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Oct. 24, 1997

Courtney Putnam
Courtney Putnam

Red Raiders blitz No. 20 Colorado

Boulder, Colo. - Putnam continues on hitting tear Sophomore Courtney Putnam continued on her hot streak as she registered 27 kills and finished with a .511 hitting percentage in a 7-15, 15-6, 15-10, 15-13 victory at No. 20 Colorado Friday. The victory was Texas Tech's first win against a nationally ranked team since the Red Raiders defeated Kansas State 3-2 on Oct. 12, 1996.

Putnam blasted home 27 kills in 47 attempts and had only three attack errors in finishing with her .511 percentage. It was the sophomore's third consecutive match hitting above .300 and registering over 20 kills. She also contributed on defense with five total blocks and five digs.

Junior middle blocker Sonia Moric led the way on defense with a career-high nine blocks as Texas Tech forced Colorado into comitting 37 attack errors and held the host Buffaloes to .163 (72-37-215) hitting. Senior middle blocker Brande Brown contributed 17 kills and 17 digs, senior outside hitter Cristine Martin finished with 11 kills and 19 digs, junior setter Lisa Hilgers had 53 assists and 16 digs and junior outside hitter Kristen Holmes ended with eight kills and nine digs.

Colorado blitzed the Red Raiders in game one with .345 hitting and a 15-7 victory. But the Red Raiders jumped out to a 10-5 lead in game two and scored five straight points to win 15-6. Tech rallied for a 6-0 lead and rattled off five consecutive points for a 15-10 win in game four. Colorado came back from an 8-0 deficit to tie at 13-13. But a net violation, a Martin service ace, a Putnam kill and a final point which was questioned by Colorado sealed the victory.

Overall, the Red Raiders hit.249 (74-26-193), outdug and outblocked Colorado 89-81 and 14-12 respectively. Colorado's Sarah Lodge was held to .242 hitting on 22 kills.

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