Year-By-Year in the NCAA Tournament
Year Round Opponent W//L Match Score 1996 1st Washington L 5-15, 6-15, 9-15 at Seattle, Wash. 1995 2nd Florida L 15-6, 15-13, 9-15, 5-15, 16-18 at Gainesville, Fla. 1995 1st Arkansas State W 15-2, 12-15, 10-15, 15-6, 15-11 at Lubbock, Texas 1992 1st LSU L 7-15, 8-15, 5-15 at Lubbock, Texas 1991 2nd LSU L 6-15, 7-15, 10-15 at Baton Rouge, La. 1991 1st Georgia W 15-5, 15-6, 15-4 at Lubbock, Texas 1990 2nd LSU L 11-15, 12-15, 5-15 at Austin, Texas 1990 1st UT-Arlington W 16-14, 15-4, 16-14 at Arlington, Texas Texas Tech NCAA Tournament Record: 3-5 overall NCAA Record in Lubbock: 2-1 NCAA Record in road games: 1-4
In a rematch of an early season matchup which saw Texas Tech defeat Arkansas State in three of four games, the Red Raiders needed to go the distance to defeat the visiting Lady Indians in first round NCAA Tournament action.
It looked like Sun Belt Conference Champion Arkansas State would be in for a long night as Texas Tech dominated the first game 15-2. But the Lady Indians gave Tech a scare as they came back to win the next two games.
Coach Jeff Nelson's squad regrouped to win the fourth and decisive fifth games in convincing fashion, 15-6 and 15-11 to claim the victory. Diane Owens led Texas Tech with 28 total kills.
The win vaulted Tech into a second round matchup against No. 4 Florida in Gainesville, Fla. It was only the second year in Texas Tech volleyball history that the Raiders advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
1995 SECOND ROUND vs. Florida at Gainesville, Fla. Texas Tech 15 15 9 5 16 Att: 660 Florida 6 13 15 15 18
Texas Tech jumped out to a quick start as the Red Raiders silenced the No. 4 Florida (33-1) home crowd with two significant victories in the first two games. But the Gators, playing in their undersized practice floor, prevailed over the final three games to earn a trip to the NCAA's third round.
Diane Owens scored on four aces and served eight straight Tech points including an ace on the 15th point to give TTU a victory in the first game. Tech rallied from behind to notch a victory in the second game to go up 2-0. And the Raiders even led 6-1 in the third game, but heavily favored Florida stormed back behind a loud home crowd. The game was won on a decisive final kill that was called in by the officials. Owens and Lacy Nye led Tech with 14 kills each.
"That was the best volleyball match I have ever seen," Tech coach Jeff Nelson said afterward. "I couldn't be more proud of the team and the way they played."
1996 FIRST ROUND vs. Washington at Seattle, Wash. Texas Tech 5 6 9 Att: 839 Washington 15 15 15
No. 18 Washington needed only 16 minutes to defeat No. 24 Texas Tech 15-5 in the first game as the Huskies used size and home court advantage to key a first round victory. Texas Tech could not recover after the first game as the Huskies swept Tech in three games.
"Washington threw us off early," Tech coach Jeff Nelson said. "We just did not compete, we didn't get the ball where we needed it to be and that's unusual."
Washington (23-7) scored 10 unanswered points to claim the victory as it outblocked the Raiders 15-5. As a team, Tech hit .065, while Washington finished at .344. Lacy Nye led Tech with 10 kills, while Jill Burness registered nine.