Sept. 5, 1997
Texas Tech Tops South Florida
TAMPA, Fla.- Angela Cooper and Brande Brown combined for 48 kills, 36 digs and 10 block to lead Texas Tech to a 14-16, 15-9, 15-13, 12-15, 16-14 win over South Florida in the third game of the USF Classic this evening at The Corral on the USF campus.
"We are living and dying on the outside now," said USF coach Perri Hankins. "We have two new middles and the connection is tough. It's hard to beat a tough team just setting outside."
South Florida's two outside hitters, Paula Araujo and Katiane Simonetti, combined for 145 of the team's total 243 attempts. Simonetti's 24 kills and 73 attempts were both career highs. Araujo's 31 kills led all players and also set a Texas Tech opponent record.
Texas Tech (6-0) toook the lead early in the rally game and held three match points before South Florida could tie the game at 14-14. Cooper banged two of her team high 25 kills on the next two points to give Texas Tech the win on the road.
"It was a great match for us in our real first test of the season," Texas Tech coach Jeff Nelson said. "I was most proud of our ability to play so well this early in the season and I am excited to be rolling."
In the first game at the USF Classic, Texas Tech defeated Tennessee Chattanooga 15-9, 15-7, 15-6. In game two which featured Southern Conference rivals, Chattanooga (2-5) topped georgia Southern (1-4) 15-10, 15-13, 15-8.
South Florida (4-2) will open play in day two, taking on Georgia Southern at 10 a.m. and Chattanooga at noon. Texas Tech and Georgia Southern will conclude the Classic with a 2 p.m. match.