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Sept. 6, 2000

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Texas Tech will open the 2000 home season with the 22nd annual Red Raider Classic to be held at United Spirit Arena Sept. 8-9. Texas Tech has won nine Red Raider Classics. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, George Mason and Texas-Arlington are making their first appearances in the classic.

TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders enter this weekend's tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. Tech won the Carolina Classic this past weekend in Columbia, S.C.. The Red Raiders defeated Liberty, Xavier, South Carolina and Duke to bring home the championship. Texas Tech pushed their win streak to five games by defeating Texas Christian on Tuesday night in Fort Worth. The Red Raiders are being led by Colleen Smith (73-18-156-.353) and Melissa McGehee (61-19-115-.365). Ann Romjue is the defensive leader with 70 digs.

GEORGE MASON: The Patriots will bring a 2-1 record to Lubbock after posting two wins in a home tournament against Siena and Western Carolina. The Patriots dropped a 3-2 decision to Fresno State in the last game of the tournament. George Mason is led by Aline Periera who has 45 kills on 88 attempts.

TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI: The Islanders have struggled to a 0-5 start to begin the 2000 campaign. Their latest defeat came at the hands of Sam Houston State who won the match 3-1 on Tuesday evening. The Islanders are led by Melanie Travis who has 31 kills on 110 attempts.

TEXAS-ARLINGTON: Texas Arlington is the only familiar opponent to Texas Tech as the two teams have met 32 times. The Mavericks are 0-3 after dropping two matches to Houston and one to Wyoming. UTA is led by Trisha Walker who has 44 kills on 124 attempts.

Following the Red Raider Classic, Texas Tech will open the Big 12 Conference season at Baylor when they take on the Bears Wednesday Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Sophomore outside hitter Melissa McGehee was named Most Valuable Player at the Carolina Classic this past weekend. McGehee put on an impressive performance in the tournament by racking up 56 kills and digs. McGehee hit .410 for the tournament while also coming up with seven assists.

Texas Tech's Ann Romjue and Skydra Orzen were named to the all-tournament team for their peformances over the weekend. Romjue tallied 48 kills while Orzen amassed 174 assists and 38 digs.

With the win in the Carolina Classic, Jeff Nelson claimed his 11th tournament title of his career. Here are Nelson's tournament wins:

  • 1995 Iowa State Tournament, Ames, Iowa
  • 1996 Nevada Taco Bell Invitational, Reno, Nev.
  • 1996 New Mexico Roadrunner Classic, Las Cruces, N.M.
  • 1996 Four Points Sheraton/Red Raider Classic, Lubbock, Texas
  • 1996 Northwest Arkansas Times Invitational, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 1997 Sheraton Shootout, Lubbock, Texas
  • 1997 South Florida Tournament, Tampa, Fla.
  • 1997 U.S. Air Force Academy Tournament, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 1998 Brion's Grille Invitational, Fairfax, Va.
  • 1999 Nanook Classic, Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • 2000 Carolina Classic, Columbia, S.C.

    The United Spirit Arena, a modern state of the art facility with a seating capacity of 15,050, opened in Novemeber of 1999. The arena is home to Red Raider and Lady Raider basketball along with Texas Tech volleyball, as well as commencement ceremonies, conferences, concerts and other events for Texas Tech students.

    Each of the three sports housed at United Spirit Arena- men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball have everything they need at the arena including coaches' offices, lockerrooms, shower facilties, practice facilities, weight rooms and a training room. The arena also features an oversized media room complete with a satellite feed for television and a Texas Tech "Hall of History."



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