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Volleyball Prepares For Rival Texas




Sept. 21, 2000


Texas Tech hits the road again this weekend as the team travels to Austin, Texas for a Big 12 match-up with rival Texas. The match will mark the 60th meeting for the two teams. Texas owns a commanding 50-7-2 lead in the series. The Longhorns were able to keep their cool on Tuesday night against a tough Baylor squad as the Horns erased an 0-2 deficit to come back and steal the match in five games. Baylor defeated the Longhorns in last season in Waco to give the Bears their first ever win against Texas. Texas is led by junior outside hitter Kathy Tilson who has 105 kills on 294 attempts for .194. The defensive leader for the Horns is freshman defensive specialist Lisa Lutkus who has tallied 93 digs. Texas is coached by Jim Moore who is in his fourth season at UT.


Heather Hughes-Justice doesn't look like she took the 1999 season off as the junior outside hitter is seventh in the nation in service aces. On Wednesday evening against No. 20 Kansas State, Hughes-Justice set a Texas Tech school record by tallying eight service aces. The previous record was seven held by Paige Russell and Lisa Clark. Hughes-Justice has had five matches in her career in which she has tallied five aces.


Following Saturday's match with Texas, the Red Raiders will return home to face the Missouri Tigers on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m in the United Spirit Arena. The Tigers are 11-1 on the year and 2-1 in Big 12 play.


The Texas Tech Red Raiders success on the court is also showing up in the NCAA statistical rankings. As of the Sept. 17th rankings, Texas Tech is listed in the top 20 in four categories as a team and has three individuals ranking in three categories. TEAM RANKINGS (19) Hitting Percentage (16) Kills (13) Service Aces (10-tie) Match Won-Lost Percentage INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (12) Kills, Colleen Smith (7) Assists, Skydra Orzen (7) Service Aces, Heather Hughes-Justice


Senior outside hitter Colleen Smith is living up to the expectations of an All-America season as the Albuquerque native has racked up 193 kills on 438 attacks for percentage of .338. Smith has 31 blocks on the season including eight against Kansas State on Wednesday. Defensively she has 84 digs on the season. Smith has been named the MVP of two different invitationals.


Texas Tech will travel to Austin this weekend looking to put an end to a 16-game winning streak held by UT. Texas Tech last defeated Texas on October 24, 1992 in Lubbock as the Red Raiders won in five games.


For the very first time, Texas Tech will play a Texas team that is unranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25. Texas dropped out of the rankings last week after being ranked in every AVCA poll since it began in 1981.


The Texas Tech volleyball team pulled off their biggest win of the season as the Red Raiders defeated No. 20 Kansas State in rally scoring (15-6, 15-17, 15-8, 14-16, 22-20) in front of 659 fans at the United Spirit Arena, Wednesday evening. It was conference déjà vu for the Red Raiders as the team dominated Kansas State 15-6 in game-one. Last week at Baylor, Tech jumped out on the Bears early and won the first game by the same score of 15-6 but allowed Baylor to take the next three and win the match. Tech dropped the second game 17-5 but came back after the intermission to win game-three 15-8 and take a 2-1 lead in the match. Tech fell in game-four 16-14 after erasing a 13-3 KSU lead. Tech wrapped up the win by taking game-five 22-20.



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