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Tech Prepares for Crucial Battle With Kansas State




Oct. 26, 2000

Game Information: Texas Tech vs. Kansas State Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000 Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, Kansas

Series Record: Kansas State leads the all-time series 7-6

Last Meeting: Texas Tech opened the 2000 Big 12 home campaign with a Kansas State team that was ranked 22nd on Sept. 20. Texas Tech was able to pull out a five-game win (15-6, 15-17, 15-8, 14-16, 22-20) to even its Big 12 record at 1-1. Texas Tech was led by sophomore Melissa McGehee who had 21 kills and 21 digs. Colleen Smith and Janelle Jones each tallied double-doubles in the match.

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

Nelson vs. Kansas State: Head coach Jeff Nelson is 4-5 against the Kansas State Wildcats.

Radio/Television/Webcast: None/None/

Texas Tech's Last Outing: Texas Tech defeated Baylor in five games in Lubbock(15-9, 11-15, 5-15, 20-18, 15-11).

Kansas State's Last Outing: The Wildcats lost to Baylor in Waco (15-12, 9-15, 16-14, 12-15, 10-15)


Texas Tech returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Kansas State Wildcats. Texas Tech was off on Wednesday night. The Wildcats will enter the match with Texas Tech fresh off a loss to the Baylor Bears while Texas Tech enters the match following a win over Baylor last Saturday.

Since Tech's last meeting with Kansas State on Sept. 20, the Wildcats have gone 6-3 with losses coming to Missouri, No. 1 Nebraska and Baylor.

The Wildcats went five games with Baylor on Wednesday night in Waco before falling to the Bears 3-2. Baylor got 25 kills from Stevie Nicholas and 18 from Tatiana Kenon. Kansas State was led by Liz Wegner who tallied 20 kills.

The Wildcats are led by Liz Wegner's 361 kills and 151 digs. The defensive leader is Jenny Pollard who has 217 digs on the year. The Wildcats are one of the top drawing teams in the conference with an average home crowd of 1,208.


The Texas Tech Red Raiders got some much needed revenge over Baylor last Saturday as Tech won the match 3-2 to improve to 18-4 on the year and 7-4 in the Big 12.

Texas Tech seemed to be destined to another loss to the Bears this season when Baylor took a 2-1 lead going into the fourth game. Texas Tech was able to rally in the fourth game and win 20-18. Using the momentum from that fourth game, Tech was able to finish off the Bears 15-11 in game-five. Texas Tech was led by Melissa McGehee who tallied 21 kills and 21 digs.


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. 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 60 aces on the season which is best in the nation.


Sophomore outside hitter Melissa McGehee has had some pretty good luck this season against Big 12 opponents with the number 21. In two different Big 12 matches this year, McGehee has tallied 21 kills and 21 digs to lead the Red Raiders. Both matches have come in five game sets against Kansas State and Baylor. McGhee is second on the team with 312 kills and has 294 digs.


Texas Tech had improved its season hitting percentage after a three-game win over Iowa State last week but Tech watched that percentage drop following a five-game win over Baylor this past Saturday. Despite winning the match, Tech lost the hitting percentage battle .220 to .164. Tech's .164 percentage was the second lowest of the season. Texas A&M held the Red Raiders to a season low .103 on Oct. 11. Texas Tech holds a 19-3 edge in the first game of matches this season and has outscored opponents 314 to 192. Texas Tech is 4-1 in the fifth game of matches this season.


Texas Tech seems destined to play long matches this season as the Red and Black have played in five matches that went five games. The good news for Texas Tech is that they have only lost one of those matches. The lone five-game loss came at the hands of Colorado when the Buffaloes posted a 3-2 win in Lubbock on Oct. 7. All of these five-game matches have come in Big 12 play.



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