Oct. 18, 1997
Oklahoma Edges Texas Tech; Putnam Breaks Tech Kills Record
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Oklahoma volleyball team handed Texas Tech its fifth setback of the season with a 10-15, 17-15, 12-15, 15-7, 13-15 defeat Saturday at Lubbock's Coronado High School. Tech falls to 4-4 in Big 12 play and 17-5 overall while Oklahoma improves to 5-3 in the Big 12 and 11-8 overall. The match was played at Coronado due to a scheduling conflict for Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum.
Texas Tech's Courtney Putnam broke the school record for kills in a match with 32. The sophomore from Evergreen, Colo. drilled home 32 kills in 74 attempts (eight errors) for a .324 hitting percentage. She shattered the previous Tech record- 28 kills by Diane Owens on November 29, 1995 against Arkansas State- by four kills. Putnam also added five digs and five block assists.
For the week, including Putnam's performance in a 3-1 victory against Baylor Wednesday night (21-3-47, 2 block assists), Putnam finished with 53 kills, 11 attack errors in 121 total attacks for a .347 percentage and seven block assists on the week.
Oklahoma's Patrice Arrington provided some offensive highlights for herself as she registered 32 kills, a .323 hitting percentage and 16 digs, Tanisha Webster finished with 22 kills and a .425 hitting percentage and Melissa Peterson added 27 kills a .323 percentage and 28 digs. Setter Meredith Van Horn finished the match with 89 kills and 13 digs. As a team, Oklahoma hit an unbelievable .351 for the match (103-23-228) which placed fourth on the all-time Texas Tech opponents' match hitting percentage list. In the last two games combined, the Sooners hit and incredible .462 while blasting 27 kills and two errors in 54 attempts.
Following Putnam, senior outside hitter Cristine Martin finished with 24 kills in 57 attempts for a .316 percentage and 28 digs, senior middle blocker Brande Brown registered 15 kills in 39 attempts and 16 digs and senior setter Lisa Hilgers added 71 assists. Freshman Heather Hughes finished with 14 digs.
Texas Tech hits the road next weekend for matches against Colorado (Oct. 24) and Nebraska (Oct. 25) before returning home to play the USA National Team on October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Coliseum.