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Tech Returns Home To Battle Kansas




Nov. 7, 2000

LUBBOCK, Texas - Game Information: Kansas vs. Texas Tech Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, 7 p.m. United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

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

Last Meeting: Texas Tech was able to pull off a five-game win (15-11, 5-15, 7-15, 15-12, 15-6) last time around when these two teams met in Lawrence on Sept. 30. Texas Tech avenged two losses to the Jayhawks in 1999 with the victory. The Raiders were led by Colleen Smith who tallied 24 kills and five digs. Heather Hughes-Justice led the defensive effort with 17 digs.

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

Nelson vs. Kansas: Head coach Jeff Nelson is 7-2 against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Radio/Television/Webcast: None/None/

Texas Tech's Last Outing: Texas Tech lost to No. 24 Missouri in three games (12-15, 10-15, 11-15).

Kansas' Last Outing: The Jayhawks defeated Baylor in three games (16-14, 15-6, 15-12).


Texas Tech returns home to the friendly confines of United Spirit Arena on Wednesday to play host to the Kansas Jayhawks. Texas Tech will be looking to put a three-game setback to Missouri behind them while Kansas will be looking to build upon a two-game win streak.

For the first time in Big 12 play this season, the Kansas Jayhawks have won back-to-back games thanks to wins over Iowa State and Baylor. The Jayhawks are 14-10 on the year and their 5-10 mark in Big 12 play has them sitting in ninth place in the league standings.

The Hawks began the stretch of games with Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Texas and Missouri in the first half of Big 12 play with a 2-3 loss at Baylor. Kansas went on to lose all five contests to give them a season high five-game losing streak.

Kansas is led by Amy Myatt who has 404 kills on the year and a hitting percentage of .288. Myatt averages 4.75 kills per game.


The Texas Tech volleyball team suffered just their second three-game sweep of the season at the hands of No. 24 Missouri on Saturday night in Columbia, Mo.

With the loss, Texas Tech fell to 20-6 on the season and 8-6 in the Big 12. Missouri improved to 20-4 and 11-4 in the league.

Senior outside hitter Colleen Smith paced the Red Raiders on the evening as she tallied 18 kills on 46 attempts for a hitting percentage of .304. Heather Hughes-Justice led the Texas Tech defensive effort as she finished the night with 14 digs.


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. She did not earn an ace in the match against Missouri on Saturday night which snapped a streak of 14 matches.


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 last Wednesday night in Lubbock.


Thanks to an outstanding hitting performance by Texas Tech on Wednesday night and an average .234 night on Saturday, 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 420 kills (.262) and a 4.67 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 after she tallied 18 against the Texas Longhorns. With another 18 kill performance on Saturday night against Missouri, Smith is just 12 kills away from setting a single-season kill record at Texas Tech. The current record is 431 set by Brande Brown during the 1997 season. Brown's 431 kills is also a senior season record.


Junior setter Skydra Orzen is having an outstanding season for Texas Tech as she has totaled 1,246 assists which is seventh-best in the nation. Orzen needs just 92 assists to tie the 1,394 mark she set last season and is just 129 assists away from breaking into the third spot on the all-time single season record book. With her career 2,787 assists, Orzen is now fourth on the career chart behind Lisa Hilgers, Ginger Carter and Sheila Solomon.


Texas Tech is on track to have its best overall season record since the 1996 season in which the Red Raiders went 25-9 which gained them a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Tech has six games left on the season and four of those games will be against teams ranked in the bottom half of the conference. Texas Tech can expect a tough road test at Colorado and Nebraska and will have a tough match at home against Texas A&M. The Red Raiders will look to finish strong in order to improve seeding for the NCAA Tournament as well as to possibly gain a bid to host the first and second rounds.



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