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Tech Volleyball Begins Preparations For Missouri




Sept. 25, 2000

Game Information: Texas Tech vs. Missouri Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, 7 p.m. United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

Series Record: Texas Tech leads the all-time series 9-0

Last Meeting: Texas Tech finished the 1999 season on a high note as the Red Raiders dropped the Missouri Tigers in four games. Tech played its second match of the season in the newly completed United Spirit Arena. Lori Garber led the way with 16 kills and six blocks while setter Skydra Orzen tallied 13 digs. Tech won the match 15-3, 11-15, 15-5, 15-12.

Rankings: Texas Tech (None), Missouri (none)

Nelson vs. Missouri: Head coach Jeff Nelson is 9-0 against the Tigers since the two teams first played in 1995.

Radio/Television: None

Texas Tech's Last Outing: Texas Tech defeated Texas in Austin 15-8, 13-15, 15-11, 15-10. The win was the first in Austin since 1977.

Missouri's Last Outing: The Tigers defeated the Baylor Bears in five games 15-6, 10-15, 15-7, 6-15, 17-15 in Columbia on Saturday.


Texas Tech returns home to the United Spirit Arena after an emotional week in Big 12 Conference play. The Red Raiders will host a Missouri Tiger team that has jumped out to a great start thus far in the 2000 season. The Tigers are 12-1 on the year and 3-1 in Big 12 play. Missouri comes to Lubbock on the heels of an emotional five game home win over the Baylor Bears. Missouri took the match in five games 15-6, 10-15, 15-7, 6-15, 17-15. Missouri's only loss came at the hands of No. 1 Nebraska on Sept. 16. Missouri has beaten one ranked opponent this season as the Tigers rolled past No. 19 Texas A&M 15-12, 15-8, 15-8. The Tigers are led by Kristen Johnson who has 153 kills and 27 blocks.


The last time that the Texas Tech Red Raiders won a volleyball match in Austin, Texas, none of the current players were even born. Senior Janelle Jones, the elder of the team, was born 21 days after the Red Raiders beat Texas in Austin on Nov. 19, 1977. Current head women's basketball coach at UT, Jody Conradt, was coaching the Texas volleyball team at that time. Saturday's win was also the first win over Texas since the 1992 season and will no doubt pay huge dividends for Texas Tech in recruiting the state of Texas. Tech took the match in four games 15-8, 13-15, 15-11, 15-10 in front of 1,504 fans at Gregory Gymnasium. Tech fought back from a 13-5 deficit by scoring eight straight points only to narrowly lose 13-15.


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


Following Wednesday's match with Missouri, the Red Raiders will hit the road to face the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m at Ahearn Field House. The Jayhawks are 11-2 on the year and 2-2 in Big 12 play.


Prior to Saturday's win over Texas, the Longhorns had deal Texas Tech 16 straight losses. Tech had last defeated Texas on Oct. 24, 1992 when the Red Raiders posted a 15-10, 7-15, 15-11, 3-15, 9-15 win in Lubbock.


Senior Janelle Jones had her biggest week of the season as the Denver native racked up 22 kills on 46 attacks with just three errors for a hitting percentage of .413. She also tallied 14 blocks. Jones was Texas Tech's nomination for the Big 12 Player of the Week award.


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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