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Oct. 20, 1999

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech begins it week with No. 8 Texas on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Lubbock's Coronado High School then travels to Missouri on Saturday for a 7 p.m. match in Columbia, Mo.

The Red Raiders enter the week at 13-8 and 2-6 in the Big 12 after winning their second Big 12 match, a 3-0 decision Saturday against Oklahoma. Texas Tech also defeated TCU 3-0 Sunday night.

With the state-of-the-art 15,500-seat United Spirit Arena nearing completion, Texas Tech will play its home schedule at Lubbock's Coronado High School (located on 34th Street between Slide and Quaker). The United Spirit Arena, dubbed the "best volleyball facility in America" is scheduled for a probable Nov. 8 opening with the first Texas Tech volleyball game scheduled tentatively for a Nov. 13 match against Colorado.

Texas Tech will also gain use of the United Spirit Arena's practice facility in November. The team will continue to practice in the Women's Gym until the facility is ready to open.

TECH RALLIES TO DEFEAT TCU...Red Raiders win second straight contest 15-6, 15-6, 15-5

The Texas Tech volleyball squad continued its hot streak as it registered a 15-6, 15-6, 15-5 victory Sunday against WAC rival TCU at Lubbock?s Coronado High School. The win improves Texas Tech to 13-8 overall while TCU drops to 6-12 overall. The Red Raiders are on a two-match winning streak following their 3-0 victory last night at Oklahoma.

Texas Tech used .302 hitting (40-14-86), 37 team digs and grabbed early leads in each of the three games en route to their victory in 57 minutes.

Freshman Ann Romjue led Texas Tech with match-highs of 10 kills and 10 digs. Junior Colleen Smith hit .571 with nine kills in 14 attempts and freshman Jenny Donohoo notched seven kills in 13 attempts (.308 hitting). Junior Janelle Jones also had a hot hand with six kills in eight attempts.

TCU was held to just .050 hitting (19-15-80) and 27 digs. The Horned Frogs outblocked Texas Tech 8-5 and were led by Allison Lynch?s six kills.

Texas Tech is next in action on Wednesday against Texas at 7:30 p.m. in Lubbock?s Coronado High School.

RED RAIDERS DOWN OKLAHOMA...Red Raiders erupt for 15-4, 15-0, 15-5 victory

NORMAN, Okla. ? It took the The Texas Tech volleyball team 47 minutes to defeat Oklahoma Saturday as the Red Raiders registered a 15-4, 15-0, 15-5 victory Saturday over the Sooners. The victory improves Texas Tech to 12-8 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12 Conference while Oklahoma falls to 6-12 overall and 1-7 in the Big 12.

Aided by 12 service aces (including four from Lori Garber) and a .375 hitting percentage, Texas Tech stormed the OU Field House for its second Big 12 win.

Tech grabbed a 7-0 advantage before the Sooners even scored a point in game one. Oklahoma cut the lead to 8-3 but Texas Tech gained momentum off a Jenny Donohoo serve to score the last six points for a 15-4 win. The Raiders kept the momentum as they used several service aces to gain a 15-0 second game victory. Texas Tech won its first game 15-0 since defeating Central Michigan 15-0 in game two on Sept. 19, 1998. Game three saw Tech take a 6-1 advantage. Oklahoma cut the margin to 6-4 but the Red Raiders rattled off nine of the next 10 points for the game and match victory.

Senior Lori Garber led Texas Tech with nine kills and a .692 hitting percentage (9-0-13). Freshman Ann Romjue finished with five kills in 11 attacks (.364 hitting) and six digs while junior Janelle Jones contributed four kills and four blocks and freshman Jenny Donohoo registered four kills.

Texas Tech hosts TCU on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Lubbock?s Coronado High School.

TEXAS TECH FALLS TO BAYLOR 3-0...Bears beat Red Raiders 15-8, 15-8, 15-7

The Texas Tech Volleyball team lost to the Baylor Bears in three games, 15-8, 15-8, 15-7 in front of 187 fans at the Ferrell Center tonight. Tech goes to 11-8 on the season and 1-6 in the Big 12 while Baylor improves to 16-4 and 4-3 in the conference.

The Bears out hit the Raiders .222(54-22-144) to .167 (44-20-144). Lori Garber?s 10 kills and Skydra Orzen?s 14 digs led Tech. Jenny Donohoo, Garber and Ann Romjue all recorded double digit digs.

Tech fell behind 4-0 early in the first game and never recovered. The second game started out closer as Tech used a taller front line to block Baylor attempts. Through the first two games Tech registered four blocks, led by Romjue and Colleen Smith with two apiece. However Baylor responded to take control later in the game and come away with a 15-8 win. Tech had a 6-4 lead midway into the third game but Baylor came back after a timeout to score four consecutive points and seize control of the game, winning 15-7.

A major factor in the match was 14 service errors committed by Texas Tech compared to Baylor?s five.

TEXAS TECH DEFEATS IOWA STATE...Smith?s 19 kills and Romjue?s 17 kills lead Red Raiders to 15-10, 15-11, 15-5 Big 12 victory

Texas Tech registered its first Big 12 victory of the season as it defeated Iowa State 15-10, 15-11, 15-5 Saturday at Lubbock?s Coronado High School. The victory improves Texas Tech to 11-7 overall and 1-5 in the Big 12 while Iowa State drops to 2-11 overall and 0-6 in the Big 12.

Three Red Raiders reached double figures in kills. Junior Colleen Smith tied a career-high for kills with 19. The six-foot-seven junior hit .294 (19-9-34) for the match and tallied eight digs and three blocks. Freshman Ann Romjue also notched big numbers with 17 kills, a .300 hitting percentage (17-5-40), 11 digs and five total blocks. Sophomore Yolanda Cumbess finished with 12 kills in 25 attempts along with five blocks. Senior Lori Garber came close to a triple-double as she finished with eight kills, 10 digs and seven blocks.

Texas Tech outhit Iowa State .257 (61-26-136) to .061 (28-21-155). The Red Raiders jumped out in front and earned a 15-10 win in game one. The Cyclones battled back to take a commanding 9-5 lead in game two but Tech rallied behind several Smith and Cumbess kills to go up 11-10 and win 15-11.

Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson has never lost to the Cyclones and is 7-0 against Iowa State.

Iowa State was led by Sheila Lopez? and Stacy Nicks? seven kills apiece.

NO. 20 COLORADO SLIPS PAST TECH...Buffaloes defeat Red Raiders in volleyball 19-17, 15-9, 15-10

No. 20 Colorado handed Texas Tech a 19-17, 15-9, 15-10 volleyball loss Wednesday evening at the Coors Events Center on the Colorado campus. The loss drops Texas Tech to 0-5 in the Big 12 and 10-7 overall while Colorado improves to 4-1 in the Big 12 and 10-4 overall.

The match marked the fifth match in Texas Tech?s last seven matches that the Red Raiders have played a nationally ranked team.

?It was a long match- all three games were long,? Texas Tech head coach Jeff Nelson said. ?We were in it but we made a lot dumb mistakes. Our defense was good, our blocking was very good but we just didn?t get it done.?

Colorado took advantage in game one as the Buffs registered a hard-fought 19-17 win. The Red Raiders had three opportunities at game point to win the game at 17-16, 16-15 and 15-14 but the Buffs fended each attempt. The game was won on a controversial in-call.

Junior Colleen Smith led Texas Tech with 18 kills in 47 attempts (.234 percentage). The mark was the second-best output of her career. Freshman Ann Romjue contributed 15 kills in 44 attempts along with three service aces and a Tech-high 18 digs. Her 18 digs marks the 14th time in 17 games this season that Romjue reached double digits in digs. Senior Lori Garber added 11 kills in 27 attempts (.259 percentage) and with eight digs and five blocks.

?Ann really played well,? Nelson said. ?She doing everything for us. She dug, hit and served well. Colleen also hit and blocked well. Ann, Colleen and Lori were all three were hitting .400 before the final game. Colorado?s a good team, we were happy to compete but we just didn?t it done. We?ve got to play with more intensity and we?ve got to get more consistency from our setter position.?

Tech outblocked Colorado 14-5 as Smith led the Red Raiders with six total blocks. The Red Raiders were outhit .245 (91-40-208) to .196 (62-27-179) and outdug 80-61. Colorado was led by five players in double-digit kills. Sonja Nielson led the Buffs with 21 kills and 19 digs, Kristin Engelking finished with 17 kills in 31 attempts, Elizabeth Gower contributed 14 kills in 30 attempts (.333 percentage) and a match-high 20 digs, Shana Bowen added 13 kills and Meghan Barkman tallied 10 kills and 11 digs. Setter Kelly Campbell finished with 75 assists and 12 digs.

Texas Tech is next in action on Saturday evening when it hosts Iowa State (0-5 Big 12, 2-10) at 7:30 p.m. at Lubbock?s Coronado High School. The Cyclones lost to Nebraska in Ames tonight 15-0, 15-2, 15-0.


Ann Romjue's 24 digs Saturday evening at Kansas were a career-high for the six-foot freshman. Her former career high was 21 digs in a four-game match against New Mexico on Sept. 3, 1999. Upon entering the weekend, Romjue was ranked second in the Big 12 Conference in digs at 3.76. Her 24 digs against Kansas improved her per game average to 3.92 dpg.


Including the past match at No. 21 Colorado, Texas Tech concluded a stretch where it played five ranked teams in its last seven matches. The stretch began against No. 25 Loyola Marymount, New Mexico, then three consecutive contests against the likes of No. 4 Nebraska, No. 24 Kansas State and No. 16 Texas A&M followed by a match at Kansas and No. 20 Colorado.


Senior Lori Garber needs only nine total blocks to crack the Texas Tech school list for career blocks. Currently Garber has 205 career blocks while the low player on the school list is Sheila Solomon (1987-90) with 202 total. She is ranked 16th in that category. Additionally, Garber is tied for 12th all-time in the school records for career solo blocks with 43.

KANSAS HANDS TEXAS TECH DEFEAT...Jayhawks come away with 16-14, 12-15, 16-14, 15-5 victory

LAWRENCE, Kansas - Kansas earned a game three victory and took advantage of the momentum in registering a 16-14, 12-15, 16-14, 15-5 win against Texas Tech Saturday evening at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The loss drops Texas Tech to 10-6 overall and 0-4 in the Big 12 Conference while Kansas improves to 11-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12.

Kansas, led by Mary Beth Albrecht's 23 kills and .340 hitting outblocked Tech 19-10 and outhit the Red Raiders .182 (74-35-214) to .163 (72-38-209).

Freshman Jenny Donohoo and freshman Ann Romjue both led Texas Tech with 13 kills apiece. Romjue collected a career-high 24 digs while Donohoo racked up 14. Junior Colleen Smith totaled 12 kills while junior Yolanda Cumbess finished with 10 kills in 16 attempts (.500 hitting percentage).

In game one, Tech jumped on top early with a 6-3 lead on three straight points but the Jayhawks rallied back to tie at 8-8 with four points of their own. Tech then regained the lead with consecutive kills from Yolanda Cumbess and Jenny Donohoo but Kansas rallied for a 12-10 lead and held on to register a 16-14 first game win, it's first against Tech since 1995.

Tech jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in game two but Kansas rallied to within a 12-10 deficit. Texas Tech registered a 15-12 win after taking advantage of a block assist from Ann Romjue and Yoland Cumbess and three KU attack errors.

Texas Tech came out blazing in game three as the Red Raiders built a 7-1 lead on two kills from Jenny Donohoo, two blocks and a Kate Jury service ace. But Kansas was not done. The Jayhawks battled back to a 13-13 tie and rallied to win 16-14 to go up 2-1 in the match.

Kansas used that momentum in jumping out to a 9-1 game four lead. Tech then battled back to within 9-5, the closest it would get as Kansas scored the next six points for a 15-5 win.

The match marked the first time the Red Raiders lost to Kansas in the four-year history of the Big 12 Conference. Prior to the matchup Texas Tech had won seven straight vs. the Jayhawks.




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