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Tech Volleyball Prepares For Oklahoma




Oct. 2, 2000

Game Information: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, 7 p.m. United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

Series Record: Texas Tech leads the all-time series 25-11

Last Meeting: Texas Tech defeated Oklahoma in both matches last season including a 15-6,15-7,15-7 win in the inaugural match in United Spirit Arena. The match with the Sooners started a 7-0 current win streak in the new arena. Ann Romjue was the all-around player as she totaled 17 kills and 15 digs. Yolanda Cumbess had a game-high three blocks.

Rankings: Texas Tech (24th), Oklahoma (None)

Nelson vs. Oklahoma: Head coach Jeff Nelson is 5-3 against the Oklahoma Sooners

Radio/Television/Webcast: None/None/

Texas Tech's Last Outing: Texas Tech defeated Kansas on Saturday Sept. 30 in five games (15-11, 5-15, 7-15, 15-12, 15-6).

Oklahoma's Last Outing: The Sooners dropped to 1-4 in conference play after losing to Baylor on Saturday (15-6, 16-14, 15-9).


Texas Tech returns home to the friendly confines of United Spirit Arena where the team will open up a two-match homestand. Tech opens the home swing against the Oklahoma Sooners who are coming off a three-game loss to the Baylor Bears.

Oklahoma won five-straight matches to start the 2000 campaign and then lost six-straight after suffering a three-game match set back at the hands of Utah State. Texas Tech and Oklahoma share one non-conference opponent in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Both Tech and Oklahoma beat the Islanders in three games.

Oklahoma's lone conference win this season came when they defeated Iowa State in five games on Sept. 27. The Sooners are coached by Kalani Mahi who is in his first season at Oklahoma. OU is led by Cathy Cook's 211 kills (4.80 per game).


The Texas Tech volleyball team found themselves in yet another close Big 12 Conference match and was able to overcome a 1-2 deficit to defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 3-2, Saturday evening.

Texas Tech (15-1, 4-1) won the first game 15-11 but fell victim to a Kansas offensive explosion and lost the next two games 5-15, 7-15. Tech was able to mount a comeback and win game-four 15-12 to send the game to rally scoring.

The Red Raiders dominated the Jayhawks in the fifth game and closed out the match with a 15-6 win. Senior Colleen Smith led the way with 24 kills while sophomore Melissa McGehee finished with 23. Junior Heather Hughes-Justice led the defensive effort for Tech as she tallied 17 kills while sophomore Ann Romjue finished with 16.


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.


(15) Kills (8) Service Aces (7-tie) Match Won-Lost %


(16) Kills, Colleen Smith (8) Assists, Skydra Orzen (1) Service Aces, Heather Hughes-Justice


The Texas Tech volleyball was rewarded this week for their 15-1 record as the squad earned a No. 24 national ranking in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

Tech has not been nationally ranked since Dec. 1, 1998 when the team was No. 22 in the AVCA poll. Nebraska and Texas A&M are the other Big 12 schools ranked this week (Nebraska No.1, Texas A&M No. 23).


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 (Sept. 25) and increased that number to 48 after posting four on Saturday against Kansas and four against Missouri last Wednesday.

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 seven aces away from tying the Texas Tech season record of 55 set by Christine Martin back in 1996.


For those who are weak at heart, a Texas Tech volleyball match can be brutal. The Red Raiders have played three five-game matches this season including two straight. Fortunately for Tech, they are undefeated in those matches.


Texas Tech has not lost the first game of a match all season long. Tech is a perfect 16-0 in the first game of matches this season. The second game, however, is another story. Tech has lost the second game in the last four matches and has not won game-two in any conference match this season.



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