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Nov. 20, 1997

Texas Tech Volleyball Hosts No. 11 Nebraska and No. 22 Colorado

Red Raiders host Nebraska on national television, Colorado match offers reduced admission

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech volleyball team will host two nationally ranked Big 12 Conference programs this weekend in No. 11 Nebraska (12-4 Big 12, 21-6) and No. 22 Colorado (13-3 Big 12, 17-7) at Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum. Fox Sports Net will televise Friday's 7 p.m. Nebraska match on tape delay. The match will be aired on Sunday at noon and on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

The Colorado match, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum, will be broadcasted live by Lubbock's KKAM (1340-AM) radio station with Ron Newsome and Erica Ruegg calling the action. Adults with their football ticket stubs (Oklahama at Texas Tech) receive $2.00 off general admission for Saturday's Colorado match while Texas Tech students who present their football ticket stubs receive free admission. Admission is normally $5.00.

Texas Tech (22-8 overall) enters the weekend in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 9-7 record. Kansas State (18-10) and Oklahoma (15-12) are the two other 9-7 schools. The three teams are behind Texas (15-1 Big 12, 21-4), Colorado, Nebraska and Texas A&M (12-4 Big 12, 20-6).

Texas Tech was swept by Nebraska 3-0 in the schools' first meeting this season but the Red Raiders have proved to be a thorn in the Cornhuskers' side as they upset undefeated Nebraska last year 3-2 in the Coliseum. The Red Raiders defeated then No. 20 Colorado 3-1 in Boulder earlier this season.

"The Nebraska match is shaping up to be an exciting one," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson said. "We're ready and prepared for a match like that. Anyone that was at last year's match here knows it was very exciting. Colorado is a team we beat the first time around, but they've got a seven match winning streak, so they're certainly hot right now. It's important for our NCAA chances that we get a win this weekend and I think the players realize that."

Texas Tech senior middle blocker Brande Brown needs just 16 kills to break the school career kills record of 1,039 set by Lisa Clark from 1987-90. Brown currently has 1,024 career kills. Senior outside hitter Cristine Martin is right behind Brown with 1,007 career kills. She needs 33 kills to break the record.

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