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Nov. 10, 1997

Texas Tech Women's Volleyball Weekly Release

Quoting Texas Tech head volleyball coach Jeff Nelson

Monday Press Conference

Opening Comments

"As you know, we had three matches last week. Nebraska on Tuesday night and Iowa State and Missouri on the weekend. It was a tough road trip up to Nebraska but we did some things well. We had to play without Courtney Putnam- she's out with a knee injury. We needed a little more time to adjust. This weekend we made the adjustments and did some good things. Natalie Rives went in and put up some good numbers for us and we moved Kristen Holmes over to Courtney Putnam's position. It worked well. We seemed in control of the matches and did a good job making the adjustments. Some good things happened both Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Brande Brown eclipsed the 1,000 career kill mark and is making her mark to be the all-time hitter at Texas Tech. And Cristine Martin also eclipsed the 1,000 career kill mark and is right on her tail. That's kind of fun right now. It's fun, friendly competition for them and something I always think is great for the program when we're setting new marks and doing some things. Lisa Hilgers also played outstanding hitting .400 and .500 in our two matches on Friday and Saturday and running the offense. She's been solid all year and has hit her stride the last few weeks. I'm excited to see how she ends up the season. We have Nebraska at home on Friday night. It's a TV game on Fox and I think it's shaping up to be an exciting one. We're ready and prepared for a match like that. Anyone that was at last year's match here knows it was very exciting and knows that. Then, Saturday night, we have Colorado. We beat Colorado the first time around but they've got an eight-match winning streak so they're certainly hot right now. We'll have to make some adjustments to get them again. It's important for our NCAA chances that we get a win this weekend and I think the players realize that and we're real excited about the opportunity."

On if the team has locked up an at-large NCAA bid: "If we just went on power rankings, I think our conference would probably get seven for the first time ever in volleyball, but I don't think politically, that's going to be the move of the NCAA committee. I think if you're in the top five, it's a sure thing. If you're in the top six, you're on the bubble. Right now, we're tied for fifth so I think we've got to do everything we can to put ourselves in the drivers' seat."

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