Texas Tech Volleyball Ends Season With 23-11 Record, 3-2 Loss to Ohio State

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December 6, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech completed its 1998 season last Thursday with a 15-12, 15-13, 10-15, 3-15, 10-15 loss to Ohio State (17-13) in the first round of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament. The Red Raiders ended their season with a 23-11 overall record, the same record as in 1997.

The nationally ranked Texas Tech volleyball team received a bid to play in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons since head coach Jeff Nelson arrived as head coach. Florida won the First and Second Rounds with a 3-1 victory against Ohio State on Friday.

Texas Tech finished tied for fifth in the Big 12 Conference standings.

TECH IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT ·Head coach Jeff Nelson made third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years as head coach. He is 1-3 in NCAA Tournament matches. He has also led Texas Tech to four straight 20+ win seasons.

·Texas Tech appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the 1990s. Prior to this season, Texas Tech volleyball has competed in the NCAA Tournament in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 1998. ·Texas Techs overall record in NCAA Tournament games is 3-6 overall. ·Texas Tech has never advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. It has advanced to the second round game three times in its NCAA history (1990, 1991 and 1995). ·Texas Tech entered the NCAA Tournament on a four-match winning streak, its best win streak upon entering the NCAA Tournament since winning 11 straight upon entering the 1990 NCAA Tournament. The 1990 team finished the season 30-3.

RED RAIDERS FALL TO OHIO STATE...Texas Tech's season ends at 23-11

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Ohio State handed No. 22 Texas Tech a 3-2 defeat Thursday to end the Red Raiders' season at 23-11 overall. Ohio State advanced to play Florida, which defeated UT-Chattanooga 3-0 in the Second Round matchup.

Texas Tech jumped on top to win games one and two but Ohio State rallied in come-from-behind fashion to take the final three games and advance in the NCAA Tournament.

The match marked the first time Tech had played a five-game set this season.

The Red Raiders coasted to victory in game one 915-12) and came back from a 9-3 deficit to win game two 15-13. But Ohio State jumped out to a 9-2 early lead in game three to win a 15-11 contest. The Buckeyes outplayed Texas Tech in game four (15-3), then scored four straight points after a 7-7 tie to win game five 15-10 and the match.

Courtney Putnam led Texas Tech with a season-high 24 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Sonia Moric also chipped in 18 kills and a .424 hittin gpercentage (18-4-33) while Kristen Holmes added 18 kills and 13 digs. Setter Lisa Hilgers finished the match with 66 assists, six kills and a match-high 19 digs.

The loss also marked the final matches for Texas Tech's five departing players.

TEXAS TECH AT FLORIDA...Nelson and Red Raiders to play at Florida for second time since 1995

The upcoming NCAA regional at the University of Florida will mark the second time Texas Tech has visited Gainesville in the NCAA Volleyball tournament. The first time was in 1995 when rookie head coach Jeff Nelson brought his Red Raiders into Gainesville for a second round matchup against the No. 1 ranked Gators.

Nelson's squad almost pulled off an amazing upset, giving the Gators all they could handle but losing in five games- 15-6, 15-13, 9-15, 5-15, 16-18.

"It was the best volleyball match I have ever seen," Nelson said. "I couldn't be more proud of the team and the way they played."

Texas Tech's 1998 squad features four senior players who made the trip that day to Gainesville including setter Lisa Hilgers, outside hitter Kristen Holmes, middle blocker Sonia Moric and defensive specialist Kim Breitbach.

TECH DOWNS OKLAHOMA 3-0...Red Raiders end regular season and enter NCAA Tournament on winning note

NORMAN, Okla. - Texas Tech ended its season with a 15-6, 15-9, 15-2 victory Saturday against Oklahoma at Norman North High School. Tech ends its regular season with a 23-10 overall record and 12-8 Big 12 record while Oklahoma finishes at 10-22 and 4-16 Big 12. The Red Raiders tied for fifth in the Big 12 Conference with Kansas State who both finished with identical 12-8 league records.

Senior outside hitter Kristen Holmes sparked Texas Tech with 14 kills in 22 attempts for .591 hitting percentage with eight digs and jjunior Lori Garber hit .500 for the second consecutive evening with 11 kills in 20 attempts. She also added a career-high three solo blocks.

Setter Lisa Hilgers contributed four kills, 33 assists and eight digs, outside hitter Courtney Putnam finished with a .444 hitting percentage (8-0-18), outside hitter Heather Hughes hit a career-high .308 (6-2-13) and Sonia Moric hit .778 (7-0-9).

Texas Tech, which finished off its regular season with four straight wins, hit .529 (50-4-87), its second-best hitting performance of the season and limited Oklahoma to .226 hitting (39-18-93).

RED RAIDERS DEFEAT KANSAS 3-0...Texas Tech hits .398 and limits Jayhawks to .093 hitting in 3-0 win

LAWRENCE, Kansas - Texas Tech used .398 hitting to defeat Kansas 15-8, 15-5, 15-6 Friday evening at Allen Fieldhouse. The victory improved Texas Tech to 22-10 overall and 11-8 in the Big 12. Kansas dropped to 15-16 overall and 5-14 in the Big 12.

Middle blocker Lori Garber finished with a match-high 14 kills and a .500 hitting percentage (14-3-22). Kristen Holmes added nine kills, Courtney Putnam contributed six kills and Sonia Moric had six kills. Texas Tech outdug Kansas 32-21 and outblocked the Jayhawks 8-4.

Tech won game one after hitting .467 and game three with .438 hitting. The Red Raiders limited Kansas to .093 hitting in the match (29-21-86).

HILGERS NAMED BIG 12 CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Hilgers earns honor for second time in career

Texas Tech senior setter Lisa Hilgers (Victoria, Minn./Chaska H.S.) was named the Big 12 Conference volleyball Player of the Week for the week beginning November 16. The honor marked Texas Techs first player to be named conference player of the week.

Hilgers, who earns the honor for the second time in her career (she was honored on Oct. 20-26, 1996), averaged 15.29 assists and 3.71 digs per game in the Red Raiders two wins against No. 17 Kansas State (3-1) and Baylor. The 5-foot-5 setter posted 62 assists, 12 digs and six kills in the win against Kansas State and notched 45 assists, 14 digs and five kills in the win over Baylor.

Hilgers also broke Texas Tech school records for career games played and assists for a senior. She now has 454 career games played and 5,675 career assists. Hilgers holds 14 Texas Tech school records.


Senior four-year starter Lisa Hilgers broke the Texas Tech career games played record Wednesday evening against Baylor. She needed only three games to break the record and did it in game three. Hilgers broke Courtney Thames' record of 449 games played. Hilgers currently has 454 career games played coupled with the four games against Kansas State Friday.


All 10 of Texas Tech's losses this season have come at the hands of ranked teams. With its win against No. 17 Kansas State on Friday, Texas Tech is 2-10 against ranked teams. The other victory came 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.


The 3-1 victory against No. 17 Kansas State Friday gave Texas Tech its second victory against a nationally ranked opponent on the season. The win marked the Red Raiders' victory against the highest ranked team on the season.


Heather Hughes broke the Texas Tech sophomore season service aces record against Kansas on Nov. 7. She eclipsed Mary Loescher's former mark of 34 set 13 years ago, way back in 1985.


The following are Texas Techs totals for most starts: Lisa Hilgers-34; Heather Hughes-34; Kristen Holmes-34; Courtney Putnam 33; Lori Garber-19; Sonia Moric-17; Skydra Orzen-16; Natalie Rives-11; Emily Brengman-3; ; Pam Osterfeld-1; Kim Breitbach-1.


Jeff Nelson and the Texas Tech volleyball program will hold its annual season awards banquet on Monday, December 7, 1998 in the Santa Fe Ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel located at 505 Avenue Q in Lubbock, Texas. The evening will begin at 7 p.m.

WHERE TEXAS TECH STANDS IN THE AVCA/USA TODAY COACHES POLL No. Date Points Place 1 Sept. 8 31 30th 2 Sept. 15 47 29th 3 Sept. 21 58 *25th 4 Sept. 29 57 26th 5 Oct. 6 68 26th 6 Oct. 13 36 26th 7 Oct. 19 10 28th 8 Oct. 27 21 28th 9 Nov. 3 106 *24th 10 Nov. 10 144 *23rd 11 Nov. 17 110 *24th 12 Nov. 24 224 *22nd 13 Dec. 1 220 *22nd *top-25 weeks

TTU IN THE DISTRICT 5 RANKINGS No. Date Place 1 Sept. 22 6th 2 Oct. 6 6th 3 Oct. 20 6th 4 Nov. 3 5th 5 Nov. 17 5th




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