evergreen, Colo. hammered home 32 kills in 74 attempts (eight errors) for a .324 hitting percentage. She shattered the previous Tech record- 28 kills by Diane Owens, set on Nov. 29, 1995 vs. Arkansas State- by four kills. Putnam registered six kills in the first game, seven in the second, erupted for 11 in the third, five in the fourth and three in the fifth.

"She was outstanding," Tech head coach Jeff Nelson said. "She played awesome, fantastic on the front row. She couldn't have played any better. I told her to keep swinging and swinging and swinging."

For the week, including Putnam's performance in a 3-1 victory against Baylor Wednesday night (21-3-47, 2 block assists), Putnam finished with 53 kills, 11 attack errors in 121 total attacks for a .347 percentage and seven block assists on the week.

Weekend Recap

  • Texas Tech loses to Oklahoma 3-2
  • Oklahoma defeats Texas Tech volleyball 3-2
  • Tech sophomore Courtney Putnam breaks school record for kills in a match after drilling home 32

Oklahoma handed Texas Tech its fifth setback of the season with a 10-15, 17-15, 12-15, 15-7, 13-15 defeat Saturday at Lubbock's Coronado High School. Tech falls to 4-4 in Big 12 play and 17-5 overall while Oklahoma improves to 5-3 in the Big 12 and 11-8 overall. The match was played at Coronado due to a scheduling conflict for Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum.

Texas Tech's Courtney Putnam broke the school record for kills in a match with 32. The sophomore from Evergreen, Colo. drilled home 32 kills in 74 attempts (eight errors) for a .324 hitting percentage. She shattered the previous Tech record- 28 kills by Diane Owens on November 29, 1995 against Arkansas State- by four kills. Putnam also added five digs and five block assists.

Oklahoma's Patrice Arrington provided some offensive highlights for herself as she registered 32 kills, a .323 hitting percentage and 16 digs, Tanisha Webster finished with 22 kills and a .425 hitting percentage and Melissa Peterson added 27 kills a .323 percentage and 28 digs. Setter Meredith Van Horn finished the match with 89 kills and 13 digs. As a team, Oklahoma hit an unbelievable .351 for the match (103-23-228) which placed fourth on the all-time Texas Tech opponents' match hitting percentage list. In the last two games combined, the Sooners hit and incredible .462 while blasting 27 kills and two errors in 54 attempts.

Following Putnam, senior outside hitter Cristine Martin finished with 24 kills in 57 attempts for a .316 percentage and 28 digs, senior middle blocker Brande Brown registered 15 kills in 39 attempts and 16 digs and senior setter Lisa Hilgers added 71 assists. Freshman Heather Hughes finished with 14 digs.

Tech also defeated Baylor 15-12, 15-13, 5-15, 15-10 in Waco on Wednesday evening. Courtney Putnam led the Raiders with 21 kills and a .383 hitting percentage while Brande Brown totaled 18 kills and a .359 percentage and Cristine Martin added 10 kills. Lisa Hilgers finished with a match-high 18 digs and 49 assists.

Hilgers leads Big 12 Conference in hitting pct.

Prior to this weekend, Texas Tech junior setter Lisa Hilgers was leading the Big 12 Conference in hitting percentage for league matches only with a .426 hitting percentage (25-2-54) in conference matches. Other Red Raiders in the Big 12 rankings: All matches: Hitting Percentage: 2. Sonia Moric, .373; 4. Lisa Hilgers, .365; 6. Brande Brown, .364. Kills per game: 12. Brande Brown, 3.72. Assists: 8. Lisa Hilgers, 12.07. Service Aces per game: 10. Heather Hughes, 0.37. Digs per game: 11. Lisa Hilgers 3.09. Conference games only: Hitting Percentage: 1. Lisa Hilgers, .426. Kills per game: 12. Brande Brown, 3.71. Assists: Lisa Hilgers, 11.62. Service Aces: 11. Brande Brown, 0.33

Team Notes

Sophomore Courtney Putnam broke the all-time Tech record for kills in a match with 32 vs. Oklahoma. She shattered the previous record of 28 held by Diane Owens against Arkansas State on Nov. 11, 1995.

Oklahoma hit .351 (103-23-228), which was good for fourth place on the all-time Texas Tech opponents' list for team hitting percentage in a match.

The loss to Oklahoma snapped a 15-match winning streak when the Red Raiders win their first game. The Red Raiders are now 15-1 after winning their first game.

With its Baylor victory, Texas Tech is now 1-4 in matches spanning four games. In all four losses- South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M and Kansas State, the Red Raiders lost their first two games, won the second and lost the fourth.

With a victory at Kansas, Tech is 14-0 in matches spanning three games.

Texas Tech finished its 11th match hitting above .300 on the season. Tech is 11-0 in those matches while hitting over .300.

Tech is 17-0 in matches after winning the second game.

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 63-26.

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 14 of its 17 match victories.

Starting Lineups

Following is the starting lineup totals for the Red Raiders: Heather Hughes 22, Lisa Hilgers 22, Brande Brown 21, Courtney Putnam 19, Angela Cooper 18, Kristen Holmes 16, Cristine Martin 12, Sonia Moric 1.

Hilgers breaks career assists record at ISU

Junior setter Lisa Hilgers broke the Texas Tech all-time career assists record against Iowa State. During the Texas match, Hilgers was honored following game two with a game ball to commemorate the record. Before the Iowa State 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).

Player Notes

No. 2, Courtney Putnam 1997: broke Texas Tech match kills record with a career-high 32 kills vs. Oklahoma (32-8-74) ... had a career-high 74 attempts, five block assists, five digs and .324 hitting percentage in same match ... finished with a career-high 21 kills in 47 attempts (383 pct.) at Baylor ... two-match line (OU, Baylor) was 53-11-121, .347 pct., 9 digs, 7 blocks ... registered 12 kills in a career high 48 attempts at Kansas ... finished with eight digs vs. Texas A&M ... led team with a .304 hitting percentage (10-3-23) and five blocks vs. Texas ... hit .450 (10-1-20) and had four digs and five blocks at 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) at 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.

No. 3, Heather Hughes 1997: has started all 22 matches as a freshman ... finished with 14 digs vs. Oklahoma ... had eight digs vs. Texas ... recorded eight and seven digs at 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.

No. 4, Lisa Hilgers 1997: registered 71 assists vs. Oklahoma ... finished with 18 digs and 49 assists at Baylor ... totaled 13 digs and 48 assists at Kansas State ... finished with .667 (6-0-9) hitting percentage, 10 digs at Kansas ... hit .308 (4-0-13) and registered 41 assists and 14 digs vs. Texas A&M ... finished with 38 assists and 13 digs vs. Texas ... broke Texas Tech career assists record at 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 ... 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 at 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.

No. 5, Kristen Holmes 1997: finished with 11 digs vs. Oklahoma ... finished with 10 digs at Kansas ... finished with nine kills vs. both Texas and Texas A&M ... 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 at 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.

No. 7, Brande Brown 1997: had 15 kills in 39 attempts and 16 digs vs. Oklahoma ... finished with registered 18 kills in 39 attempts for a .359 pct. at Baylor ... finished with 16 kills, five blocks and 11 digs at Kansas State ... hit .484 (17-2-31) at Kansas ... finished with 10 kills and 11 digs vs. Texas A&M ... had 11 kills in 35 attempts and had nine digs vs. Texas ... registered 18 kills in 25 attempts for a .640 percentage and five digs at Iowa State ... had a career-high five aces at 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 at 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) at 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.

No. 9, Cristine Martin 1997: finished with 24 kills in 57 attempts (.316 pct.) and 28 digs vs. Oklahoma ... had 10 kills at Baylor ... finished with 13 kills and 18 digs at Kansas State ... hit .357 (8-3-14) and had nine digs at Kansas ... had 11 kills and 15 digs vs. Texas A&M ... registered 11 kills vs. Texas ... led team with 10 kills in 18 attempts (.389) at Missouri ... led team with nine digs at 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.

No. 12, Janelle Jones 1997: totaled four blocks at Kansas State ... hit .308 (7-3-13) vs. Texas A&M ... 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 at South Florida ... finished her first collegiate tournament with 20 kills in 40 attempts (.325 percentage) in reserve roll at Sheraton Shootout.

No. 13, Sonia Moric 1997: contributed .444 hitting (6-2-9) and four blocks at Baylor ... hit .444 (6-2-9) at Kansas State and hit .500 (6-1-10) at Kansas ... provided valuable play off the bench after finishing with three blocks vs. Texas and four blocks vs. Texas A&M ... 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.

No. 14, Angela Cooper 1997: hit .357 (7-2-14) vs. Texas A&M ... hit .474 (10-1-19) at Iowa State ... hit .500 (7-0-14) at 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) at 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: 92 vs. Oklahoma 10/18;
Least: 35 vs. Texas-San Antonio 8/29;
Opponent most: 103 vs. Oklahoma 10/18;
Opponent least: 14 vs. William & Mary 9/20

Attack errors:
Most: 38 vs. Texas 10/3;
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: .084 (51-38-154) vs. Texas 10/3;
Opponent best: .351 vs. Oklahoma 10/18;
Opponent worst: -.048 (14-17-63) vs. William & Mary 9/20

Assists:
Most:
84 vs. Oklahoma 10/18;
Least: 33 vs. Texas-San Antonio 8/29;
Opponent most: 92 vs. Oklahoma 10/18;
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: 34 vs. Texas 10/3;
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: 22 vs. Texas 10/3;
Opponent least: 1.5 vs. Louisiana Tech 9/12

BIG 12 Conference Standings

Big 12          Overall
Team            W-L  Pct.   Home    Away
Texas           8-0 1.000   13-3    .785
Texas A&M       6-2 .750    13-4    .764
Colorado        6-2 .750    10-6    .625
Nebraska        5-3 .625    14-5    .737
Kansas State    5-3 .625    13-6    .684
Oklahoma        5-3 .625    11-8    .578
Texas Tech      4-4 .500    17-5    .772
Baylor          3-5 .600    13-9    .590
Missouri        1-7 .125    12-11   .522
Kansas          1-7 .125    8-13    .381
Iowa State      0-8 .000    9-12    .429

Upcoming Weekend Schedule

  • Oct. 21: Notre Dame at Texas;
  • Oct. 22: Missouri at Iowa State;
  • Oct. 24: Baylor at Nebraska, Iowa State at Oklahoma, Texas at Kansas, Texas A&M at Kansas State, Texas Tech at Colorado;
  • Oct. 25: Baylor at Colorado, Missouri at Oklahoma, Texas at Kansas State, Texas A&M at Kansas, Texas Tech at Nebraska.

Record: 17-5 H: 6-4 A: 6-1 N: 5-0
Big 12: 4-4 H: 0-3 A: 4-1

SHERATON SHOOTOUT 8/29 UT-SAN ANTONIO W- 15-5, 15-0, 15-11 8/29 PORTLAND W- 7-15, 15-3, 15-3, 15-8 8/30 SMU W- 15-5, 15-0, 16-14 8/30 OHIO W- 15-10, 15-7, 15-9 SOUTH FLORIDA TOURNAMENT, Tampa, Fla. 9/5 vs. UT-Chattanooga W- 15-9, 15-7, 15-6 9/5 at USF (26) W- 14-16, 15-9, 15-13, 12-15, 16-14 9/6 vs. Georgia Southern W- 15-1, 15-2, 15-4 FOUR POINTS-SHERATON/RED RAIDER CLASSIC 9/12 SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA W- 15-3, 15-6, 16-14 9/12 LOUISIANA TECH W- 15-3, 15-10, 15-3 9/13 SOUTH CAROLINA L- 15-8, 6-15, 14-16, 13-15 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY TOURNAMENT Colorado Springs, Colo. 9/19 vs. Denver W- 15-7, 15-3, 15-7 9/19 at Air Force W- 15-12, 15-1, 15-10 9/20 vs. Hofstra W- 15-6, 15-6, 15-3 9/20 vs. William & Mary W- 15-3, 15-3, 15-2 Big XII CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 9/26 at Missouri W- 15-7, 15-7, 15-3 9/27 at Iowa State W- 15-4, 15-7, 15-8 10/3 TEXAS (13) L- 15-9, 15-11, 11-15, 15-6 10/4 TEXAS A&M (14) L- 15-5, 15-10, 11-15, 15-2 10/10 at Kansas W- 15-5, 15-6, 15-12 10/11 at Kansas State L- 15-8, 15-10, 12-15, 15-10 10/15 at Baylor W- 15-12, 15-13, 5-15, 15-10 10/18 OKLAHOMA L- 10-15, 17-15, 12-15, 15-7, 15-13 10/24 at Colorado 8:30 p.m. 10/25 at Nebraska 7:30 p.m. 10/27 *USA NATIONAL TEAM (TV-local) 7 p.m. 10/31 KANSAS STATE 7 p.m. 11/1 KANSAS (Radio- KKAM, 1340 AM) 7 p.m. 11/7 at Texas A&M 7 p.m. 11/8 at Texas (TV-Fox Sports Net) 7 p.m. 11/14 IOWA STATE 7 p.m. 11/15 MISSOURI (Radio- KKAM, 1340 AM) 7 p.m. 11/21 NEBRASKA (TV-Fox Sports Net) 7 p.m. 11/22 COLORADO (Radio- KKAM, 1340 AM) 7 p.m. 11/26 BAYLOR 7 p.m. 11/28 at Oklahoma 7 p.m. NCAA Volleyball Tournament 12/3 NCAA First Round Home Sites 12/6 NCAA Second Round Home Sites 12/12 NCAA Regionals TBA 12/18 NCAA Final Four Spokane, Wash. TV indicates televised game by Fox Sports Net- broadcast times TBA. All times Central Time. Home games played at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Home games in bold.

USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll

Poll No. 7- Oct. 14, 1997 (poll is released on Tuesdays)
Rnk School              Points  Record  Prev.
1.  Penn State (60)     1500    17-0    1
2.  Long Beach St       1430    14-1    2
3.  Florida             1369    17-1    3
4.  Stanford            1341    16-2    4
5.  So California       1226    13-2    6
6.  BYU                 1179    14-4    7
7.  UC-Santa Barbara    1098    16-2    9
8.  Wisconsin           1043    14-2    10
9.  Nebraska            962     13-4    5
10. Washington St       922     17-2    8
11. Texas               893     11-3    13
12. Texas A&M           803     13-3    14
13. Pacific             719     11-4    12
14. Pepperdine          749     14-1    11
15. Arizona             693     12-3    15
16. Hawai'i             562     13-4    17
17. Maryland            517     15-0    18
18. Colorado State      396     15-3    20
19. Colorado            387     10-4    22
20. Loyola Marymount    370     13-4    16
21. Washington          301     10-6    24
22. UCLA                282     9-5     21
23. San Diego           183     15-2    N/R
24. Arkansas            147     14-5    23
25. Michigan State      145     13-6    19

Others receiving points: Michigan (45), Minnesota (38), South Carolina (15), Illinois (13), Ohio State (10), Oklahoma (7), Central Florida (6), Ball State (5), Kansas State (5), Arizona State (4), Florida State (2), Northern Illinois (2), Butler (1), Notre Dame (1). Texas Tech received no votes.

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.

Texas Tech Volleyball on television and live radio

Lubbock's KKAM-Radio will broadcast three Texas Tech volleyball matches live. The three matches are Nov. 1 vs. Kansas State, Nov. 15 vs. Missouri and Nov. 22 vs. Colorado. All three are home matches in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. In addition, Tech will tentatively have its match against the USA National team broadcasted on tape delay by Lubbock's KLBK-TV (Ch. 13). Tech's road match against Texas and its home match against Nebraska will also be televised by Fox Sports Southwest. Airing times will be released at a later date. Tech volleyball broadcast schedule
Day,  Date      Match opponent      Media                   Match Time
Mon.  Oct. 27   USA NATIONAL TEAM   KLBK (Ch. 13-tentative) 7:00 p.m.*
Sat., Nov. 1    KANSAS STATE        KKAM (1340)             7:00 p.m.&
Sat.  Nov. 8    at Texas            Fox Sports Net          7:30 p.m.*
Sat., Nov. 15   MISSOURI            KKAM (1340)             7:00 p.m.&
Fri., Nov. 21   NEBRASKA            Fox Sports Net          7:00 p.m.*
Sat., Nov. 22   COLORADO            KKAM (1340)             7:00 p.m.&
&live radio on KKAM (1340-AM)
*on tape delay, airing times and dates to be announced later.

Texas Tech All-America Page!

Check out all three of Texas Tech prospective All-America candidates on the Texas Tech Athletics website! Updated statistics, game-by-game and notes on senior middle blocker Brande Brown, junior setter Lisa Hilgers and junior outside hitter Angela Cooper are available at the Texas Tech Athletics website at www.texastech.com. Click on the "All-Star selections" on the right box of your screen to access the information.

Senior Cristine Martin is eligible to compete after awaiting an NCAA decision which granted her a fifth year of volleyball eligibility. She was denied by the NCAA in her first attempt to compete, but a stronger second appeal was approved by the NCAA. Martin was allowed to practice beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Martin played in seven matches and 16 games as a freshman after sustaining a knee injury and undergoing two arthroscopic surgeries. The Big XII Conference supported her 100 percent in her attempt to begin a fifth season. Martin, who currently holds Red Raider records for season service aces and career service aces, will now be able to build upon those records. She has been keeping in shape by practicing with the team until the decision was finalized Tuesday.

Senior Brande Brown returns to the squad for her fourth year of eligibility. Brown could have received her degree and moved on, but decided to return for her final year. She is also a former two-sport Tech athlete (track and field). Brown set an NCAA record earlier in the season with a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage (10-0-10) vs. William & Mary. That record should be included in the NCAA recordbooks for years to come.

Texas Tech recordholder and Academic All-American Jill Burness, along with Lacy Nye and Courtney Thames will not return to the 1997 volleyball squad. Who will fill their leadership roles on the team and what did the team gain from their losses (if anything)?

Junior setter, two-year starter, assists recordholder and squad co-captain Lisa Hilgers returns to Tech volleyball with some new, unfamiliar faces surrounding her. Earlier this season, Hilgers broke the all-time Texas Tech record for career assists and she still has a year of eligibility remaining.

Setter Lisa Hilgers has accomplished some outstanding feats in her short two-year career. It's amazing considering she's only 5-6- one of the smallest starting setters in the nation. Hilgers already holds records for career, season, game and average assists per game and will challenge school records for digs, matches played and games played. Head coach Jeff Nelson has been quoted many times referring to the fact that Hilgers is the one who led them to two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (as a freshman also).

Coach Jeff Nelson expects sophomore Courtney Putnam to contribute in a big way this year with the loss of Burness as the team's top attacker. But only 12 months ago after seeing how good the other players were, Putnam was saying that she didn't deserve a scholarship. "If Jeff wants my scholarship back, he can have it because I know I'm not good enough," she said. Since then, the ultra-athletic Putnam has improved drastically and even led the team in kills through its summer competitions. Redshirt freshman Janelle Jones, who earned the team's most improved player award at last year's banquet, is also much improved and will help with the loss of Burness.

There's no doubt about it, 1996 Most Improved Player and redshirt freshman Janelle Jones definitely has some ups! At preseason testing, Jones reached and jumped 10-feet-four inches. With that type of reach, Jones should easily be able to dunk a basketball. Even though she says that she's never tried to dunk a basketball or a volleyball for that matter, she may only be one of three women on the Texas Tech campus to have the ability to dunk. Jones is also the tallest player ever in Texas Tech volleyball history at 6-foot-3 inches tall.

The 1997 Texas Tech volleyball team is youthful as it welcomes eight newcomers (two transfers and six freshmen). Coming from their diverse backgrounds and from all over the country, how do they view Texas Tech in their first few days of practice? The incoming Red Raiders represent six states including Texas (3), Arizona (1), New Mexico (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1) and Oklahoma (1). Two are transfer students in junior Natalie Rives (Samford) and sophomore Elizabeth Hamilton (South Carolina Aiken).

Head Coach Jeff Nelson is one of the most successful volleyball coaches ever in his first two years- and he's only getting started. He turned the Texas Tech program into a winner and has made it one of the most successful programs throughout the nation and tough Big XII Conference. But that is only his short-term goal. His long-term goal is to make the Red Raiders contenders for the national title year-in, year-out. His Red Raiders may be even closer to achieving that goal than he thinks. In addition, Nelson has contribute d to the rise of volleyball in Lubbock and has helped generate interest on the high school level.

The Tech volleyball team travelled to Itay over the summer to prepare for the 1997 season, compete against Italian squads and tour the sites. Tour stops included visits to London, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence and other cities. Read Coach Jeff Nelson's diary of the trip on the internet at www.texastech.com. How has that experience helped the team and how will that translate to success in the new season?

Junior Kristen Holmes is in her third year on the Texas Tech volleyball team and was selected as a co-captain for the season. But upon entering Texas Tech as a freshman, she wasn't even slated to play volleyball. In fact, while walking down to walk-on for the women's basketball team, Holmes made a stop at then-coach Mike Jones' office to walk-on to the volleyball team. The move paid off as Holmes is one of three returning starters on this year's team and will be expected to provide valuable leadership.

Brown ties NCAA hitting percentage record

Brande Brown tied an NCAA hitting percentage record with a perfect 10-0-10 performance against William & Mary on September 20, 1997. Here is where she stands on the all-time NCAA hitting performance chart: Note- these records reflect records from the 1995 season and not the 1996 season. The 1997 NCAA guide is not completed.

NCAA Records- Hitting Percentage (10-14 attempts)

Pct.  (K-E/TA) Player, Team vs. Opponent   Date
1.000 (13-0/13) Amy Cooper, Stanford vs. California Oct. 9, 1990
1.000 (13-0/13) Debbie McDonald, Purdue vs. NC State    Sept. 25, 1987
1.000 (12-0/12) Kenyatta Lovelace, Hawai'i vs. Cal St. Fullerton    Oct. 3, 1992
1.000 (11-0/11) Cindy Silldorff, San Diego vs. San Francisco    Nov. 11, 1988
1.000 (10-0/10) Brande Brown, Texas Tech vs. William & Mary Sept. 20, 1997
1.000 (10-0/10) Julia Civardi, Colgate vs. LIU-Brooklyn Sept. 25, 1993
1.000 (10-0/10) Cris Omiecinski, Georgia Tech vs. West Georgia  Oct. 10, 1992
1.000 (10-0/10) Laura Olesen, Stanford vs. Oregon State Oct. 31, 1986

Texas Tech volleyball team slated to play USA National Team

Red Raiders to host USA Volleyball National Team on October 27 in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum

The planning is over and the dates and times are set. The Texas Tech volleyball team will host the USA National Team in an exhibition match Monday, October 27 in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum beginning at 7:00 p.m. The USA National Team, consisting of the United States' top players, is planning a national competition exhibition tour with matches against the nation's top collegiate volleyball programs. Texas Tech, currently undefeated at 7-0 with two tournament titles on the young season, was among the initial 12 schools selected for competition.

"We're extremely excited to have the opportunity to play the best volleyball players in the country," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson said. "It's also a tremendous opportunity for the younger players at the elementary, junior high and high school levels to see the best players in the nation showcased against our own team. To have the opportunity to expose the Lubbock community to the best level of volleyball is really exciting."

The USA National Team is making preparations to play its 12-match tour against 12 of the top collegiate programs in the nation including Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Washington, Colorado State and Washington State, along with Big XII Conference schools Texas Tech, Nebraska, Kansas State, Texas, Colorado and Texas A&M. The Texas Tech match will be one of the final contests on the tour.

With the addition of the USA National Team, the Red Raiders' schedule looks even more difficult. The USA National Team will catch Tech in the middle of the Big XII Conference schedule as the Red Raiders will face nationally ranked teams Colorado and Nebraska on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25 respectively, then play the USA National Team on Monday, Oct. 27. On the following weekend, Tech will play Kansas State, a volleyball program normally ranked in the top 25. Following a home match against Kansas, Tech will travel to Texas and Texas A&M for matches with two more nationally ranked programs.

Admission for the exhibition match on Oct. 27 will be $5.00, general admission.

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