Nov. 26, 1997
Texas Tech Closes Out Regular Season at Oklahoma
Texas Tech (10-9 Big 12, 23-10 overall) enters its final
contest at Oklahoma after defeating Baylor 3-0 and losing two
matches to two nationally ranked Big 12 opponents- No. 11
Nebraska (Friday) and No. 22 Colorado (Saturday).
Texas Tech, currently sixth in the Big 12 at 10-9, is playing
for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. Tech is ranked No. 7 in
District 5 behind Oklahoma (No. 5) and Kansas State (No. 6).
The Red Raiders lost two matches to Kansas State and one to
Oklahoma but have victories against ranked opponents Colorado
and Texas A&M. In addition, the Red Raiders have already
defeated automatic bids South Florida, Hofstra and
Tennessee-Chattanooga who all won their conference titles and
will be automatic bids into the tournament.
Last year, the selection committee selected six Big 12 schools
in District 5, therefore Texas Tech is on the bubble. Will the
NCAA selection committee take seven Big 12 schools? That
question remains to be answered.
A special section in this release has been dedicated to
upcoming NCAA information. Please read that.
Oklahoma (11-7 Big 12, 17-12) is ranked No. 5 in the District 5
rankings and is in fifth place in the conference. The Raiders
were defeated by the Sooners 3-2 at Coronado High School
earlier in the season.
Texas Tech Volleyball Defeats Baylor 3-0
- Hilgers breaks Tech season digs record
- Red Raider seniors Cristine Martin and Brande Brown finish off last home match
The Texas Tech volleyball team earned its 23rd win of the
season with a 15-2, 15-5, 15-13 victory Wednesday against
Baylor at Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum. Texas Tech improves to
10-9 in Big 12 play and 23-10 overall while Baylor falls to
5-14 in Big 12 play and 15-18 overall.
Texas Tech setter Lisa Hilgers broke the Texas Tech record for
season digs as the junior surpassed the previous school digs
record for a season of 421 by Sheila Solomon in 1989. Hilgers
finished with 12 digs on the evening and now has 423 for the
season. Hilgers also contributed 26 assists on the evening.
Senior middle blocker Brande Brown, in her final home match at
Texas Tech, finished with a match-high nine kills in 17
attempts for a .412 percentage. She also added five blocks.
Senior Cristine Martin, also in her final match at Tech,
contributed seven digs and four kills. Junior outside hitter
Kristen Holmes added 11 digs.
The match also marked the return of sophomore outside hitter
Courtney Putnam to the Red Raiders. Putnam, who had been
sidelined with a knee injury for the previous five matches,
returned against Baylor to register two kills in nine attempts
along with two blocks over two games.
Senior day to honors Brown, Martin
Texas Tech honored
seniors Brande Brown and Cristine Martin Wednesday before the
match against Baylor. Brown and Martin are two players who
have made their mark at Texas Tech both on and off the
volleyball court. Both are outstanding students and both have
had outstanding careers at Texas Tech.
Brown, from Fort Worth, Texas, made the decision over the
summer to come back and compete for Tech and use her final year
of eligibility. She could have just graduated and moved on,
but decided to play a final season.
Martin's battle with the NCAA to gain a fifth year of
eligibility was much publicized. After playing only eight
matches during her freshman year, Martin was sidelined with a
knee injury and was forced to have arthroscopic surgery. She
battled back, but reinjured the knee and had to go through a
second surgery. Since she only played in eight matches, Martin
and Texas Tech Finally, in September, Martin was cleared to
play. Wednesday will mark both players' final matches in
Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum.
Brown Breaks Career Kills Record
Senior middle blocker Brande Brown broke the Texas Tech career
kills record Friday with her performance against Nebraska.
Brown broke Lisa Clark's five-year hold on the record of 1,039
career kills compiled from 1987 to 1990. Brown now has 1,056
career kills and still has two matches remaining. (See record
breaking section later in this release for more updates on
No. 22 Colorado hands Texas Tech second loss in rowRed Raiders are swept for third time this season, drop to 22-10 overall
No. 22 Colorado handed the Texas Tech volleyball team a 15-12,
15-3, 15-7 loss Saturday night at Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum.
Texas Tech drops to 9-9 in Big 12 play and 22-10 overall while
Colorado improves to 15-3 in Big 12 play and 19-7 overall.
Texas Tech, playing without sophomore outside hitter Courtney
Putnam who was injured with a knee injury, was led by Brande
Brown who finished with 11 kills and 13 digs. Junior setter
Lisa Hilgers contributed 32 assists and 12 digs, senior outside
hitter Cristine Martin finished with 11 digs, freshman outside
hitter Pam Osterfeld added a career-high 10 digs and junior
middle blocker Sonia Moric banged home eight kills along with
Colorado placed four players in double digit kills. Alison
Koepke led the way with a triple-double (10 kills, 14 digs and
10 blocks), Courtney Owens finished with 10 kills and 12 digs,
Melissa Schutz had 11 kills and hit .500 and Sarah Lodge
finished with 10 kills.
The defeat was Tech's third 3-0 loss of the season. Although
Tech outdug Colorado 76-58, the Buffaloes outhit the Raiders
.246 (48-14-138) to .099 (44-29-152). Colorado also notched 13
blocks to Tech's five.
No. 11 Nebraska defeats Texas Tech volleyball 3-2 Tech senior Brande Brown breaks school career kills record
No. 11 Nebraska defeated Texas Tech's volleyball team 8-15,
13-15, 15-10, 15-6, 15-10 Friday at Lubbock's Municipal
Coliseum. Texas Tech falls to 9-8 in the Big 12 and 22-9
overall while No. 11 ranked Nebraska improves to 13-4 in Big 12
play and 22-6 overall.
Texas Tech senior Brande Brown broke the all-time school record
for career kills on the evening. Brown surpassed the previous
school record set by Lisa Clark of 1,039 from 1987-90 finished
with a match-high 21 kills. She finished with a .333 hitting
percentage (21-6-45), a career-high 23 digs and three blocks.
She now has 1,045 kills in her career.
Texas Tech charged out to a 2-0 lead. The Red Raiders hit .404
(27-4-57) to capture the first game 15-8. Tech rallied from a
12-10 deficit to take a commanding 2-0 lead with a 15-13
victory in game two. Nebraska came back to register the final
three games to win the match 3-2.
Nebraska held Texas Tech to .147 hitting (73-39-232) as the
Cornhuskers finished with .218 (75-27-220). Tech outdug
Nebraska 120-116 but the Cornhuskers outblocked the Raiders 20
Tech's Brown finished with a match-high 21 kills. Tech junior
setter Lisa Hilgers led the way on defense with a career-high
32 kills along with 60 assists. Senior outside hitter Cristine
Martin tallied 15 kills and 19 digs, junior outside hitter
Kristen Holmes finished with 12 kills and nine digs, junior
outside hitter Natalie Rives contributed 10 kills and a
career-high 19 digs and freshman Heather Hughes ended up with
- Brande Brown broke the Texas Tech career kills record Friday night vs. Nebraska. She surpassed Lisa Clarks' 1,039 kills from 1987-90. Brown now has 1,056 for her career.
- 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 2-4 against nationally ranked opponents this year (lost to Texas twice, Nebraska and Texas A&M).
- Texas Tech is now 17-3 in three-game matches after defeating Baylor on Wednesday.
- Texas Tech is 21-1 in matches after winning the second game. The one loss came to Nebraska at home after the Raiders won game two 15-13. Tech lost the last three games in a row.
- 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 68-31 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.
- Texas Tech has needed only three games to win 17 of its 23 match victories (739 percent).
TEXAS TECH RECORD WATCHING
Brown needs 15 kills to break season kills record
Senior middle blocker Brande Brown needs 15 kills to break Jill
Burness' single season kills record of 427 kills set last year
in 1996. Brown currently has 413 kills and needs 14 to tie and
15 to break the record.
Hilgers breaks season digs record
Junior setter Lisa Hilgers broke the single season digs record
of 421 set by Sheila Solomon in 1989. She needed only 11 digs
to break the record but ended up with 12 against Baylor.
Following the Baylor match, Hilgers had 423 digs.
Jones could break class leader records for blocks
Freshman Janelle Jones needs five solo blocks, six assist
blocks and six total blocks to set records for each class
category as a freshman.
Following is the starting lineup totals for the Red Raiders:
Heather Hughes 33, Lisa Hilgers 33, Brande Brown 32, Courtney
Putnam 24, Kristen Holmes 24, Cristine Martin 21, Angela Cooper
18, Natalie Rives 5, Sonia Moric 2, Janelle Jones 1, Heather
Fife 1, Kim Breitbach 1.
No. 2, Courtney Putnam
1997: came back from knee injury vs. Baylor and added two kills and two digs ... named All-Big 12 Academic Honorable Mention ... was sidelined for five matches with knee injury ... 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 33 matches as a freshman ... finished with 11 digs vs. Nebraska ... registered 10 digs vs. Missouri ... finished with career-high 8 kills and 20 attacks and had nine digs vs. Iowa State ... registered match-high 12 digs at Nebraska ... 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: broke single season digs record and finished with 12 digs and 23 assists vs. Baylor ... named All-Big 12 Academic Honorable Mention ... finished with a career-high 32 digs and 60 assists vs. Nebraska ... had 32 assists and 12 digs vs. Colorado ... hit .462 (12-0-26) and has totaled 127 assists (12.7 avg.) and 46 digs (4.6 avg.) over last three matches ... finished with 429 hitting pct. (500), 38 assists and 13 digs vs. Missouri ... totaled .500 hitting pct. (5-10-10), 55 assists and 23 digs vs. Iowa State ... hit .444 (4-1-9) and had 10 digs at Nebraska ... 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 11 digs vs. Baylor ... finished with 12 kills and nine digs vs. Nebraska ... totaled 10 digs and 8 kills vs. Missouri ... finished with eight kills at Nebraska ... 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 with .412 (9-2-17) hitting pct. and five blocks vs. Baylor ... named All-Big 12 Academic First Team ... was named Big 12 Player of the Week for week of Nov. 17 after matches vs. Colorado and Nebraska ... had 11 kills and 13 digs vs. Colorado ... broke Texas Tech previous career kills record set by Lisa Clark (1987-90) of 1,039 and hit .333 (21-6-45) and finished with a career-high 23 digs vs. Nebraska ... hit .407 (14-3-27) and finished with nine digs and four blocks vs. Missouri ... hit .394 (16-3-33) and registered five blocks vs. Iowa State ... 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: started match vs. Iowa State ... 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: selected All-Big 12 Academic Honorable Mention ... ended match with 11 digs vs. Colorado ... registered 15 kills and 19 digs vs. Nebraska ... finished with eight kills (8-2-21) and 11 digs and surpassed 1,000-career kills vs. Missouri ... totaled 14 kills (14-5-36) and 10 digs vs. Iowa State ... finished with match-high 18 kills and .238 percentage (18-8-42), six digs broke career attacks record and went over 3,000 career attacks at Nebraska ... broke Texas Tech career digs record ... 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 defensive and serving support off the bench as a redshirt freshman ... hit .429 (4-1-7) and added a career-high 10 digs vs. Colorado ... 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: named All-Big 12 Academic First Team selection ... hit .364 (5-1-11) vs. Nebraska ... 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: came off bench to hit a career-high .579 (12-1-19) and add five blocks (two solo) in victory vs. Iowa State ... 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: named All-Big 12 Academic First Team ... started against both Nebraska and Colorado and had 10 kills in a career-high 31 attempts and a career-high 19 digs vs. Nebraska ... started second match of season and finished with career-high 10 kills and 21 attempts (hit .333) along with 11 digs vs. Missouri ... finished with nine digs in first career start at Nebraska ... 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: 39 vs. Nebraska, 11/21/97; 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, vs. Baylor 11/26; Opponent most: 92 vs. Oklahoma 10/18; Opponent least: 13 vs. William & Mary 9/20
Digs: Most: 120 vs. Nebraska, 11/21/97; 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: 1 vs. Colorado 11/22/97; 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 nine 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