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September 9, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - WEEKLY TEXAS TECH VOLLEYBALL RELEASE (SEPTEMBER 8, 1998)

The Texas Tech volleyball team will begin its second week with an undefeated 5-0 record. Texas Tech will host four teams- Belmont University, Centenary College, UC-Santa Barbara and Oral Roberts. UC-Santa Barbara is one of the top teams in the nation. The Gauchos defeated Stanford last weekend. The Cardinal was ranked in the top five in the nation. Oral Roberts noteworthy match was a 3-0 loss to Texas.

THE WINNING CONTINUES TTU wins first five matches for third straight year For the third consecutive season, Texas Tech has won its first five matches. Last season (1997), Texas Tech won its first nine matches before losing and in 1996, the Red Raiders won their first 15 matches. The record for most consecutive wins to start off a season is 16, set back in 1976, the second year of volleyball at Texas Tech.

HILGERS NAMED TOURNAMENT MVP Lisa Hilgers was named the Brions Grill Tournament Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the tournament. At weeks end, Hilgers statistics included .303 hitting (15-5-33), 13.36 assists per game and 3.71 digs per game. All those statistics are above last years statistics. Kristen Holmes and Courtney Putnam both were named to the all-tournament team.

HILGERS CLOSING IN ON RECORD Lisa Hilgers is closing in on Cristine Martins career digs record and could break it this weekend. Martin finished her career last season with 1,323 career digs. Hilgers began this season with 1,206 career digs. For the first five matches, Hilgers has totaled 52 digs, giving her 1,258 career digs, just 65 digs shy of the record. Martin played five years from 1993-97.

RED RAIDERS BLOCKING BETTER Through the first five matches, Texas Tech has proved that its blocking game has improved. The Red Raiders are now blocking at a 3.00 team blocks per game pace. Last year, Tech finished at a 2.35 blocks per game average. That number is up considerably from 1997s totals. The reason? The addition of Lori Garber has given Texas Tech a new dimension in the middle and increased playing time of Janelle Jones and Sonia Moric has helped. Last year, the Red Raiders started Brande Brown in the middle. This year, all three middle blockers stand taller than 6-0. Moric leads the team with 20 total blocks and 1.67 bpg.

RED RAIDER STARTING LINEUPS The following are Texas Techs totals for most starts: Lisa Hilgers-5; Heather Hughes-5; Courtney Putnam-5; Kristen Holmes-5; Lori Garber-5; Emily Brengman-3; Natalie Rives-2.

SCHEDULE AMONG BEST IN NATION Texas Tech will play one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season. Fourteen of the Red Raiders 33 matches will be against teams that received votes in the annual USA Today/AVCA volleyball coaches poll. Texas Tech will play five squads and eight matches against preseason top-25 teams including BYU, UC-Santa Barbara, Texas (two matches), Colorado (two matches) and Texas A&M (two matches). The Red Raiders will also play several teams who received votes including Oral Roberts, Oklahoma (two matches), Kansas State (two matches) and Northern Illinois.

FOX SPORTS NET TO TELEVISE TWO TEXAS TECH MATCHES Fox Sports Net announces 1998 Big 12 Volleyball Telecast Schedule Fox Sports Net has released its 1998 Big 12 Conference volleyball telecast schedule, which includes five appearances for Big 12 schools. Texas Tech will appear in two matchups this season. The telecast at Texas A&M on Sunday, November 1 will be aired live on Fox Sports Net. at 1 p.m. CT. Texas Tech will also appear on a tape delayed basis in a match at Colorado.

1998 FOX SPORTS NET BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL TELECAST SCHEDULE Date Matchup Telecast Date and Time Oct. 23 Oklahoma at Nebraska Sun., Oct. 25, 12 p.m. ET Nov. 1 TEXAS TECH at Texas A&M Live, 1 p.m. CT Nov. 13 TEXAS TECH at Colorado Sun., Nov. 15, 12 p.m. ET Nov. 21 Nebraska at Texas Sun., Nov. 22, 12 p.m. ET Nov. 27 Colorado at Kansas State Sun., Nov. 29, 12 p.m. ET

TECH PICKED SIXTH BY CONFERENCE COACHES IN PRESEASON POLL Texas Tech was picked to finish sixth by conference coaches in the annual 1998 Big 12 preseason coaches rankings. Nebraska was picked to win the conference followed by Texas in second place. The conference will be strong as seven of the conferences 11 volleyball-playing schools received votes in the preseason USA Today/AVCA Volleyball coaches poll.

TEXAS TECH WINS INVITATIONAL Texas Tech finishes off George Mason 15-1, 15-4, 15-9

FAIRFAX, Va. - Texas Tech completed its sweep of the four-team Brions Grill Invitational with a 3-0- 15-1, 15-4, 15-9 pasting of George Mason. The victory gave Texas Tech the tournament championship in its first invitational of the season. Texas Tech improves to 5-0 on the young season while George Mason drops to 0-3. Senior setter Lisa Hilgers was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Red Raiders to victory in all four matches. Junior Courtney Putnam and senior Kristen Holmes were selected to the all-tournament team. Texas Tech used .340 hitting (45-12-97) to defeat the host Patriots. Putnam led Tech with 11 kills while Holmes tallied eight, Lori Garber finished with seven and Natalie Rives added six. Holmes led Texas Tech with 12 digs. The Red Raiders held George Mason to .097 hitting and only 28 kills. Tech dominated until the last game when the Patriots mounted a charge. But the comeback was not enough as Texas Tech clamped down and swept the match. The tournament victory was head coach Jeff Nelsons ninth all-time tournament title and his seventh when the Red Raiders won without losing a match.

HIGHLIGHTS *Texas Tech won the four-match invitational without losing a game (12-0 in overall games) *Jeff Nelsons ninth tournament title and seventh without losing a match *Lisa Hilgers named MVP of Brions Grill Invitational *Courtney Putnam and Kristen Holmes named to all tournament team

RED RAIDERS DOMINATE WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE Texas Tech sweeps UW-Milwaukee 15-9, 15-3, 15-4

FAIRFAX, Va. - Texas Tech used strong hitting to defeat the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 15-9, 15-3, 15-4 in the Red Raiders third match of the Brions Grill Invitational at George Mason University. The win improves Texas Tech to 4-0 on the season and drops Wisconsin-Milwaukee to 1-2. Texas Tech has now swept each match that it has played. The Red Raiders hit a combined .320 (45-14-97) in the match and held UW-Milwaukee to .000 hitting (28-28-93). Courtney Putnam and Natalie Rives led the Red Raiders with 10 kills and nine kills respectively. Putnam hit .409 (10-1-22) while Rives finished at a .333 clip (9-3-18). Sonia Moric hit .625 (6-1-8) and Lori Garber contributed .333 hitting (5-1-12). Heather Hughes also had five service aces. The match was close in game one as UW-Milwaukee tied the Red Raiders at 9-9. But Texas Tech rattled off five straight points to take game one 15-9. Texas Tech never looked back as it defeated the Panthers 15-3 and 15-4 in games two and three.

HIGHLIGHTS *Texas Tech begins season at 12-0 in first four match games00 hitting (28-28-93).

TEXAS TECH BEATS LIBERTY 3-0 Lori Garber leads way with 14 kills as Red Raiders dominate Flames

FAIRFAX, Va. - Texas Tech hit a sterling .336 en route to defeating Liberty 15-3, 15-9, 15-6 in the Brions Grill Invitational at George Mason University. With the victory, Texas Tech improves to 3-0 on the season while Liberty falls to 1-1. Lori Garber led the way for Texas Tech with 14 kills. The junior transfer connected on 14 of 19 attempts (four errors) and finished with a .526 hitting percentage. She was followed by 11 kills apiece from Kristen Holmes and Courtney Putnam. Natalie Rives added eight kills, Lisa Hilgers led the Red Raiders with 13 digs and 47 assists and Holmes chipped in 11 digs. As a team, Texas Tech hit .336 as it finished the match with 56 kills, 19 errors and 110 attacks. Liberty hit only .057 (26-20-106) and had only 30 digs. Texas Tech finished with 51 digs.

HIGHLIGHTS *Third consecutive year that Texas Tech has begun season undefeated at 3-0 *Career high kills for Lori Garber (14) *Red Raiders hit .336, second straight match to hit over .300rors) and finished with a .526 hitting percentage.

RED RAIDERS SWEEP UMBC 3-0 Kristen Holmes ties a career-high with 17 kills in leading Texas Tech to 15-10, 15-8, 15-10 victory

FAIRFAX, Va. - Texas Tech used a 17 kill performance from senior Kristen Holmes to win a 15-10, 15-8, 15-10 decision against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the first match of the George Mason Brions Grill Invitational. The victory improves Texas Tech to 2-0 overall while UMBC drops to 0-2. Holmes slammed home 17 kills in 28 attempts (four errors) for a sterling .464 match average to lead the Red Raider charge. Lori Garber finished with seven kills (.600), Sonia Moric, Courtney Putnam and Emily Brengman each totaled six kills while Lisa Hilgers contributed 46 assists. Freshman Skydra Orzen led Texas Tech in digs and Holmes and Moric each had five blocks. Heather Hughes served up five aces as the Red Raiders finished the three-game match with 10 team aces. Texas Tech (2-0) started quickly in game one as it built a 6-0 lead and coasted to a 15-10 victory. Texas Tech took the lead at 6-3 in game two and never looked back in registering a convincing 15-8 game two win. UMBC mounted an attack in game three and battled back from a 4-0 deficit to within one at 9-8 but the Red Raiders settled down to defeat the Retrievers 15-10 for the match victory.

HIGHLIGHTS *Kristen Holmes ties career high with 17 kills *Texas Tech hits .304 (52-21-102) for match and limits UMBC to .172 hitting (45-25-116)

 

 

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