Sept 13, 1997
South Carolina Wins Red Raider Classic with Win over Texas Tech
LUBBOCK, Texas - South Carolina volleyball coach and Texas Tech graduate Kim Hudson '82 made her return to Lubbock in style: by leading her Gamecocks to the 19th annual Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic championship with an 8-15, 15-6, 16-14, 15-13 victory against Texas Tech in the championship match.
Tech senior middle blocker Brande Brown was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, her second MVP honors of the season, while two other Red Raiders, junior setter Lisa Hilgers and sophomore outside hitter Courtney Putnam both earned all-tournament honors.
South Carolina (6-1) handed Texas Tech (9-1) its first loss of the season. After the first match, South Carolina looked like it would be in for a long evening as the Red Raiders won the first game easily, 15-8. But South Carolina clamped down and came back to win games two and three at 15-6 and 16-14 respectively. The Gamecocks won game four 15-13 after a valiant comeback by Tech.
Tech outhit South Carolina .262 to .232 but couldn't get the job done. Junior Kristen Holmes led Tech with 16 kills while freshman Janelle Jones and junior Angela Cooper totaled 14 kills apiece. Hilgers led Tech with 55 assists and 26 digs. Crystal Moore and Heather Larkin totaled 20 kills apiece for South Carolina.
Other all-tournament selections included Southwestern Louisiana outside hitter Gina Calegari, South Carolina setter Ashley Edlund, South Carolina middle blocker Dee Dee Fortman and South Carolina outside hitter Heather Larkin.
1997 Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team Most Valuable Player: Brande Brown, middle blocker, Texas Tech All-Tournament Team: Lisa Hilgers, setter, Texas Tech; Courtney Putnam, outside hitter, Texas Tech;
Four Points-Sheraton/Red Raider Classic Results/Schedule