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Volleyball Opens Conference Season At Baylor




Sept. 12, 2000

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Texas Tech will open the 2000 Big 12 season in Waco, Texas when they take on the Baylor Bears at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.

Baylor: The Lady Bears will enter the match-up with Texas Tech with a 6-2 overall record after dropping two matches this past weekend to No. 14 Arizona and Santa Clara. The Bears wrapped up their weekend tournament with a 3-0 win over New Mexico State. Baylor is led by Stevie Nicholas who has 134 kills on 275 attempts for .349. Nicholas has 75 digs on the season.

Texas Tech will play in their final scheduled tournament of the season when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. for the LSU Tournament hosted by Louisiana State University.

Arkansas State:
The Lady Indians are 6-2 on the season after winning just one match over the weekend in the Mizzou Classic in Columbia, Mo. ASU is led by Susanne Snipes' 108 kills and 54 digs.

Southeastern Louisiana:
The Lions are 0-3 on the year after beginning their season this past weekend. The Lions dropped matches to Illinois-Chicago, Youngstown State and Indiana State. They are led by Jenni Cool's 30 kills and 16 digs.

Louisiana State:
The Tigers dropped two matches this past weekend in the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans, La. to Tulane and No. 15 Wisconsin. The Tigers are 3-3 on the year. LSU is led by Meagan Davis who has 67 kills on 143 attempts for .420.

Following the conference opener against Baylor in Waco on Wednesday, the team will travel directly to Baton Rouge, La. for the LSU Tournament.

Senior outside hitter Colleen Smith was named the most valuable player of the 2000 Red Raider Classic held this past weekend at the United Spirit Arena. Smith helped lead the Red Raiders to a perfect 3-0 mark in tournament play and extend Tech's season streak to 8-0.

Smith tallied 33 kills on 69 attempts with five errors for a .406 percentage in two matches. She also racked up 20 digs, two service aces and three block assits. Tech's Janelle Jones, Skydra Orzen and Heather Hughes-Justice were named to the all-tournament team.

With the win in the Red Raider Classic, Jeff Nelson claimed his 12th 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.
  • 2000 Red Raider Classic, Lubbock, Texas

    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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