Texas Tech University - La Ventana Yearbook (Lubbock, TX)

 - Class of 1985

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Volleyball Record Opponent Match Record Angelo State University . . 3-0 Baylor University .. 2-0 Boise State University .. 0-1 Eastern Illinois University . . . .. 1-0 East Texas State University. . .. 1-0 Houston, University of .. 2-0 Idaho, University of . . 1-0 New Mexico, University of . . .. 1-0 New Orleans, University of . . .. 1-0 Oklahoma, University of .. 2-0 Oregon, University of ..0-1 Rice University .. 2-1 Southwestern University .. 1-0 Southwest Texas State University .. 1-0 Texas A M University ..0-2 Texas Lutheran University . . . ..0-1 Texas, University of .. 0-2 Utah, University of . . 0-1 Weber State University .. 1-0 West Texas State University . ..5-0 WyoiTiing, University of .. 1-0 Totals . . 25-9 Murk Maniuniii Kelley Bronk, a freshman from Arvada, Colo., records a block against Southwest Texas State as teammate Debbie Crown watches. The Raiders defeated the Bob- cats en route to a 25-9 season record. ;j Second team AII-SWC selection Debbie Vela kills a 2 shot against West Texas State in the Texas Tech Quad- rangular. Tech won the game and the Quadrangular. VolleybaU — 99

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Raider spikers earn respectability with impressive showings Squad third in SWC The Texas Tech women ' s volleyball team started out the year hoping to earn a degree of respectability in the Southwest Confer- ence. The Raiders ended the year as one of the conference ' s premier teams and im- proved their record from 2-8 (fifth place) a year ago to 6-4 and a third-place finish this year. Tech ' s volleyball team began the year by hosting its own four-team tournament, the Texas Tech Quadrangular, and Tech took the title without losing a single contest. By the time Tech traveled to Provo, Utah, to compete in the Brigham Young Invitational, the Raiders had won six straight contests. The spikers ' six-game winning streak end- ed in the Brigham Young Invitational, a 20-team tourney that boasted two Top Twenty teams. Tech placed fourth, its best finish ever in the BYU event. Tech then competed in the Owl Classic in Karri Ohiand Karri Ohiand, a senior from Yuma High, led the SWC in blocks with an average of 1 .24 per game, good enough to earn her first team All-SWC honors. Ohiand held the SWC ' s single game blocking record with 12 (a feat she accomplished in 1983 against Baylor), and she blocked 1 1 against SWC cham- pion Texas this season. " I knew Karri would make the first team simply because she led the con- ference in blocking, " said Head Coach Janice Hudson, the SWC ' s Coach of the Year. " She was probably our most consistent player throughout the season. " Houston, where the Raiders managed to fin- ish third in the six-team tournament. Tech finished the tourney with a 3-2 record, and the three wins were the first victories in Houston for the Raider spikers in four years. The Raider volleyball team finished its pre-conference tournaments on a highly re- spectable note by capturing consolation in the University of Texas Avia Classic in Au- stin. The Raiders finished third and entered SWC competition with 16 notches in the win column. The spikers started the SWC season on a hot streak by defeating their first four SWC opponents and challenging Texas and Texas A M for the top spot in the conference. By the end of the SWC season, the spikers had not lost much ground in the conference standings, and their third-place finish was one of the top performances by a Tech ath- letic team during the year. Tech had nail-biters against both SWC leaders Texas and Texas A M and chal lenged the Aggies for second place down tc the last game of the year. The Raiders hac more than accomplished their goal of impro ving their record. With a 25-9 season record respectability was theirs for the taking, bu more important, the lady Raiders provec that they were a force to be reckoned wit! in the SWC. ■ " At times I felt we did not play to ou greatest potential, " team member Kelle; Bronk said. " But it was a rewarding season and our record shows we can be a stronj contender in the SWC. " — Tony Rentciii Stacy Blasingame, a sophomore middle blocker fror Perryton. registers a kill against the Texas Longhom in the game the Raiders hosted at the Rec Center. Texa beat the Raiders 2-1. 98 — Vollevball

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Injuries cause current talent to be shifted to Future hopes Tech ' s Goin " Band from Raiderland of past years may have a rival for the title of Tech ' s " travelingest " players. Coach Kathy Welter ' s women ' s softball squad played 45 games on the road in 1984-85. The team ' s NCAA season record was 21- 18, with an additional 10 games in the fall. Overall, the Raiders posted a 27-22 record, playing only four games at home. " Usually we will play a few more games than that here, " Welter said, " but this year we got rained out. " Still, the nearest Division I rival is 340 miles away, so the softball team spends much time on the road. Though hampered by injuries during the 1984-85 campaign, next season looks promising as Welter lost only one senior. Karen Hall, the starter at second base, finished her collegiate career. The team played in six spring tournaments and finished second in New Mexico State ' s 22-team contest. Officially, that was the squad ' s best 1984-85 NCAA finish — but in the fall, at Western Illinois University, the Raiders won the Diamond Classic outright. The game is fast-pitch women ' s softball, and only Tech, Texas A M and Baylor field teams in the Southwest Conference; conse- quently. Welter admits a conference sched- ule may be a few years down the line. " There ' s been a lot of discussion about it, " she said. " But we haven ' t heard any- thing definite. I don ' t look for it within the next year or two, but we sure wish they (the conference) would recognize it. It would help with our scheduling. " The team plays mostly tournaments and spends most of its time on the road except for home stands against the University of New Mexico. Tech also plays UNM in Albu- querque, and " sometimes, " as Welter said. New Mexico State. The Raiders also spon- sored a tournament during the season. Roxanne Hantelmann proved to be the Raiders ' outstanding pitcher. Welter said the 5-6 right-hander did about half the Raid- er ' s pitching this season and finished the year with an 8-6 record. Hantelmann led the team with an earned run average of 1.15. Hantelmann, a junior, tr ansferred from I Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. In 1983- « 84, Crowder ' s softball team was second in I the nation among junior colleges. • Margie O ' Grodowicz, a freshman, was I voted the Most Valuable Player by her team- I mates team after hitUng .280 for the year. The 5-5 right-hander led the team with 16 runs. " Next year looks real good, " Welter said. Among next year ' s improvements will be free use of a field the Raiders can call their own. The travelingest team had no such facility, and a local television station aired a feature on Tech softball highlighting that fact. Use of a diamond at Reese Air Force Base was donated in response to the television report, giving the Raiders one of the best facilities anywhere in the Southwest. Dug- outs at the RAFB facility are covered; the field also offers lights in the event the Raid- ers need them for a night game. Parking space and spectator seats also are available at Reese. Catcher Shana Dosier will return to the Raiders, as will MVP O ' Grodowicz; also expected back are pitchers Hantelmann and Sherri Mach, a sophomore from Cypress whose spring ERA was 0.55. Roberta Mur- zyn, pitcher and DH from Albuquerque, also should be back. In the outfield, freshman Gerrie Herron should be back next year after hitting .294 last fall. Herron, from Sugarland Dulles, committed only one error in the eight fall games she played for Tech. Jamie Jollie, a junior range and wildlife major from Houston Spring Branch, hit .290 and is expected to return. So is sophomore Theresa Worstell from Houston Eisenhow- er, who hit .333 in 30 trips to the plate in the fall. Infielders expected back are Patricia Johnson, a sophomore from Houston Mount Carmel High whose career fielding average is .998; sophomore shortstop Sandy San- chez of Silver, N.M., who showed marked improvement every game and hit .273 in the fall; sophomore Sandra Trotter at third, leading the team for the fall with a .357 bat- ting average brought up from the . 1 72 hitting of her freshman season; and utility infielder Bobbie Sue Tucker, a freshman from Odes- sa Permian who hit .222 in the fall. — Sarah Luman Sandy Sanchez, a sophomore shortstop from Silver City High School in New Mexico, covers third base in an attempt to prevent the lead runner from advancing. A .jSs - Li " Kevin Bnnl U Kevin Brinkley 100 — Women ' s SoftbaM

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