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Tech Volleyball Prepares For Rival Texas




Oct. 30, 2000

Game Information: Texas vs. Texas Tech Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, 7 p.m. United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

Series Record: Texas leads the all-time series 50-8-2

Last Meeting: Texas Tech earned their first victory in Austin in over 23 years as the Red Raiders won in four games (15-8,13-15,15-11,15-10) on Sept. 23. The win was the first over Texas since the 1992 season when Tech took a match in Lubbock. Texas Tech was led by Colleen Smith's 19 kills and 10 digs. Melissa McGehee finished the match with 17 kills and 16 digs.

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

Nelson vs. Texas: Head coach Jeff Nelson is 1-10 against the Texas Longhorns.

Radio/Television/Webcast: None/Fox Sports Net/

Texas Tech's Last Outing: Texas Tech defeated UTEP in four games (15-8, 10-15, 15-5, 15-10)

Texas' Last Outing: The Longhorns defeated Baylor in Austin (15-8, 15-12, 15-8)


After a four-game win over UTEP, Texas Tech has now turned its focus to rival Texas. Texas Tech will be looking for a series sweep for the first time in school history. The Longhorns will enter the match with a 7-13 overall record and 6-7 mark in the Big 12.

Texas enters the match after defeating Baylor at home on Saturday. The win over Baylor marked the second win over the Bears this season giving Texas their first conference sweep. Texas beat Baylor in three games 15-8, 15-12, 15-8 to preserve their perfect home record against Baylor.

The Longhorns dropped out of the Top 25 early on in the season and have not made a push to enter the rankings since. However, over the last three matches the Horns have played much better volleyball as Texas became the only school in the Big 12 besides Texas Tech to win a game from Nebraska three matches ago. Since the Nebraska match, Texas has won two straight over Iowa State and Baylor.

Texas is led Kathy Tilson's 262 kills and 11 service aces. The defensive leader for Texas is Katia Lara who has 209 digs.


The Texas Tech volleyball team took a break from non-conference action on Monday night and came away victorious with a four-game win over UTEP at United Spirit Arena.

Tech won the first game of the match 15-8 but fell in the second 10-15 after falling behind 3-7 early in the game. Tech regrouped at the intermission and rattled off 15-5 and 15-10 wins to seal the match.

On the night, Texas Tech was led by Melissa McGehee and Colleen Smith who each tallied 18 kills.


Texas Tech's success on the court is also showing up in the NCAA statistical rankings. As of the Oct. 22 rankings, Texas Tech is listed in the top 20 in four categories as a team and has two individuals ranking in two categories.

TEAM RANKINGS (20) Kills (15) Assists (20) Digs (20) Won-Lost Percentage

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 on Oct. 18. 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 63 aces on the season which is best in the nation.


For Texas Tech, a win over Texas on Wednesday won't be just another ordinary win. A win over Texas is never ordinary but for the Red Raiders, a Wednesday night win would be very special. In the history of Texas Tech volleyball, the Red Raiders have never earned a season sweep of Texas. Tech went to Austin on Sept. 23 and earned their first win in Austin since 1977 and their first over Texas since the 1992 season.


Texas Tech has allowed its season hitting percentage to drop to a season low .235 after three-straight poor hitting matches in which Tech has hit under .200. Following Tech's match with Iowa State, the Red Raiders were hitting .247 on the year but have since dropped to .235 after hitting .197 against Baylor, .199 against Kansas State and .176 against UTEP. Colleen Smith leads the team with 384 kills (.255) and a 4.57 kills-per-game average.


Texas Tech seems destined to play long matches this season as the Red Raiders have played in six matches that went five games. Texas Tech is 4-2 in these matches with the two losses coming at home against Coloroado and at Kansas State.


Texas Tech's match with Texas will be televised on a tape-delay basis by Fox Sports Net. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest (Cox Cable Channel 20) on Sunday, Nov. 5.



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