Red Raider Volleyball to host Baylor and Kansas State
Weekly Texas Tech Volleyball Release
November 15, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech volleyball team returns home this week to play Baylor on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum and Kansas State on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Lubbock Civic Center. The Red Raiders enter the weekend schedule with a 19-10 overall record and 8-8 Big 12 Conference record. The Red Raiders defeated Baylor 3-0 in its the two teams first meeting and lost to nationally ranked Kansas State 3-0 in Manhattan on Oct. 17.
KANSAS STATE MATCH WILL BE PLAYED IN CIVIC CENTER
Due to a scheduling conflict, Friday's match against nationally ranked Kansas State will be played in the Lubbock Civic Center at 7 p.m.
NCAA SELECTION SHOW INFO
The NCAA selection show will take place Sunday, November 29, 1998. The show will broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. CT on satellite (Galaxy 6, Transponder 9-C bard, 99 degrees west). There will also be a media teleconference shortly afterward at 8 p.m. The Texas Tech volleyball team will gather at the Letterman's Lounge at the north end of Jones Stadium to watch the show. There will be a dinner at 6:45 p.m.
SENIOR DAY TO TAKE PLACE WEDNESDAY VS. BAYLOR- Red Raiders to honor its five seniors
Texas Tech will honor its five seniors- Kim Breitback, Lisa Hilgers, Kristen Holmes, Sonia Moric and Pam Osterfeld Wednesday evening before its match against Baylor at 7 p.m. Osterfeld is a senior by class standards and will graduate this December.
NO. 3 NU DEFEATS NO. 23 TECH 3-0- Cornhuskers use home court advantage for a 15-10, 15-5, 15-8 victory
LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 3 Nebraska used its home court advantage to defeat No. 23 Texas Tech 15-10, 15-5, 15-8 in front of 4,291 fans at Nebraska Coliseum. Nebraska (25-0, 16-0) held Texas Tech to .074 hitting, 54 digs and only one block. Texas Tech was led by Kristen Holmes' 10 kills and Lori Garber's 10 kills. Holmes also had a match-high 16 digs while freshman Skydra Orzen also contributed 10 digs. Nebraska finished the match with .266 hitting (54-17-139), 68 digs and 15 total team blocks. Two players hit double digits in kills for the Cornhuskers including Nancy Meendering (16 kills) and Tonia Tauke (13 kills).
NO. 15 COLORADO DEFEATS TTU 3-1- Red Raiders tied match at 1-1 but drop final two games
BOULDER, Colo. - No. 15 Colorado outlasted No. 23 Texas Tech 15-11, 5-15, 15-4, 15-6 Friday in Boulder. The victory improved Colorado to 19-4 overall and 12-3 in the Big 12 while Texas Tech dropped to 19-9 overall and 8-7 in the Big 12. Texas Tech dropped the first game but bounced back to win game two 15-5. The Red Raiders hit over .300 in both games one and two but failed to hit above .150 the rest of the way. Colorado placed five players in double-digit kills. Courtney Owens finished with 20 kills and a match-high 20 digs while Kristin Dorsch (18 kills), Tegan Lynch (17 kills),Sarah Lodge (17 kills) and Shana Bowen (14 kills) all placed in double digits. For Texas Tech, Lori Garber hit .457(23-2-46) and finished with a career-high 23 kills along with four blocks. Courtney Putnam finished with 22 kills in 54 attempts along with a season-high 15 digs, Skydra Orzen added a career-high 13 digs and Lisa Hilgers had a season-high 71 assists and nine digs. Kristen Holmes chipped in 13 kills and 13 digs and Heather Hughes finished with eight kills and 5 digs. Texas Tech hit .313 in game one, .322 in game two, then dropped off to .114 in game three and .049 in game four. The Red Raiders outdug Colorado 78-74 and hit .223 (83-26-211) compared to CUs .276 hitting (95-32-228).
HILGERS TO BREAK TTU CAREER GAMES PLAYED RECORD
Senior four-year starter Lisa Hilgers needs only three more games played this week to break the TTU career games played. She will break Courtney Thames' record of 449 games played. Hilgers currently has 447 career games played.
ALL RED RAIDER LOSSES HAVE COME TO RANKED TEAMS
All 10 of Texas Tech's losses this season have come at the hands of ranked teams. Texas Tech is 1-10 against ranked teams. The lone victory was against Texas A&M. The Red Raiders have played four matches against teams in the top-10 (UC-Santa Barbara, BYU, Nebraska twice). The fact that Texas Tech has no "bad" losses and the fact that the Raiders have one of the toughest schedules in the nation will work in Tech's favor when the NCAA Tournament field is selected.
RED RAIDERS EARN FIRST TOP-25 WIN
With the 3-1 victory at No. 19 Texas A&M on Sunday, Texas Tech earned its first victory over a nationally ranked opponent on the season. Prior to Sunday's contest, the Red Raiders were 0-8 vs. ranked teams. The positive side of that is that the Red Raiders have no "bad" losses.
HUGHES BREAKS SOPHOMORE SEASON ACE RECORD HELD FOR 13 YEARS
Heather Hughes broke the Texas Tech sophomore season service aces record Saturday against Kansas. She now has 35 service aces on the season for 0.41 aces per game. She eclipsed Mary Loescher's former mark of 34 set 13 years ago, way back in 1985.
PLAYERS AMONG SCHOOL LEADERS
Several Texas Tech Red Raiders are approaching rankings among school leaders in several categories. As of the Kansas State match, Courtney Putnam (641 kills) and Kristen Holmes (591 kills) are close to making the career kill list. Both Putnam (1766 attacks) and Holmes (1792) are approaching the career attacks list, Holmes (797 digs) needs a few more digs to place among career dig leaders, Lisa Hilgers (1148 assists) is already ranked eighth on the season assists list and Sonia Moric (182 block assists) is close to being ranked among career block assist leaders. Moric (220 blocks) is ranked14th in career total blocks and Heather Hughes (69 career/36 season service aces) will surely place among lists for both categories before the season ends. Lisa Hilgers, who is the career leaderin assists (5568) and career digs (1524), has improved in career service aces. She now has 104 and is in sixth place on the list.
RED RAIDER STARTING LINEUPS
The following are Texas Techs totals for most starts: Lisa Hilgers-29; Heather Hughes-29; Kristen Holmes-29; Courtney Putnam 28; Lori Garber-18; Sonia Moric-13; Natalie Rives-11; Skydra Orzen-11; Emily Brengman-3; ; Pam Osterfeld-1; Kim Breitbach-1.