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Three Volleyball Student-Athletes Make All-Big 12




Nov. 26, 2000

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech volleyball team placed three student athletes on the 2000 All-Big 12 Volleyball team, the Big 12 Conference announced today.

Junior defensive specialist Heather Hughes-Justice of Scottsdale, Ariz., earned the leagues first-ever Defensive Specialist of the Year award. Hughes-Justice tallied 310 digs on the year in the back row and racked up 72 service aces. Hughes-Justice has been at the top of the national standings all season long in service aces and currently sits in second place.

Senior Colleen Smith and sophomore Melissa McGehee were named to the All-Big 12 First-Team after turning in stellar performances this season. Smith became Texas Tech's all-time single-season kill leader with 533 kills and became the first player at Texas Tech to hit 500 kills in a single-season. Smith was a strong force for the Red Raider offense as she tallied a 4.76 kill-per-game average and 96 total blocks.

Melissa McGehee turned a few heads in her first season as a starter for the Red Raiders as she piled up 455 kills and 438 digs. McGehee became the first player at Texas Tech to tally 400 kills and 400 digs in the same season. McGehee finished the regular season with a 3.92 kill per game average and garnered 60 total blocks.

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM: Laura Pilakowski, Nebraska: Amber Holmquist, Nebraska: Liz Wegner, Kansas State: Jenny Kropp, Nebraska: Jenna Moscovic, Texas A&M: Erin Gibson, Texas A&M: Colleen Smith, Texas Tech: Kelle Branting, Kansas State: Stevie Nicholas, Baylor: Elizabeth Gower, Colorado: Lisa Morris, Missouri: Melissa McGehee, Texas Tech

Coach of the Year: Susan Kreklow, Missouri: Player of the Year: Greichaly Cepero, Nebraska: Newcomer of the Year: Tara Pulaski, Texas A&M: Freshman of the Year: Stevie Nicholas, Baylor: Def. Specialist of the Year: Heather Hughes-Justice, TTU



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