|3 Heather Hughes
“Heather started for two years outside and is coming off a redshirt year last year. She’s been an outstanding player for us and broke the sophomore service aces record for us last year. I thought she had an outstanding freshman season, a great sophomore year and did everything we asked of her. She has an awesome serve and she’s a great passer and defensive player. She’s extremely experienced and started playing in the sixth or seventh grade. She’s always been in successful situations and she’s geared to what we want and the expectations we have.”
Sophomore backrow player who has emerged offensively with the losses of several outside hitters ... led Big 12 Conference in service aces per game at 0.39 (43 aces) … also nationally ranked in service aces at season’s end … broke sophomore service aces record with 43 service aces … has started and played in every match in her collegiate career ... went over 10+ kills three times and over 10+ digs 12 times ... hit a career-high .308 (6-2-13) at Oklahoma ... finished with eight kills, five blocks and 16 digs vs. Kansas State ... had 18 digs vs. Baylor ... had eight kills and 15 digs at Colorado ... broke Texas Tech sophomore season service ace record vs. Kansas ... registered nine digs and seven kills vs. Oklahoma ... finished with 17 digs at Texas A&M ... registered 16 digs, four aces with three blocks vs. Missouri ... finished with career high 14 kills (.273 percentage) vs. Iowa State ... had eight kills and nine digs at Kansas State ... finished with 13 kills (.286 percentage) and 22 digs at Baylor ... had six kills and 14 digs at Missouri ... finished with 11 kills (.280 percentage) and 13 kills at SMU ... had 12 digs vs. Texas ... finished with 13 digs vs. Northern Illinois ... finished with 11 digs vs. UC-Santa Barbara ... registered 10 digs in opener at William & Mary.
Started all 34 matches as a freshman ... earned Service Ace Award at team banquet for leading Red Raiders in service aces ... 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 invite, the Sheraton Shootout.
A 1997 graduate of Xavier College Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz. where she played volleyball for head coach Dawn Meidlinger ... named 5A Arizona State Player of the Year in 1996 ... named to All-State and All-Conference teams ... selected All-America by the National High School Association ... led Xavier Prep to a 24-5 record, district title, regional championship along with the 1996 Arizona state title ... named honorable mention All-State and second team All-Conference as junior and helped lead team to 25-3 record, regional title and fifth place in state ... selected first team All-Conference and second team All-State as sophomore after leading team to regional title ... named honorable mention All-Conference as freshman and lettered on the varsity all four years ... earned Scholar-Athlete Award all four years of high school.
Born Heather Hughes on June 2, 1979 in Phoenix, Ariz. ... daughter of Al and Mary Jane Hughes ... has older brother Warren (29) ... uncle played baseball at Arizona State ... hobbies and interests include skiing, golf and basketball … Nelson coached her as a high school player ... career goal is to teach and coach volleyball...married to Matt Justice...has a son named Tanner
Kills: 14 vs. Iowa State, 10/23/98
Attacks: 33 vs. Iowa State, 10/23/98
Hitting Percentage: .308 (6-2-1) vs. Oklahoma, 11/28/98
Assists: 5 vs. Baylor, 11/18/98
Aces: 5 three times
Digs: 22 vs. Baylor, 10/14/98
Solo Blocks: None
Assist Blocks: 2 two times
Total Blocks: 5 vs. Kansas State, 11/20/98
OVERALL CAREER STATISTICS
CAREER VS. THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
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