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Tech Volleyball To Take On Baylor




Oct. 20, 2000

Game Information: Baylor vs. Texas Tech Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, 7 p.m. United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

Series Record: Texas Tech leads the all-time series 40-7

Last Meeting: Texas Tech opened the 2000 Big 12 season in Waco on Sept. 13th with a perfect 8-0 record but the Baylor Bears were able to pull out a four-game win (15-6, 9-15, 11-15, 12-15). Senior Colleen Smith led the team with 30 kills and a .354 hitting percentage (30-7-65). Junior setter Skydra Orzen tallied 65 assists and a game-high 14 digs. Baylor was led by Stevie Nicholas' 25 kills on 55 attempts.

Rankings: Texas Tech (None), Baylor (None)

Nelson vs. Baylor: Head coach Jeff Nelson is 8-3 against the Baylor Bears.

Radio/Television/Webcast: None/None/

Texas Tech's Last Outing: Texas Tech defeated Iowa State in three games in Ames (15-7, 15-7, 15-10).

Baylor's Last Outing: The Bears defeated Texas Christian in non-conference action (15-4, 15-9, 15-4).


Texas Tech will begin the second half of Big 12 action this Saturday when they play host to the Baylor Bears. Baylor was the first team to defeat Texas Tech this season when the Bears posted a 3-1 win on Sept. 15. Since then, however, the Bears have suffered a few let downs and will enter Saturday's match sporting a .500 record (5-5) in conference.

The Bears have not beaten a ranked conference opponent thus far in the Big 12 campaign and have a 0-6 record against teams currently ranked in the Top 25. Baylor is currently riding a two-match winning streak thanks to back-to-back wins over Iowa State and TCU.

Baylor is led by Stevie Nicholas' 368 kills and 200 digs. The Bears are coached by Brian Hosfeld who is 89-69 at the helm of the Baylor program.


The Texas Tech Red Raiders put an end to a three-match losing streak by dropping the Iowa State Cyclones in three games (15-7, 15-7, 15-10) Wednesday evening at Hilton Coliseum.

Sophomore middle blocker Stacey Poole made her first career conference start and tallied two kills and two blocks in game-one and finished the evening with three kills. The Red Raiders had no problems dropping the Cylcones in the first two games as Tech won easily 15-7 to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

Head coach Jeff Nelson played three true freshmen the majority of game-three which allowed Iowa State to gain their only lead of the match briefly in game four 9-10. Tech answered Iowa State with six-straight point to win the game and take the match.


Texas Tech's success on the court is also showing up in the NCAA statistical rankings. As of the Oct. 17 rankings, Texas Tech is listed in the top 20 in two categories as a team and has two individuals ranking in two categories.

TEAM RANKINGS (19) Kills (16) Assists

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (6) Assists, Skydra Orzen (1) Service Aces, Heather Hughes-Justice


Texas Tech junior outside hitter Heather Hughes-Justice set a Texas Tech school record for service aces in a single-season by nailing three aces against Iowa State this past Wednesday. Hughes-Justice entered the match with Iowa State needing just one ace to break Cristine Martin's all-time record of 55 aces set during the 1996 season. Hughes-Justice went the first two games against the Cyclones without an ace but was able to get three straight on the opening serve of the third game. She currently has 58 aces on the season which is best in the nation.


Freshman defensive specialist Courtney Shambaugh will sit out the remainder of the season after tearing her meniscus in the right knee. Shambaugh underwent surgery this past week after an MRI determined the tear. Shambaugh had played in 22 games this season and recorded 22 digs. The injury occurred during practice two weeks ago.


Texas Tech improved their team hitting percentage thanks to a three-game match win over Iowa State in which the Red Raiders hit .352. Prior to the Iowa State match, the team had dropped to a season low .243 but was able to improve to .247 following Iowa State. Texas Tech's season best hitting percentage was .285 following the LSU Tournament. Colleen Smith has led the team most of the season in hitting percentage but Melissa McGehee has since taken over with a .274 percentage. Texas Tech is averaging 17.08 kills per-game while holding opponents to 15.20.


Texas Tech begins the second half of Big 12 action when they play host to the Baylor Bears on Saturday at the United Spirit Arena. Texas Tech went 6-4 through the first half of Big 12 play and will look to improve that record and edge closer to the top of the Big 12 standings. Texas Tech will have next Wednesday off before traveling to Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday where the Red Raiders will try to make it 2-0 against the Kansas State Wildcats this season.



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