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Tech Volleyball Sets Focus On Kansas




Sept. 28, 2000

Game Information: Texas Tech vs. Kansas Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, 7 p.m. Horejsi Athletics Center, Lawrence, Kansas

Series Record: Texas Tech leads the all-time series 7-2

Last Meeting: The Kansas Jayhawks beat Texas Tech both times in 1999 but the last came on November 6 when the Jayhawks handed Tech a 13-15, 10-15, 7-15 defeat at home. Ann Romjue and Colleen Smith each had nine kills on the night to lead the Red Raider offensive attack. Sky Orzen had 11 digs while Kate Jury tallied five blocks to lead the defensive effort.

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

Nelson vs. Kansas: Head coach Jeff Nelson is 5-2 against the Jayhawks with both losses coming last season.

Radio/Television: None

Texas Tech's Last Outing: Texas Tech defeated Missouri on Wednesday Sept. 27 in five games (15-11, 7-15, 16-14, 14-16, 15-12).

Kansas' Last Outing: The Jayhawks lost a close match at Baylor 8-15, 15-1, 6-15, 17-15, 8-15.


Texas Tech will hit the road again this weekend and travel to Lawrence, Kansas to do battle with the Kansas Jayhawks in Big 12 action on Saturday evening. The Jayhawks are coming off a loss at the hands of Baylor this past Wednesday. The Bears won the match in five games (8-15, 15-1, 6-15, 17-15, 8-15). Kansas and Texas Tech have each lost in Waco this season as Baylor handed Tech its only loss of the year on Sept. 13.

The Jayhawks enter the match with a 11-3 record having lost to Texas A&M, Baylor and Nebraska. The Jayhawks have two conference wins over Colorado and Iowa State. Kansas started the 2000 season with a 9-0 record before falling victim to Texas A&M 0-3 on Sept. 15.

Kansas is led by Amy Myatt's 240 kills (4.80 per game). The defensive leader is Sarah Rome who has 135 digs on the year.


There is an old saying that says "it might not have been pretty but at least it was a win." That statement was especially true on Wednesday as Tech struggled but was able to pull off a win against a rising Missouri Tiger squad.

Missouri took the Red Raiders to five games before Tech finally was able to grab the win in rally scoring. The Red Raiders seemed to be in control of the match early in the first game as Tech jumped out to a large lead and was able to hang on 15-11. Missouri outplayed Tech in game-two, winning 7-15. Tech took the third game while Missouri managed to hang on to win game-four despite giving up nine straight points. Tech fell behind 14-5 and rallied to tie the score at 14 before Missouri finally pulled it out 16-14. Tech won game-five 15-12.


The Texas Tech Red Raiders success on the court is also showing up in the NCAA statistical rankings. As of the Sept. 25 rankings, Texas Tech is listed in the top 20 in three categories as a team and has three individuals ranking in three categories.

TEAM RANKINGS (15) Kills (8) Service Aces (7-tie) Match Won-Lost Percentage INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (16) Kills, Colleen Smith (8) Assists, Skydra Orzen (1) Service Aces, Heather Hughes-Justice


Following Saturday's match with Kansas, the Red Raiders will return home to face the Oklahoma Sooners in Lubbock on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The Sooners are 6-6 on the year and 1-3 in the Big 12. The game is set for 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena.


Texas Tech junior outside hitter Heather Hughes-Justice is ranked No. 1 in this week's NCAA Division 1 Volleyball Standings for service aces. Hughes-Justice had 40 aces as of Monday and increased that number to 44 after posting four on Wednesday against Missouri.

Hughes-Justice set the Texas Tech junior season record against Missouri when she tallied her 44th ace of the season. Christine Martin held the old record of 42 set back in 1995. Hughes-Justice set a single-match season record against Kansas State on Sept. 20 when she scored eight aces.

She is just 11 aces away from tying the Texas Tech season record of 55 set by Christine Martin back in 1996.


Senior Janelle Jones had her biggest two matches of the season last week 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 selected by the Big 12 as the Player of the Week.


Texas Tech junior setter Skydra Orzen set the school record for assists in a single match. Orzen tallied 93 assists against Missouri on Wednesday evening to surpass her own record of 91. Orzen set the record last season against Colorado when she racked up 91 assists against the Buffaloes on Nov. 13, 1999.



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