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Tech Invades Show-Me-State For Weekend Showdown With No. 24 Missouri




Nov. 2, 2000

Game Information: Texas Tech vs. No. 24 Missouri Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, 7 p.m. Hearnes Center, Columbia, Mo.

Series Record: Texas Tech leads the all-time series 10-0

Last Meeting: Texas Tech gave the Missouri Tigers their second loss of the season when the two teams met back on Sept. 27 in Lubbock. The game went five sets before Texas Tech was able to pull off the win 15-11, 7-15, 16-14, 14-16, 15-12. Senior Colleen Smith led Texas Tech with 26 kills and 12 digs while sophomore Melissa McGehee finished with 24 kills and 16 digs.

Rankings: Texas Tech (None), Missouri (N0. 24 AVCA)

Nelson vs. Missouri: Head coach Jeff Nelson is 10-0 against the Missouri Tigers.

Radio/Television/Webcast: None/None/None

Texas Tech's Last Outing: Texas Tech defeated Texas in three games (15-8, 15-7, 15-5).

Missouri's Last Outing: The Tigers defeated Baylor in Waco (15-11, 15-12, 15-6).


Texas Tech will travel to Columbia, Mo. over the weekend to face a dangerous Missouri Tiger squad. Texas Tech will enter the match fresh off the heels of a three-game win over rival Texas on Wednesday evening in Lubbock while Missouri enters the match coming off a three-game win at Baylor.

The Tigers are 19-4 on the season and have gone 7-2 since the two teams last met on Sept. 27. The Tigers are currently tied for second place with Texas A&M after the Aggies fell to Colorado in three games on Wednesday.

The Tigers are hitting .292 on the season and .250 in the Big 12. They are currently on a two-game win streak after posting wins over Iowa State and Baylor. Prior to this two-game streak, the Tigers dropped two straight matches for the first time this season to Nebraska and Texas A&M.

Leading the Tigers is Lisa Morris who has 318 kills on the year to go along with 212 digs.


The Texas Tech volleyball team earned their 20th win of the season by rolling over rival Texas (15-8, 15-7, 15-5) before a Fox Sports Net audience on Wednesday evening at United Spirit Arena.

With the win, Texas Tech (20-5, 8-5) earned their first-ever sweep of Texas (7-14) since the two programs began play in the NCAA.

Texas Tech, at one point, went on a 22-2 scoring run which completely took Texas out of the match. On the night, Texas Tech was led by senior Colleen Smith who finished the night with 18 kills on 37 attempts with three errors for a percentage of .405.


Texas Tech's success on the court is also showing up in the NCAA statistical rankings. As of the Oct. 29 rankings, Texas Tech has two individuals ranking among the nation's Top 20 in two categories.

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (7) Assists, Skydra Orzen (3) Service Aces, Heather Hughes-Justice


Texas Tech junior outside hitter Heather Hughes-Justice has fallen to third in the national standings for service aces. Hughes-Justice occupied the top spot for four consecutive weeks. Leading the nation in this week's, standings is Veatrice Green (Norfolk State) who has 28 aces in 32 games for an average of 0.88. Kelly Weiler from South Alabama is in second with 65 aces in 87 games for an average of 0.75. Hughes-Justice comes in third with an average of 0.73. The standings are based on per-game average not total number.


For the first time since the Texas and Texas Tech volleyball teams began competition as part of the NCAA, Texas Tech earned its first-ever season sweep of Texas. Not only did Tech sweep the Longhorns but they did so in convincing fashion. Texas Tech dropped just one game to the Longhorns in both matches as Texas took game-two of the match played in Austin. Texas Tech dominated the Horns in three games on Wednesday night in Lubbock.


Thanks to an outstanding hitting performance by Texas Tech on Wednesday night, the Red Raiders were able to improve their season hitting percentage to .238. Texas Tech had allowed its season hitting percentage to drop to a season low .235 after three-straight poor hitting matches in which Tech hit under .200. Following Tech's match with Iowa State, the Red Raiders were hitting .247 on the year but dropped to .235 after hitting .197 against Baylor, .199 against Kansas State and .176 against UTEP. Colleen Smith leads the team with 402 kills (.260) and a 4.62 kills-per-game average.


Texas Tech senior outside hitter Colleen Smith became just the third player at Texas Tech to achieve 400 kills in a single-season. Brande Brown holds the Texas Tech record for kills in a single-season after she tallied 431 back in 1997. Jill Burness finished the 1996 season with 427. Colleen Smith has 402 kills on the season which is good for third on the all-time chart.


Senior Janelle Jones set a career-high on Wednesday night when she tallied five solo blocks against Texas. Jones' previous high was three solo blocks set back on Sept. 1, 1999, against New Mexico State. Jones is tied with Colleen Smith for the team lead as both have 22 on the year.


Sophomore Melissa McGehee has taken over the sophomore record for kills in a single-season. Currently, McGehee has 356 kills kills on the year which surpasses Sabrina Zenon's mark of 314 during the 1989 season. McGehee needs just 79 digs to tie the all-time sophomore record for digs in a single-season.


Junior setter Skydra Orzen is in having an outstanding season for Texas Tech as she has totaled 1,246 assists which is seventh best in the nation. Orzen needs just 148 assists to tie the 1,394 mark she set last season and is just 185 assists away from breaking into the third spot on the all-time single season record book. With her career 2,731 assists, Orzen is now fourth on the career chart behind Lisa Hilgers, Ginger Carter and Sheila Solomon.



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