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Nov. 10, 1997

Texas Tech Women's Volleyball Weekly Release

Upcoming Weekly Schedule
Nov. 11: Texas Tech at Nebraska; Nov. 12: Texas at Texas A&M; Nov. 14: Iowa State at Texas Tech, Kansas at Colorado, Kansas State at Nebraska, Missouri at Baylor; Nov. 15: Missouri at Texas Tech, Iowa State at Baylor, Kansas at Nebraska, Kansas State at Colorado, Texas at Oklahoma.

Texas Tech (7-6 Big 12, 20-7 overall) split both road matches last weekend with a 3-2 victory at No. 14 Texas A&M and a 3-0 loss at No. 9 Texas. Texas Tech became the first Big 12 Conference team to reach the 20-win plateau for the second consecutive season with its 3-2 upset victory at Texas A&M. The Red Raiders will enter the new week with three scheduled matches. Tech will play at Nebraska on Tuesday (Nov. 11) in a rescheduled matchup at 7:30 p.m. The team will leave for Lincoln on a charter early Tuesday morning and arrive back in Lubbock after the match. Nebraska, ranked No. 13 in last week's AVCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll is 9-4 in Big 12 play and 18-6 overall. The Cornhuskers are currently riding a three-match winning streak. Last year, Texas Tech spoiled Nebraska's undefeated season with a thrilling 3-2 victory in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Tech will then play Nebraska at home on Nov. 21 (7 p.m.) in a match televised by Fox Sports Net. Head coach Jeff Nelson, a former Nebraska assistant coach, is 1-1 in matches vs. Nebraska. Tech will return home to play Iowa State on Friday (Nov. 14) and Missouri on Saturday (Nov. 15). The two matches signal the start of a five-match home stretch as Tech will play five of its final six matches at home. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The Missouri match will be broadcast live by KKAM (1340) Radio starting at 7 p.m. Iowa State (0-14 Big 12, 9-18) enters the match with a 16-match losing streak. Tech defeated Iowa State 3-0 (15-4, 15-7, 15-8) in Ames on Sept. 27 earlier in the season. Nelson (4-0) has never lost to Iowa State. Missouri (2-10 Big 12, 13-15) enters the weekend on a five-match losing streak. Tech defeated Missouri 3-0 (15-7, 15-7, 15-3) in Columbia on Sept. 26 earlier in the season. Missouri has defeated Big 12 opponents Kansas and Iowa State. Nelson is 5-0 in matches vs. Missouri.

Brande Brown
Brande Brown

Weekend Recap
Red Raiders upset No. 14 Texas A&M, Tech first Big 12 team to 20-win plateau for second straight year Texas Tech became the Big 12 Conference's first team to reach the 20-win plateau for the second consecutive year Friday with a gritty 15-3, 11-15, 9-15, 15-12, 15-12 upset at No. 14 Texas A&M in a 2 hour and 40 minute match in College Station, Texas before 1,384 fans. Tech's victory broke Texas A&M's 43-match home winning streak against unranked opponents. The win also was Tech's second over a nationally ranked team on the season and Tech head coach Jeff Nelson's first victory against the Aggies in his career. Nelson is now 1-6 vs. Texas A&M in his three years at Texas Tech. Texas Tech grabbed an 8-0 lead and finished off a huge 15-3 win in game one to take a 1-0 lead. But Texas A&M stunned Tech and rallied for two consecutive wins in games two (15-11) and three (15-9) to take a commanding 2-1 lead. Tech tied up the match and gained momentum with a 15-12 victory in the third game after jumping out to an early10-5 lead and withstanding an Aggie comeback to tie at 11-11. But Tech scored the final four points for the victory. The fifth game saw Tech score five of the last seven points after an 10-10 tie to win 15-12 and capture its second victory against a nationally ranked team on the season. Tech outhit Texas A&M .209 (72-29-206)-.193 (80-36-228) and outblocked the Aggies 11-7. Texas A&M had 21 service errors. Sophomore Courtney Putnam and senior middle blocker Brande Brown each led Tech with 18 kills apeice. Brown hit .382 (18-5-34) on the evening and contributed 15 digs and four blocks. Junior middle blocker Sonia Moric notched career highs in kills (10) and attacks (18) for a .500 hitting percentage in a key performance off the bench. She also contributed seven block assists. Setter Lisa Hilgers added 59 assists. Six Red Raiders finished with double figures in digs including Hilgers' 19, Brown and Martin's 15, junior outside hitter Natalie Rives' and junior outside hitter Kristen Holmes' 12 and freshman Heather Hughes' 10. Texas Tech now 2-1 in matches lasting five games. Texas A&M was led by Kristie Smedsrud's 30 kills and Stacy Sykora's 22 kills.

Red Raiders drop 3-0 loss to No. 9 and Big 12 leader Texas
Following Tech's 3-2 upset victory over No. 14 Texas A&M, the Red Raiders ran out of gas at Texas as the Big 12 Conference leader Longhorns handed Texas Tech its first three-game loss of the season with a 15-4, 15-7, 15-5 setback in Austin before 1,694 fans. No. 9 Texas (14-0, 20-3) blitzed Tech with .369 hitting (54-13-111) and registered 12 blocks in the 3-game match. The Longhorns held the Red Raiders to .090 hitting (35-25-111) and only 29 team assists, a season low. Texas Tech (7-6 Big 12, 20-7) received an outstanding performance from senior middle blocker Brande Brown who registered 12 kills in 25 attempts for a .320 percentage. Junior setter Lisa Hilgers contributed 28 assists and 10 digs.

BIG 12 CONFERENCE STANDINGS
                Big 12       Overall
Team            W-L     Pct. W-L     Pct.
Texas           14-0  1.000  20-3   .869
Texas A&M       10-4   .714  18-6   .750
Colorado        10-3   .769  14-7   .667
Kansas State     9-5   .643  18-8   .692
Nebraska         9-4   .692  18-6   .750
Oklahoma         8-5   .615 14-10   .583
Texas Tech       7-6   .538  20-7   .741
Baylor           4-9   .308 14-13   .519
Missouri        2-12   .143 13-15   .464
Kansas          1-12   .077  8-18   .308
Iowa State      0-14   .000  9-18   .333
Record: 20-7    H: 7-5  A: 8-2  N: 5-0
Big 12: 7-6     H: 1-4  A: 6-2
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 (20)    W- 7-15, 15-6, 15-10, 15-13
10/25   at Nebraska (11)    PPD-Weather
10/31   KANSAS STATE    L- 5-15, 15-5, 15-7, 16-14
11/1    KANSAS  W- 15-6, 15-13, 15-4
11/7    at Texas A&M (14)   W- 15-3, 11-15, 9-15, 15-12, 15-12
11/8    at Texas (8)    L- 15-4, 15-7, 15-5
11/11   at Nebraska (13)    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.
Team Notes
  • With its 3-2 victory at No. 14 Texas A&M, Texas Tech became the first team in the Big 12 Conference to reach 20 victories on the season for the second consecutive season.
  • Texas Tech snapped Texas A&M's 43-match home winning streak against unranked opponents with its 3-2 victory.
  • With the 3-2 Texas A&M victory, Texas Tech won its second match against a top-25 nationally ranked opponent this season. The other victory was a 3-1 win at No. 20 Colorado on Oct. 24 in Boulder. The Red Raiders are 2-3 against nationally ranked opponents this year (lost to Texas twice and Texas A&M).
  • Texas Tech's 3-0 loss at Texas marked the first time this season that Tech has been swept. The last time Tech was swept 3-0 was in the NCAA Tournament against Washington (15-5, 15-6, 15-9). Tech is now 15-1 in matches spanning three games.
  • 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 has defeated Texas A&M and Colorado for the first time in his career. Nelson is 1-6 against the Aggies.
  • Texas Tech is 19-0 in matches after winning the second game.
  • 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 66-28 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 20 match victories (75 percent).

TEXAS TECH RECORD WATCHING

Martin needs 11 attacks to break TTU career attempts record
Senior Cristine Martin needs only 11 attack attempts to break the school's record for career attack attempts. The outside hitter should break the record at Nebraska on Tuesday. She will surpass Sabrina Zenon's 2,969 attacks from 1988-91. Martin has 2,959 total attacks as of Sunday.

Brown, Martin approaching career kills record
Brande Brown and Cristine Martin are both nearing Brown has 990 career kills and is in fourth place on the list while Martin has 967 and is in fifth place. The two are chasing Lisa Clark's 1,039 career kills from 1987-90.

Martin chasing career games played record
Martin is also in the hunt for the school record for games played. She currently has 419 career games played and needs only 31 more games played to break the record. She is chasing Courtney Thames' record of 449 games played.

Starting Lineups
Following is the starting lineup totals for the Red Raiders: Heather Hughes 27, Lisa Hilgers 27, Brande Brown 26, Courtney Putnam 24, Kristen Holmes 19, Angela Cooper 18, Cristine Martin 17, 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.

Courtney Putnam
Courtney Putnam had 18 kills vs. Texas A&M. (file photo)

Player Notes

No. 2, Courtney Putnam
1997: has started in 24 matches as a sophomore ... finished with 18 kills at Texas A&M ... 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 27 matches as a freshman ... finished with 10 digs at Texas A&M ... 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: had 19 digs and 59 assists at Texas A&M ... 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: registered 13 digs at Texas A&M ... 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 outstanding weekend at Texas A&M and Texas with .356 hitting percentage (30-9-59) along with five blocks and 21 digs ... had 18 kills in 34 attemps (.382 pct.) along with four blocks and 15 digs at Texas A&M ... had 12 kills in 25 attempts (.320) and six digs at Texas ... 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 52 games including two 6-dig performances at South Florida and vs. Louisiana Tech.

No. 9, Cristine Martin
1997: totaled 10 kills, 15 digs and five blocks at Texas A&M ... 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: hit .400 (5-1-10) at Texas ... totaled career highs in kills (10) and attacks (18) and hit .500 and had 7 blocks at Texas A&M .... 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: totaled career-highs in kills (5), attacks (15) and digs (12) at Texas A&M ... 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, at Texas 11/8; 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 three times vs. Georgia Southern and SW Louisiana, at Texas 11/8

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: .369 (54-13-111) at Texas 11/8; Opponent worst: -.048 (14-17-63) vs. William & Mary 9/20

Assists: Most: 84 vs. Oklahoma 10/18; Least: 29 at Texas 11/8; 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: 13 at Texas A&M, 11/7; 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, at Texas 11/8; Opponent most: 22 vs. Texas 10/3; Opponent least: 1.5 vs. Louisiana Tech 9/12

Cristine Martin
Cristine Martin will be eligible to play for the Red Raiders. (file photo)
News and Notes
  • 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 kept in shape by practicing with the team until the decision was finalized by the NCAA.
  • Senior "Downtown" 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.
  • 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 expected sophomore Courtney Putnam to contribute in a big way this year with the loss of Jill Burness as the team's top attacker. That assessment has been correct as Putnam has been on fire as of late. 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. Already this season, Putnam has proved to be one of the Red Raiders' most valuable players as she concluded a stretch that included 3 matches over 20 kills and 3 hitting over .300. She also broke the single match records for kills (32) and attacks (74) vs. Oklahoma.
  • The Red Raiders were stranded in Boulder, Colo. after the Great October Blizzard hit that weekend. Tech defeated No. 20 Colorado and its Nebraska match the next day was cancelled. The airport was closed and the roads running south and east were also closed, so the Red Raiders were trapped in Boulder. The Tech team watched movies, went sledding and killed time over the weekend which ended in a 12-hour bus ride back to Lubbock. The Red Raiders arrived at 5 a.m. in Lubbock after waiting a full day for I-25 to open. Tech's USA National match was cancelled on Monday because of airport delays.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Texas Tech (7-6 Big 12, 20-7 overall) split both road matches last weekend with a 3-2 victory at No. 14 Texas A&M and a 3-0 loss at No. 9 Texas. Texas Tech became the first Big 12 Conference team to reach the 20-win plateau for the second consecutive season with its 3-2 upset victory at Texas A&M. The Red Raiders will enter the new week with three scheduled matches. Tech will play at Nebraska on Tuesday (Nov. 11) in a rescheduled matchup at 7:30 p.m. The team will leave for Lincoln on a charter early Tuesday morning and arrive back in Lubbock after the match. Nebraska, ranked No. 13 in last week's AVCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll is 9-4 in Big 12 play and 18-6 overall. The Cornhuskers are currently riding a three-match winning streak. Last year, Texas Tech spoiled Nebraska's undefeated season with a thrilling 3-2 victory in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Tech will then play Nebraska at home on Nov. 21 (7 p.m.) in a match televised by Fox Sports Net. Head coach Jeff Nelson, a former Nebraska assistant coach, is 1-1 in matches vs. Nebraska. Tech will return home to play Iowa State on Friday (Nov. 14) and Missouri on Saturday (Nov. 15). The two matches signal the start of a five-match home stretch as Tech will play five of its final six matches at home. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The Missouri match will be broadcast live by KKAM (1340) Radio starting at 7 p.m. Iowa State (0-14 Big 12, 9-18) enters the match with a 16-match losing streak. Tech defeated Iowa State 3-0 (15-4, 15-7, 15-8) in Ames on Sept. 27 earlier in the season. Nelson (4-0) has never lost to Iowa State. Missouri (2-10 Big 12, 13-15) enters the weekend on a five-match losing streak. Tech defeated Missouri 3-0 (15-7, 15-7, 15-3) in Columbia on Sept. 26 earlier in the season. Missouri has defeated Big 12 opponents Kansas and Iowa State. Nelson is 5-0 in matches vs. Missouri.

1997 Texas Tech Team Accomplishments
  • First team to reach 20-win plateau in the Big 12 Conference for the second consecutive season.
  • 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 and 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 incluidng two matches on national television- Fox Sports Net)
  • Defeated two nationally ranked opponents, No. 14 Texas A&M, 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
4   Nov. 4  7th
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
10  11/4     4      32
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.

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: 10 at Texas A&M, 11/7
Attacks: 18 at Texas A&M, 11/7
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; at Texas A&M, 11/7
Attacks: 15 at Texas A&M, 11/7
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: 12 at Texas A&M, 11/7
Solo Blocks: Zero
Assist Blocks: 1, two times
Total Blocks: 1, two times

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 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, Time    Media   Broadcast Time
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

USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll 
Poll No. 10- Nov. 4, 1997 (poll is released on Tuesdays)
Rnk School                  Points  Record  Prev.
1.  Long Beach State (40)   1449    20-1     2
2.  Penn State (8)          1382    22-1     1
3.  Stanford (11)           1351    22-2     4
4.  Florida                 1350    23-1     3
5.  Wisconsin (1)           1194    20-2     7
6.  U.C.-Santa Barbara      1191    22-2     6
7.  Southern Cal            1095    17-4     7
8.  Texas                   1027    18-3     9
9.  BYU                     1024    20-5     5
10. Washington State         953    21-4    10
11. Pepperdine               868    19-2    12
12. Arizona                  793    16-4    13
13. Nebraska                 702    16-6    11
14. Texas A&M                651    17-5    15
15. Hawai'i                  637    18-5    14
16. Maryland                 576    21-0    16
17. Colorado State           565    21-3    19
18. Pacific                  473    16-6    17
19. Washington               442    14-8    18
20. Loyola Marymount         333    17-5    20
21. San Diego                328    20-2    21
22. Colorado                 309    12-7    23
23. Arkansas                 189    20-5    22
24. Michigan State            90    18-7    25
25. UCLA                      84    10-10   24
Others receiving points:  South Carolina (29), Ohio State (20), 
Michigan (13), Kansas State (10), Eastern Washington (8), 
Central Florida (7), Clemson (4), TEXAS TECH (4), Florida State (2), 
Houston (2), Northern Illinois (2), Notre Dame (2), South Florida (2), 
Ball State (1), Fresno State (1), Minnesota (1), Sacramento State (1).
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 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.

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