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Nov. 3, 1997

Volleyball Takes on Intrastate Rivals

Texas Tech split its matches this weekend with Kansas State (3-1 loss) and Kansas (3-0 victory). The Red Raiders (5-4 Big 12, 18-5) will now focus their attention on this weekend's two top-25 opponents Texas A&M and Texas. Both matches are on the road with the Texas A&M match beginning at 7 p.m. at A&M's G. Rollie White Coliseum and the Texas match beginning at 3 p.m. at the Longhorns' Recreational Sports Center.

The Texas match will be broadcast on tape delay by Fox Sports Net. Broadcast times have yet to be announced.

Texas Match in Austin rescheduled for 3 p.m.
Because of the Texas Tech at Texas football game being moved to 6:00 p.m., the Texas Tech at Texas volleyball match on Saturday, November 8 has been moved to 3 p.m. in the afternoon to avoid the conflicting time slots.

Weekend Recap
Red Raiders sweep Kansas

The Texas Tech volleyball team won its 19th match of the season with a 3-0, 15-6, 15-13, 15-4 sweep of Kansas Saturday at Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum. The Red Raiders improve to 6-5 in Big 12 play and 19-6 overall while Kansas drops to 1-11 in the Big 12 and 8-17 overall.

Senior middle blocker Brande Brown led the way for Texas Tech with 11 kills and 10 digs. Junior outside hitter Heather Fife, in her first career start, added career highs in kills (eight), attempts (13) and hitting percentage (.538). Junior setter Lisa Hilgers, who surpassed the 4,000-career assist barrier on Friday against Kansas State, finished the evening with 26 assists and had a match-high 16 digs, while junior middle blocker Sonia Moric pitched in six kills and a .625 hitting percentage.

Kansas was held to .118 (38-24-119) hitting while Tech finished at a .287 clip (40-11-101). The Jayhawks were led by Kendra Kahler's nine kills and Amy Myatt's .429 (7-1-14) hitting percentage).

Red Raiders drop heartbreaker to Kansas State, 3-1
The Kansas State volleyball team handed Texas Tech its second defeat in three matches with a 5-15, 15-5, 15-7, 16-14 loss Friday evening at Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum. Kansas State improves to 7-4 in the Big 12 and 16-7 overall while Texas Tech drops to 5-5 in the Big 12 and 18-6 overall.

Junior setter Lisa Hilgers surpassed the 4,000-career assist milestone on the evening as she finished the night with 39 assists. Hilgers needed only 16 assists to surpass that mark. She broke Texas Tech's career assists record earlier in the season and went over 1,000 career digs two matches ago against Oklahoma.

Texas Tech began the game on fire as the Red Raiders stormed the floor for a decisive 15-5 victory in game one. Kansas State won games two and three with decisive 15-5 and 15-7 scores.

Down 2-1, Tech jumped out to a 7-0 lead in game four and held an 11-4 advantage. But the Wildcats came back and cut the lead to 14-12. From that point, Tech served to win the game four times but failed as Kansas State rallied for a 16-14 game victory and match win.

Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Putnam led Texas Tech with 19 kills in 54 attempts and five blocks, junior setter Lisa Hilgers added 39 assists and 22 digs, senior outside hitter Cristine Martin chipped in 11 kills and 13 digs and senior middle blocker Brande Brown added nine kills and 17 digs. Junior outside hitter Kristen Holmes finished with 18 digs and freshman Heather Hughes contributed 12.

Kansas State was led by Kim Zschau's 20 kills, Dawn Cady's 14 and Valerie Wieck's 13. Both teams struggled in their hitting as Kansas State finished with .164 (60-28-195) while Texas Tech went .139 (52-28-173).


Team Notes

  • With the Colorado victory, Texas Tech won its first match against a top-25 nationally ranked opponent of the season. The last time the Red Raiders defeated a nationally ranked opponent was on 10/12/96 when they beat Kansas State 3-2. The Red Raiders are 1-2 against nationally ranked opponents this year (lost to Texas and Texas A&M).
  • Sophomore Courtney Putnam's performance against Colorado marked her third straight match hitting above .300 and third straight match with 20 or more kills. Putnam broke the all-time Texas Tech match kills record with 32 kills vs. Oklahoma. She shattered the previous record of 28, held by Diane Owens against Arkansas State on Nov. 11, 1995.
  • Head coach Jeff Nelson defeated Colorado for the first time in his career. Texas Tech and Nelson are now 1-4 against the Buffaloes.
  • Texas Tech is now 19-0 in matches after winning the second game.
  • Tech is 15-0 in matches spanning three games.
  • Tech has hit over .300 in 11 matches this season. The Red Raiders are 11-0 in those matches.
  • The Air Force Falcon Classic was the 36th all-time tournament title won by the Texas Tech volleyball program and head coach Jeff Nelson's eigth tourney title over three years as coach.
  • Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson now has a 65-27 record as head coach.
  • 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 15 of its 19 match victories.

Postponed Nebraska match to be played on Tuesday, Nov. 12
The Texas Tech at Nebraska match which was cancelled on Saturday, October 25 due to inclement weather has been rescheduled on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tech must fly to Lincoln on Tuesday morning and then fly back that evening after the match.

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.

Starting Lineups
Following is the starting lineup totals for the Red Raiders: Heather Hughes 25, Lisa Hilgers 25, Brande Brown 24, Courtney Putnam 22, Angela Cooper 18, Kristen Holmes 17, Cristine Martin 15, Sonia Moric 1, Janelle Jones 1, Heather Fife 1.

Hilgers surpasses 4,000 career assists
Junior setter Lisa Hilgers surpassed 4,000 career assists Friday evening against Kansas State. The junior broke Tech's all-time career assists record earlier in the season and surpassed the 1,000 career dig mark with her performance against Oklahoma.

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.


Player Notes

No. 2, Courtney Putnam
1997: registered 19 kills and five blocks vs. Kansas State ... finished with 27 kills (27-3-47), hit .511 and added five blocks and five digs at Colorado to complete her third straight match over 20 kills and hitting over .300 ... 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 25 matches as a freshman ... finished with 12 digs vs. Kansas State ... had nine digs at Colorado ... 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: finished with match-high 16 digs vs. Kansas ... registered match-high 22 digs and 39 assists vs. Kansas State ... finished with 53 assists, 16 digs and went 6-1-16 (.313) at Colorado ... registered 71 assists vs. Oklahoma and surpassed 1,000-career digs in that match ... 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: had 18 digs vs. Kansas State ... finished with eight kills and nine digs at Colorado ... 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. 6, Heather Fife
1997: started first match of her career vs. Kansas ... registered career highs in kills (8), attempts (13) and attack percentage (.538) vs. Kansas and contributed eight digs.

No. 7, Brande Brown
1997: finished with 11 kills and 10 digs vs. Kansas ... had nine kills 17 digs vs. Kansas State ... finished with 17 kills, four blocks and 17 digs at Colorado ... 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. 8, Kim Breitbach
1997: has contributed solid defense and outstanding serving as defensive specialist for Red Raiders off the bench and has seen action in 50 games including two 6-dig performances at South Florida and vs. Louisiana Tech.

No. 9, Cristine Martin
1997: finished with 11 kills and 13 digs vs. Kansas State ... registered 11 kills, 19 digs and five assists at Colorado ... 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. 11, Pam Osterfeld
1997: has contributed outstanding hustle and serving support off the bench as a redshirt freshman ... served two straight aces for victory vs. Kansas ... contributed three kills and five digs vs. Georgia Southern ... finished with career-high 9 digs vs. SMU and contributed 8 digs vs. Ohio ... is learning the setter position.

No. 12, Janelle Jones
1997: started first career match at Colorado ... 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: finished with eight blocks (one solo) vs. Kansas State ... registered career-high nine blocks (one solo) at Colorado ... 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. 15, Natalie Rives
1997: has used outstanding jump serve and left handed offensive skills to help Red Raiders off the bench ... finished with five digs in 10 attempts (.400 pct.) vs. Georgia Southern ... finished with career-high eight digs at Baylor.


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: 100 vs. Kansas State, 10/31; 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: 23 at Colorado 10/24; 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.    W-L     Pct.
Texas           12-0    1.000   18-3    .857
Texas A&M       9-3     .750    17-5    .773
Colorado        8-3     .700    12-7    .611
Kansas State    8-4     .667    17-7    .708
Nebraska        7-4     .667    16-6    .714
Oklahoma        7-5     .583    13-10   .565
Texas Tech      6-5     .545    19-6    .792
Baylor          4-7     .364    14-11   .560
Missouri        2-10    .167    13-14   .482
Kansas          1-11    .083    8-17    .320
Iowa State      0-12    .000    9-16    .360

Upcoming Weekly Schedule
Nov. 5: Kansas at Kansas State;
Nov. 7: Baylor at Texas;
Colorado at Iowa State;
Nebraska at Missouri;
Oklahoma at Kansas State;
TEXAS TECH at A&M;
Nov. 8: Baylor at Texas A&M;
Colorado at Missouri;
Oklahoma at Kansas;
Nebraska at Iowa State;
TEXAS TECH at Texas.

USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll 
Poll No. 9- Oct. 28, 1997 (poll is released on Tuesdays)
Rnk School              Points  Record  Prev.
1.  Penn State (59)     1499    21-0    1
2.  Long Beach State    1425    18-1    2
3.  Florida             1364    21-1    3
4.  Stanford (1)        1352    20-2    4
5.  BYU                 1225    18-4    6
6.  U.C.-Santa Barbara  1178    21-2    7
7.  Wisconsin           1103    18-2    8
    Southern California 1103    16-3    5
9.  Texas               1034    16-3    9
10. Washington State    902     19-4    10
11. Nebraska            899     15-5    11
12. Pepperdine          846     17-2    14
13. Arizona             799     15-3    15
14. Hawai'i             651     17-4    16
15. Texas A&M           636     15-5    12
16. Maryland            555     19-0    17
17. Pacific             553     13-5    13
18. Washington          531     13-7    21
19. Colorado State      459     19-3    18
20. Loyola Marymount    355     15-5    19
21. San Diego           328     18-2    22
22. Arkansas            188     18-5    24
23. Colorado            173     10-7    20
24. UCLA                109     9-9     23
25. Michigan State      94      16-7    25

Others receiving points: Ohio State (29), South Carolina (29), Michigan (25), Kansas State (17), TEXAS TECH (16), Minnesota (12), Ball State (9), Oklahoma (5), Central Florida (4), Eastern Washington (4), Notre Dame (4), Sacramento State (3), Northern Illinois (2).

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'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.

1997 Texas Tech volleyball radio/television broadcast schedule
Day, Date       Match opponent      Media           Broadcast Time
Sat., Nov. 1    KANSAS, 7 p.m.      KKAM (1340)     Live Radio
Sat., Nov. 8    at Texas, 3 p.m.    Fox Sports Net  Nov. 9- noon; Nov. 12- 1 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 15   MISSOURI, 7 p.m.    KKAM (1340)     Live Radio
Fri., Nov. 21   NEBRASKA, 7 p.m.    Fox Sports Net  TBA*
Sat., Nov. 22   COLORADO, 7 p.m.    KKAM (1340)     Live Radio
*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, match-by-match and various notes on senior middle blocker Brande Brown, junior setter Lisa Hilgers and sophomore outside hitter Courtney Putnam are available at the Texas Tech Athletics website at www.texastech.com. Click on the "All-Star selections" on the red box to the right of your screen to access the information.

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

SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1997 Texas Tech Team Accomplishments

  • Finished non conference pre-Big 12 season with a 13-1 record.
  • Ranked among the top-10 in District 5 rankings (began season ranked sixth).
  • Ranked among the nation's top-35 teams in the AVCA/USA Today coaches' poll since beginning of the season.
  • Head coach Jeff Nelson reached 60 career victories with win against Missouri.
  • Head coach Jeff Nelson won eighth career tournament title with Air Force Falcon Classic title.
  • Won four-match Air Force Falcon Classic in a minimum of 12 games. The sweep marked the third time in Texas
  • Tech volleyball history that the Raiders won a tournament without losing a game.
  • Began season with nine consecutive victories, a nine-match winning streak.
  • Finished pre-conference matches with team hitting percentage of .307 (728-227-1634).
  • Won 18 consecutive games during a stretch of the season.
  • Will appear on television three matches (two on national television- Fox Sports Net)
  • Defeated one nationally ranked opponent, No. 20 Colorado.
Texas Tech in the District 5 NCAA Rankings
No. Date    Place
1   PreSea. 6th
2   Oct. 7  5th
3   Oct. 21 8th
Texas Tech in the National Polls
(AVCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll)
No. Date    Points  Place   
1   9/2     12      31
2   9/9     12      27
3   9/16    6       32
4   9/23    8       31
5   9/30    13      30
6   10/7    6       35
7   10/14   0       N/R
8   10/21   0       N/R
9   10/28   16      30

1997 NCAA Records Broken

  • Brande Brown- Hitting percentage, match- 1.000 (10-0-10) vs. William & Mary

1997 School Records Broken

  • Brande Brown- Hitting percentage, match- 1.000 (10-0-10) vs. William & Mary
  • Courtney Putnam- Kills, match- 32 vs Oklahoma 10/18
  • Courtney Putnam- Attack attempts- 74 vs. Oklahoma 10/18
  • Lisa Hilgers- Career Assists- finished match with 3,624 career assists at Iowa State
  • Team- Hitting percentage, match (.492), second on list vs. Georgia Southern (39-8-63)
  • Oklahoma hit a fourth-best all-time match opponents' hitting perecentage vs. Tech .351 (92-37-223) on 10/18
  • Held William & Mary to fourth worst match hitting percentage all-time (-.048, 14-17-63).
  • Held Texas-San Antonio to sixth worst match hitting percentage all time (-.022, 24-26-89)
  • South Florida's Paula Araujo- Kills, opponents' match- 31 on 9/5

1997 Milestones
Lisa Hilgers surpassed 1,000 career digs vs. Oklahoma
Lisa Hilgers surpassed 4,000 career assists vs. Kansas State

Texas Tech in the National Rankings
(at various points in season)
Brande Brown among nation's top 20 in hitting percentage
Red Raiders among nation's top 20 in team hitting percentage
Red Raiders among nation's top 20 in winning percentage


1997 Honors by individual

Brande Brown
Co-Big 12 Player of the Week (for week of Sept. 15) with Baylor's Elisha Polk
MVP-Air Force Falcon Classic
MVP-Sheraton Shootout, Lubbock, Texas
MVP-Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic, Lubbock, Texas
All-tournament team, South Florida Tournament, Tampa, Fla.

Angela Cooper
All-tournament team, Sheraton Shootout, Lubbock, Texas
All-tournament team, South Florida Tournament, Tampa, Fla.

Lisa Hilgers
All-tournament team, Air Force Falcon Classic, Colorado Springs, Colo.
All-tournament team, Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic, Lubbock, Texas
All-tournament team, South Florida Tournament, Tampa, Fla.
All-tournament team, Sheraton Shootout, Lubbock, Texas

Cristine Martin
All-tournament team, Air Force Falcon Classic, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Courtney Putnam
All-tournament team, Four Points, Sheraton/Red Raider Classic, Lubbock, Texas
All-tournament team, Sheraton Shootout, Lubbock, Texas

Big XII Player of the Week
Brande Brown; co-Player of the Week; week of Sept. 15; (51-13-71, hit .535 on week.


Texas Tech's Career Highs

No. 2, Courtney Putnam
Kills: 32 vs. Oklahoma, 10/18/97
Attacks: 74 vs. Oklahoma, 10/18/97
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): .524 (13-2-21) vs. Southwestern Louisiana, 9/12/97
Assists: 3 vs. Oklahoma, 10/18/97
Aces: 1, three times
Digs: 16 vs. Iowa State 11/15/96
Solo Blocks: 2 vs. Louisiana Tech, 9/12/97
Assist Blocks: 5, four times
Total Blocks: 5, eight times

No. 3, Heather Hughes
Kills: 2 vs. Georgia Southern, 9/6/97
Attacks: 5 vs. Portland, 8/29/97
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): no matches over 10
Assists: 3 vs. UT-Chattanooga, 9/5/97
Aces: 5 vs. UT-Chattanooga, 9/5/97
Digs: 14 vs. Oklahoma, 10/18/97
Solo Blocks: Zero
Assist Blocks: Zero
Total Blocks: Zero

No. 4, Lisa Hilgers
Kills: 9 vs. Iowa State, 9/27/97
Attacks: 16, two times
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): .727 (9-1-11) vs. Iowa State, 9/27/97
Assists: 85 vs. Baylor, 11/28/96
Aces: 4, three times
Digs: 26 vs. South Carolina, 9/13/97
Solo Blocks: 2 vs. Baylor, 11/28/96
Assist Blocks: 4, two times
Total Blocks: 5 vs. Nevada-Reno, 10/13/95

No. 5, Kristen Holmes
Kills: 17 vs. Southwest Missouri State, 9/5/96
Attacks: 34 vs. South Carolina, 9/13/97
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): .700 (7-1-10) vs. New Mexico State, 9/6/97
Assists: 33 vs. Wichita State, 8/31/96
Aces: 2, two times
Digs: 20 vs. South Florida, 9/5/97
Solo Blocks: 3 vs. UNLV, 9/13/96
Assist Blocks: 5, three times
Total Blocks: 5, four times

No. 6, Heather Fife
Kills: 8 vs. Kansas, 11/1/97
Attacks: 13 vs. Kansas, 11/1/97
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): .538 (8-1-13) vs. Kansas 11/1/97
Assists: 2 vs. South Alabama, 9/6/96
Aces: 1 vs. South Alabama, 9/6/96
Digs: 8 vs. Kansas, 11/1/97
Solo Blocks: Zero
Assist Blocks: 1, six times
Total Blocks: 1, six times

No. 7, Brande Brown
Kills: 25 vs. Houston, 10-18-95
Attacks: 60 vs. South Florida, 9/5/97
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): 1.000 (10-0-10) vs. William & Mary, 9/20/97
Assists: 4 vs. Texas-San Antonio, 9/5/97
Aces: 5 at Missouri, 9/26/97
Digs: 18 vs. South Florida, 9/5/97
Solo Blocks: 5 vs. Pittsburgh, 9/24/95
Assist Blocks: 9 vs. Texas A&M, 11/8/96
Total Blocks: 10 vs. Texas A&M, 11/8/96

No. 8, Kim Breitbach
Kills: 1, four times
Attacks: 2, three times
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): Not available
Assists: 2 vs. Southwestern Louisiana, 9/12/97
Aces: 2, two times
Digs: 8 vs. Baylor, 9/27/95
Solo Blocks: Zero
Assist Blocks: 1 vs. Nevada-Reno, 10/13/95
Total Blocks: 1 vs. Nevada-Reno, 10/13/95

No. 9, Cristine Martin
Kills: 24 vs. Oklahoma, 10/18/97
Attacks: 66 vs. Texas A&M, 11/8/96
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): .750 (6-0-8) vs. Georgia, 9/10/93
Assists: 8 vs. Houston, 11/19/94
Aces: 5, two times
Digs: 29 vs. Oklahoma, 9/1/93
Solo Blocks: 2, five times
Assist Blocks: 6 vs. Baylor, 9/27/95
Total Blocks: 6, two times

No. 11, Pam Osterfeld
Kills: 3 vs. Georgia Southern, 9/6/97
Attacks: 6, two times
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): Not available
Assists: 2, two times
Aces: 2, four times
Digs: 9 vs. SMU, 8/30/97
Solo Blocks: 1, two times
Assist Blocks: 1, two times
Total Blocks: 1, four times

No. 12, Janelle Jones
Kills: 14, vs. South Carolina, 9/13/97
Attacks: 28 vs. South Carolina, 9/13/97
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): .464 (14-1-28) vs. South Carolina, 9/13/97
Assists: 1 at Kansas State, 10/11/97
Aces: 1 at South Florida, 9/5/97
Digs: 2 vs. South Carolina, 9/13/97
Solo Blocks: 2, three times
Assist Blocks: 4, two times
Total Blocks: 5 vs. William & Mary, 9/20/97

No. 13, Sonia Moric
Kills: 9 vs. Georgia Southern, 9/6/97
Attacks: 15 vs. UT-Chattanooga, 9/5/97
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): .571 (9-1-14) vs. Georgia Southern, 9/6/97
Assists: 1, four times
Aces: 1, three times
Digs: 2, two times
Solo Blocks: 1, nine times
Assist Blocks: 8 vs. Colorado, 10/24/97
Total Blocks: 9 vs. Colorado, 10/24/97

No. 15, Natalie Rives
Kills: 5 vs. Georgia Southern, 9/6/97
Attacks: 10 vs. Georgia Southern, 9/6/97
Hitting Percentage (10 or more): .400 (5-1-10) vs. Georgia Southern, 9/6/97
Assists: 4 at Baylor, 10/15/97
Aces: 2 vs. Georgia Southern, 9/6/97
Digs: 8 at Baylor, 10/15/97
Solo Blocks: Zero
Assist Blocks: 1, two times
Total Blocks: 1, two times

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