Texas Tech Sweeps Missouri
Martin Surpasses 1,000 Career Kills
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech volleyball team won its second straight match in a row with a 15-4, 15-8, 15-8 victory against Missouri Saturday night at Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum. Texas Tech improves to 9-7 in the Big 12 and 22-8 overall while Missouri drops to 2-14 in Big 12 play and 13-18 overall.
Tech jumped out strong and limited Missouri to .087 hitting in the first game to register a 15-4 victory. The Raiders rallied from a 7-4 deficit to win game two 15-8. Tech registered 17 kills to win game three 15-8.
Texas Tech senior Cristine Martin surpassed the 1,000-career kill milestone in the match with her first kill in game one. After her eight kill performance, Martin now has 1,007 career kills. Senior middle blocker Brande Brown, who surpassed the 1,000-career kill mark last night against Iowa State, now has 1,024 career kills and could break Lisa Clark's school record of 1,039 career kills next weekend in matches against nationally ranked Nebraska and Colorado. Martin should also surpass Clark's record in the coming matches.
"I thought we played very well," Tech head coach Jeff Nelson said. "Natalie Rives started her second match of the year and really had an outstanding offensive performance. She hit .333 and had a career-high 10 kills. That really helped us. Brande Brown also came up big and should break the school record for kills next week, Cristine Martin played well and surpassed the 1,000-career kill mark and Lisa Hilgers also played her normal good game." "It was a nice win for us."
Brown finished with .407 hitting (14-3-27), Martin finished at .286 (8-2-21) along with 11 digs and Rives added a .333 percentage (10-3-21) and 11 digs. Hilgers registered 38 assists and a match-high 13 digs and freshman Heather Hughes contributed 10 digs. Missouri was led by Renee Rosinski's nine kills and Chandra Hopkins' 10 digs.
Tech is next in action against Nebraska on Friday and Colorado on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7:00 p.m. in Lubbock's Municipal Coliseum. The Nebraska match will be broadcasted on tape delay by Fox Sports Net while the Colorado match will be radio broadcasted by Lubbock's KKAM (1340).