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Oct. 31, 1997

Kansas State Defeats Texas Tech 3-1 in Big 12 Volleyball Clash

Tech setter Lisa Hilgers Goes Over 4,000 Career Assists

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Kansas State volleyball team handed Texas Tech its second defeat in three matches with a 5-15, 15-5, 15-7, 16-14 loss Friday evening at Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum. Kansas State improves to 7-4 in the Big 12 and 16-7 overall while Texas Tech drops to 5-5 in the Big 12 and 18-6 overall.

Junior setter Lisa Hilgers surpassed the 4,000-career assist milestone on the evening as she finished the night with 39 assists. Hilgers needed only 16 assists to surpass that mark. She broke Texas Tech's career assists record earlier in the season and went over 1,000 career digs two matches ago against Oklahoma.

Texas Tech began the game on fire as the Red Raiders stormed the floor for a decisive 15-5 victory in game one. Kansas State won games two and three with decisive 15-5 and 15-7 scores.

Down 2-1, Tech jumped out to a 7-0 lead in game four and held an 11-4 advantage. But the Wildcats came back and cut the lead to 14-12. From that point, Tech served to win the game four times but failed as Kansas State rallied for a 16-14 game victory and match win.

Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Putnam led Texas Tech with 19 kills in 54 attempts and five blocks, junior setter Lisa Hilgers added 39 assists and 22 digs, senior outside hitter Cristine Martin chipped in 11 kills and 13 digs and senior middle blocker Brande Brown added nine kills and 17 digs. Junior outside hitter Kristen Holmes finished with 18 digs and freshman Heather Hughes contributed 12.

Kansas State was led by Kim Zschau's 20 kills, Dawn Cady's 14 and Valerie Wieck's 13. Both teams struggled in their hitting as Kansas State finished with .164 (60-28-195) while Texas Tech went .139 (52-28-173).

Texas Tech next host Kansas tomorrow in Lubbock at 7:00 p.m. Kansas State travels to Waco for a match against Baylor tomorrow.

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