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Tech Prepares For Crucial Week In The Big 12




Nov. 13, 2000

Game Information: Texas Tech vs. Colorado Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, 8 p.m. (CT) Coors Event Center, Boulder, Colo.

Series Record: Colorado leads the all-time series 8-1

Last Meeting: Texas Tech entered the match with Colorado on Oct. 7 with a 16-1 record and was looking to earn Tech's second-ever win over Colorado. With Texas Tech leading most of the match, the Buffaloes seized some late momentum to upset Texas Tech in five games (13-15, 15-9, 15-6, 17-19, 6-15). Sophomore Melissa McGehee paced Texas Tech with 25 kills and 17 digs.

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

Nelson vs. Colorado: Head coach Jeff Nelson is 1-8 against the Colorado Buffaloes.

Radio/Television/Webcast: None/None/None

Texas Tech's Last Outing: Texas Tech swept the Oklahoma Sooners(15-4, 15-1, 15-1).

Colorado's Last Outing: The Buffaloes beat Baylor in Waco (15-7, 8-15, 15-8, 15-10).


Texas Tech will travel to Boulder, Colo. on Wednesday for the first of two crucial Big 12 matches this week. Texas Tech will take on Colorado at the Coors Event Center at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night. Texas Tech will be looking for their first win over Colorado since the 1997 season and just the second win overall for the program.

Since Tech's last meeting with Colorado, the Buffaloes have made a complete turnaround going 6-3 with their losses coming to Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas State.

Colorado is currently in sixth place in the league standings with a record of 9-7. Texas Tech sits just ahead of Colorado in fifth place with a conference record of 10-6.

The Buffaloes are led by Sonja Nielsen who has 320 kills and 307 digs. Colorado is coached by Pi' I Aiu.


The Texas Tech volleyball team earned their 22nd win of the season by demolishing the Oklahoma Sooners in three games on Saturday night in Norman, Okla.

In what was Texas Tech's most convincing win of the season, Texas Tech held the Sooners to just five total points in the match. Thanks to a win over the Sooners, the Red Raiders completed the week with a perfect 2-0 record to put themselves in position to move up in the league standings.

On the night, Texas Tech was led by senior outside hitter Colleen Smith who paced the Red Raiders with 16 kills on 28 attacks with one error for a .536 hitting percentage. Sophomore Melissa McGhee finished the evening with nine kills and 13 digs.


Texas Tech's success on the court is also showing up in the NCAA statistical rankings. As of the Nov. 7 rankings, Texas Tech has two individuals ranking among the nation's Top 20 in two categories. Texas Tech is also ranked as a team in two categories.

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (6) Assists, Skydra Orzen (2) Service Aces, Heather Hughes-Justice

TEAM RANKINGS (16) Assists (18) Digs


Texas Tech junior outside hitter Heather Hughes-Justice moved up a spot in this week's NCAA individual standings. Last week, Hughes-Justice lost her No. 1 ranking and fell to third in the national standings. Hughes-Justice currently has 69 aces on the year.


Texas Tech will travel to Boulder on Wednesday where they will be searching for their first win this season over the Buffaloes and just the second in school history. Texas Tech's lone win over Colorado came on Oct. 24, 1997 when Tech upset the 20th ranked Buffaloes on their home court in Boulder. Colorado upset Texas Tech earlier in the season in five games at the United Spirit Arena.


With two very impressive hitting performances this past week over Kansas and Oklahoma, the Red Raiders are now hitting .247 on the season Tech entered Wednesday's match against Kansas hitting .238 on the year after suffering through a two week hitting slump. Against the Jayhawks, Tech hit an impressive .404 and then turned in a .462 performance against Oklahoma marking two straight matches in which Tech hit over .400. Tech's .404 hitting against Kansas was the first time this year that the Red Raiders hit .400 against a conference opponent.


Texas Tech senior outside hitter Colleen Smith became Texas Tech's single-season kill leader on Wednesday night against the University of Kansas. Smith entered the match needing just 12 kills to surpass the 431 mark set by Brande Brown during the 1996 season. With Texas Tech ahead 12-5 in game-two, Smith hammered a ball to the right side of the Kansas court to give her 12 kills and a spot in Tech volleyball history. On the season, Smith has a total of 456 kills and is just one of three players to tally over 400 kills in one season.


Junior setter Skydra Orzen has her eyes set on that "deluxe apartment in the sky." Orzen is having an outstanding season for Texas Tech as she has totaled 1,381 assists which is sixth-best in the nation. Orzen needs just 13 assists to tie the 1,394 mark she set last season and is just 49 assists away from breaking into the third spot on the all-time single-season record book. With her career 2,866 assists, Orzen is now fourth on the career chart behind Lisa Hilgers, Ginger Carter and Sheila Solomon.


Texas Tech enters the week following two needed wins over Kansas and Oklahoma to help keep the Red Raiders in position to move up in the league standings. Texas Tech faces two big challenges this week in Colorado and No. 24 Texas A&M. The Red Raiders went 0-2 against Colorado and Texas A&M in the first half of league play. Two wins this week would move Tech up as high as third in the league standings with two matches remaining in the season. Following this week, Texas Tech will travel to No. 1 Nebraska and then close out the regular season against Iowa State on Nov. 25. For Texas Tech to have any hopes of hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, they must win both matches this week.



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