Big 12 honors Tigers’ Hunter

Tuesday, September 6, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:19 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

Missouri senior setter Lindsey Hunter was named Big 12 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, and the Tigers (2-0) moved up from No. 21 to the No. 14 spot in the national coaches’ poll Monday.

In MU’s first two matches Hunter averaged 16.7 assists and 1.83 digs to lead the team to the title of the Tiger Invitational. Hunter was named Most Valuable Player for the invitational.

It was the first time Hunter has been named player of the week. Shen Danru, a senior outside hitter, was the last Tiger to receive the honor in September of 2003.

The Tigers new ranking is the highest in school history. The Tigers’ previous high ranking was No. 18 in 2003. The Tigers defeated then-No. 9 Tennessee in the invitational’s title match, dropping it to No. 16 in the poll.

There are five Big 12 teams in the poll: No. 1 Nebraska (4-0); No. 13 Texas A&M (5-0); No. 14 MU (2-0); No. 17 Texas (1-1); and No. 24 Kansas State (5-0).

DEUTSCHE BANK CLASSIC: Despite failing to keep his PGA Tour card the past two years, Olin Browne never doubted he could still compete with the best players. Now he has a victory to show for it, closing with a 4-under 67 on Monday to win the Deutsche Bank Classic.

Browne emerged from a five-way tie for the lead to build a three-shot advantage on the back nine. And with Jason Bohn closing fast, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to restore his cushion.

Bohn needed an eagle on the par-5 18th to force a playoff, but his fairway metal from the right rough sailed to the right of the green, and his chip never had a chance. Bohn settled for a birdie and a 68 to finish one shot behind.

“It’s been so long,” said Browne, who won for the first time since the 1999 Colonial. “I’m speechless.”

Browne finished at 14-under 270 and earned $990,000, more than he had made in any of his 11 previous years on the PGA Tour. More importantly, it gave the 46-year-old Browne a two-year exemption on tour.

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