After 20 Hours Lady Raider Volleyball Makes it to Denver

October 12, 2001 · MT Media Relations
Denver, CO - After 20 hours Middle Tennessee volleyball finally made it to Denver, CO at 2 a.m. mountain time for their match with Sun Belt Conference foe Denver University today at 7 p.m.

The Lady Raiders were on their plane bound for Houston, TX for seven hours yesterday as the plane had to re-fuel in New Orleans and then circle around Houston waiting for the storms and tornados to pass. When the plane finally did land they had missed their connection to Denver and head coach Lisa Kissee and assistant coach Tara Miller spent three hours trying to find a flight to Denver.

Finally the team was booked on a flight for St. Louis that would then take them to Denver. To follow the theme of the day, the plane to St. Louis was late and it was uncertain if the team would make their connection. Luck was on their side, finally, as TWA held the plane for the Lady Raiders, and after a refreshing sprint at 11 p.m. through the concourse, the team made the flight.

The last time Denver and Middle Tennessee met was last November 17, when the Lady Raiders knocked the Lady Pioneers out of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament 3-2. Middle Tennessee's Caia Morstad and Erin Hillstrom each had 13 kills in the match and Morstad also had 24 digs.

The 2000 season was the first and second meeting for Denver and Middle Tennessee with each team taking one match. Setter Kelly Quinn needs just 96 assists to take over third place in the Middle Tennessee volleyball record books for assists.

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