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Nov. 25, 1997

Texas Tech's Brown Named Big 12 Volleyball Player of The Week

Brown earns honor after breaking Texas Tech's school record for career kills

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior middle blocker Brande Brown was selected as the volleyball Big 12 Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 23, 1997, it was announced from the Big 12 headquarters in Dallas.

Brown became the school leader in career kills Friday against Nebraska. She surpassed Lisa Clark's previous record of 1,039 career kills and now has 1,056 going into Texas Tech's two final matches against Baylor on Wednesday and at Oklahoma on Friday.

Over eight games, Brown finished the weekend with a .262 hitting percentage (32-10-84) along with 36 digs and four blocks. In a close 3-2 loss to Nebraska, Brown pounded out 23 kills, finished with a .333 attack percentage and added a career-high 23 digs to lead both teams for the match. The 5-foot-10 senior from Fort Worth, Texas, also added nine kills and 13 digs against Colorado, averaging 4.0 kills and 4.5 digs per game over the weekend.

"It's a good honor for Brande," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson said. "She has had a great season and it's good to be recognized for that honor especially because it came against two of the top teams in the nation."

Texas Tech enters its final two matches at home against Baylor on Wednesday and on the road at Oklahoma on Friday with a 9-9 Big 12 and 22-10 overall record. The Red Raiders are seeking their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

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