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Sept. 14, 1999

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech begins week No. 3 of the 1999 season in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Dominos Volleyball Classic featuring New Mexico, UTEP and Loyola Marymount.

Texas Tech completed its second week of play with an 8-1 record. The Red Raiders won the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook Volleyball Classic as they downed Oregon State 3-1, Alaska-Fairbanks 3-0 and

The next home match is next week against Nebraska on Sept. 24. With the United Spirit Arena nearing completion, Texas Tech will play in various venues in Lubbock including the Civic Center, Coronado High School and the Coliseum. The new arena is scheduled for a probable Nov. 8 opening and the first Texas Tech volleyball game to played there is scheduled for Nov. 13 against Colorado.

NELSON REACHES VICTORY NO. 100...Ball State graduate defeats his alma mater for 100th career victory, wins 10th career tournament title

Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson won his 100th career volleyball match Sunday with a 3-1 victory against Ball State. Ironically, the victory came against Nelson's alma mater. He played volleyball for the Cardinals and graduated from the Muncie, Ind. school in 1986. Nelson's career record now stands at 100-44 in his five years as head coach. The victory also gave him his 10th tournament title as Texas Tech's head coach.


Six-foot-seven junior transfer Colleen Smith played her best volleyball of the season at the Nanook Classic. She was named to the all tournament squad after putting up outstanding numbers. Smith hit .405 (40-8-79) on the weekend. She finished with a career-high 19 kills, 10 blocks and 10 total blocks vs. Ball State on Sunday and hit a career-high .424 (16-2-33) vs. Oregon State on Friday. As Texas Tech's Big 12 Player of the Week nominee, Smith finished her week with 13 digs, 17 total blocks and 40 kills in nine games.


Junior Janelle Jones finished with an outstanding Nanook Classic. The six-foot-three Jones played her best volleyball of her career notching a total of 27 kills, 18 total blocks and a .447 hitting percentage (27-6-47) in 10 games. She hit a career-high .625 (11-1-16) vs. Oregon State and threatened the school record at 8-0-8 at one point during the match.

TECH WINS NANOOK CLASSIC...Nelson wins 100th career match as Red Raiders defeat Ball State 3-0, Lori Garber, Colleen Smith named to all tournament team

Texas Tech placed five players indouble-digit kills as it defeated Ball State 15-7, 11-15, 15-7, 15-9 to win the Nanook Classic Volleyball tournament title outright Sunday at Alaska-Fairbanks' Patty Center. Tech won its 10th tournament title in the past five seasons.

The victory improves Texas Tech to 8-1 overall and drops Ball State to4-2 on the season. Tech finished the tournament with a 3-0 record, Oregon State finished second at 2-1, Ball State third at 1-2 and Alaska-Fairbanks finished last at 0-4.

The victory also gave Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson his 100th career victory and 10th tournament title in his five years as head coach. It came against his alma mater Ball State where he played volleyball and graduated in 1986.

Two Red Raiders were selected to the Nanook Classic seven-member all tournament squad- junior Colleen Smith and senior Lori Garber. Smith led the Red Raiders with career-highs of 19 kills and 10 blocks against Ball State while Garber finished with 12 kills, seven digs and five blocks. Junior Janelle Jones contributed 13 kills and a career-high 11 blocks, freshman Ann Romjue finished with 16 kills and 13 digs, freshman Jenny Donohoo had 12 kills and a match and career-high 18 kills and setter Skydra Orzen had 60 assists and 13 digs.

Texas Tech outhit Ball State .282-.191 on the match and outblocked the Cardinals 20-7.

TECH DEFEATS ALASKA-FAIRBANKS...Red Raiders torch Ala-Fairbanks 15-4, 15-2, 15-7

The Texas Tech volleyball team won its second match in the Nanook Classic Saturday as the Red Raiders defeated host Alaska-Fairbanks 15-4, 15-2, 15-7. The victory improves Texas Tech to 7-1 overall and drops Alaska-Fairbanks to 3-2 overall.

More importantly, the victory puts Texas Tech in position to win the Nanook Classic tournament championship outright with a victory tomorrow against Ball State. Tech is 2-0 in tournament action, Ball State is 1-1, Oregon State is 1-1 and Alaska-Fairbanks is 0-2.

The Red Raiders face Ball State in a 6 p.m. Alaska time match (9 p.m. CT) in the Patty Center while Oregon State faces Alaska-Fairbanks in the 8 p.m. Alaska time (11 p.m. CT) match.

With a victory in tomorrow's match against Ball State, Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson would reach career victory number 100. His career record in five seasons at Texas Tech is currently 99-45. Ironically, Nelson played volleyball and graduated from Ball State in 1986.

Tech jumped out to early leads in registering its seventh win of the season against Alaska-Fairbanks. The Red Raiders outhit (.264-.043), outdug (43-35) and outblocked (7-4) the host Nanooks. Tech finished with eight service aces in the match, a team-season high.

Freshman Ann Romjue led the Tech attack with eight kills and seven digs, freshman Jenny Donohoo contributed seven kills and eight digs, sophomore Skydra Orzen finished with 31 assists and 10 digs, junior Colleen Smith had five kills in seven attempts in one game and freshman Melissa McGehee registered four kills. Freshman Bonny Smith sparked the Red Raiders in game one with three service aces. She finished with a match and career-high four aces.

Kristen Sullivan led Alaska-Fairbanks with 10 kills.

TECH WINS NANOOK OPENER...Red Raider Volleyball team defeats Oregon State 3-1

Texas Tech used double-digit kill performances from six players to register a 15-6, 15-13, 13-15, 15-9 victory Friday against Oregon State in the first round of the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook Volleyball Classic. The victory improves Texas Tech to 6-1 overall and drops Oregon State to 3-2 on the young season. Texas Tech's second match of the Nanook Classic is against Alaska Fairbanks at 8 p.m. Alaska Time or 11 p.m. CT.

Senior middle blocker Lori Garber led Texas Tech with 20 kills. The 6-3 senior hit .390 (20-4-41) and helped the Red Raiders finish with a .365 hitting percentage (82-17-178).

Five other players reached double-digit kills including junior Colleen Smith who had a career-high 16 kills (16-2-33), freshman Ann Romjue who registered 12 kills in 37 attempts, freshman Jenny Donohoo who had 12 kills in 34 attempts and Janelle Jones who registered 11 kills in 16 attempts (.625 hitting pct). Sophomore setter Skydra Orzen finished with 10 kills in 14 attempts (.643 hitting) and a career-high 67 assists, a mark that ranked her 11th on the all-time Texas Tech school assists list.

Tech hit .438 in game one, .327 in game two, .225 in game three and .471 in game four. The Red Raiders battled back to win game two and almost won game three. Tech outblocked Oregon State 13-8 overall and outhit the Beavers .365-.287.

Oregon State's Sarah Bjeldanes finished with 25 kills and a .313 hitting percentage while Angie Shirley finished with 21 kills and a .361 hitting percentage.


Texas Tech?s Garber was named the Four Points Classic Most Valuable Player after finishing up a dominating tournament. The six-foot-three middle blocker concluded the four-match invite with a .447 hitting percentage (49-11-85) and led the tournament in kills (49), kills per game (4.08) and placed second in service aces (0.42 per game), hitting percentage (.447) and blocks per game (1.17 per game). Two other Texas Tech players were selected to the all tournament squad- freshman outside hitter Ann Romjue and sophomore setter Skydra Orzen.


Freshman Ann Romjue and sophomore Yolanda Cumbess both turned in top all-time hitting performances for Texas Tech on the weekend. Romjue hit a career-high .667 (14-2-18) against UT-Pan American on Sunday, a mark that ranks 11th on the all-time school hitting chart. Cumbess turned in a career-high .692 (10-1-13) performance against N.C. State on Friday. That mark ranks ninth on the all-time chart. Cumbess' 10 kills and 13 attempts were both career-highs.


Texas Tech volleyball has won 20+ matches the last four seasons.

Texas Tech volleyball has appeared in the NCAA Tournament three of the last four seasons.

Six-foot-seven outside hitter Colleen Smith, recently selected the Big 12 preaseason Newcomer of the Year is the tallest player to ever play at Texas Tech (possibly the tallest to ever play in the Big 12).

Texas Tech volleyball has won eight of its last 11 pre-conference invitationals.

Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson needs eight victories to reach the 100-total for his career. Nelson is 92-43 in four years at Texas Tech.

BIG 12 RELEASES COACHES' PICKS...Colleen Smith selected Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Lori Garber, Courtney Putnam earn votes for all conference

DALLAS, Texas ? Texas Tech?s Colleen Smith was named the Big 12 Conference volleyball preseason Newcomer of the Year while seniors Lori Garber and Courtney Putnam both earned votes for the preseason all conference team in a vote of the league?s head coaches released Tuesday by the conference office. Nebraska is picked to win the 1999 Big 12 Conference volleyball championship, while the Huskers? Nancy Meendering is the preseason favorite for Player of the Year. Texas Tech was picked to finish sixth.

The defending Big 12 champion and national semifinalist Huskers received 10 (coaches weren?t allowed to vote for their own team) first-place votes. Texas A&M is picked to finish second, followed by Texas, winner of the 1997 conference title, in third. Colorado is the fourth-place choice, with Kansas State fifth and Texas Tech sixth. The top six teams all competed in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

Smith, a six-foot-seven transfer from Washington State, is a .213 career hitter. Garber was selected an All Region player after leading the Red Raiders in hitting percentage (.346) and averaging 3.51 kills and 1.20 blocks per game. Putnam owns school records for match kills (32) and match attempts (74). Last year she hit .239 with 3.32 kills and 2.28 digs per game.

Nebraska?s Nancy Meendering was named the preseason Player of the Year. A 6-1 junior outside hitter, Meendering was a first-team all-conference and AVCA All-American last season. In addition she was named MVP of the NCAA Tournament Pacific Regional. Joining Meendering on the preseason All-Big 12 team is Baylor?s Elisha Polk, Colorado?s Kelly Campbell, Texas? Erin Aldrich, and Texas A&M?s Amber Woolsey and Jenna Moscovic.

Nebraska?s Laura Pilakowski is the preseason pick for Freshman of the Year. The 6-1 outside hitter/middle blocker attended Columbus High School in Columbus, Neb.


1. Nebraska-100, 2. Texas A&M-91, 3. Texas-75, 4. Colorado-69, 5. Kansas State-64, 6. TEXAS TECH-61, 7. Baylor-45, 8. Oklahoma-36, 9. Kansas-27, 10. Missouri-26, 11. Iowa State-11 (Rank and points received)


First Team: Elisha Polk, Baylor, Kelly Campbell, Colorado, Nancy Meendering, Nebraska, Erin Aldrich, Texas, Jenna Moscovic, Texas A&M, Amber Woolsey, Texas A&M

Others Receiving Votes: Amanda Reves, Kansas, Dawn Cady, Kansas State, Disney Bronnenberg, Kansas State, Liz Wegner, Kansas State, Mandy Monson, Nebraska, Angie Oxley, Nebraska, Tonia Tauke, Nebraska, Summer Strickland, Texas A&M, Lori Garber, Texas Tech, Courtney Putnam, Texas Tech

Player of the Year: Nancy Meendering, Nebraska, OH, 6-1, Jr/2L, Hull, Iowa

Newcomer of the Year: Colleen Smith, Texas Tech, MB/OH, 6-7, Jr/TR, Albuquerque, N.M. (Washington State)

Freshman of the Year: Laura Pilakowski, Nebraska, OH/MB, 6-1, Fr/HS, Columbus, Neb. (Columbus HS)




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