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Sept 6. 1997

Texas Tech Claims USF Volleyball Classic

TAMPA, Fla. - Texas Tech posted a perfect 3-0 record at the two-day USF Volleyball Classic to claim the championship. South Florida, who dropped its opening match 3-2 to Texas Tech, won two matches today to finish second.

Lori's Gribben's 14 kills paced South Florida in the first match today, as the Bulls defeated Georgia Southern 15-2, 15-0, 15-3. Gribben's 14 kills and .824 hitting percentage were both match and career highs. South Florida posted a .565 hitting percentage as a team to set a new school record, shattering the old mark of .517 set against Jackson State on Sept. 23, 1995.

Paula Araujo and Katiane Simonetti banged 13 kills apiece for South Florida (6-2) to lead the Bulls past Tennessee Chattanooga (2-6), 15-7, 15-3, 15-7. Chattanooga's Rachel Evans led the Mocs with a team and match high 19 kills.

In the final match of the tournament, Texas Tech (7-0) set a school record with a .492 hitting percentage and defeated Georgia Southern (1-6) 15-1, 15-2, 15-4.

All Tournament Team:

Paula Araujo, South Florida (Sr., OH, Recife, Brazil)
Brande Brown, Texas Tech (Sr., MB, Fort Worth Texas)
Angela Cooper, Texas Tech (Jr., OH, Imperial, Texas)
Rachel Evans, Tennessee Chattanooga (Jr., MB, Alberta, Canada)
Lori Gribben, South Florida (So., OH, Palm City, Florida)
Lisa Hilgers, Texas Tech (Jr., S, Victoria Minnesota)

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