Texas Tech Shocks No. 20 Kansas State on Senior Night
Nov. 17, 2012
Backed by Cave's 13 kills and six digs from Vaughan, Texas Tech upended 20th-ranked Kansas State, 3-1 (25-20, 15-25, 25-22, 25-23), Saturday evening, giving the Red Raiders their first win over a ranked opponent since 2004.
"To beat a nationally-ranked team that last year was in the Sweet 16 is huge for our program," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "This starts that measuring stick and allows us to know that what we're doing is totally worth it. This is a real blessing and real tribute to the effort of these players."
On a night where Cave's offense was instrumental, it was a defensive dig that sealed the victory for the Red Raiders (14-16; 3-11).
With Tech leading 2-1 overall and facing match point, Rachel Brummitt scooped up a Kansas State block just before it hit the floor and sent the ball back an empty back corner to prevent the Wildcats from rallying once again in the fourth set.
It was the most important play on the night for Brummitt, who finished with a match-high 15 digs, as Kansas State (21-7; 8-7) had previously overcome a 21-18 lead in the fourth frame and even lead, 23-22, late.
"We call that the mystery play in volleyball," said Flora, who is now 12-1 over two season when leading 2-1 in a match. "Rachel has made tremendous plays all season and those defensive plays sometimes go unnoticed. That one was massive."
While Brummitt's dig sealed the victory, Tech's efforts at the net frustrated the K-State attack enough to hit only .177 on the night as the Red Raiders led 14.5-12.0 in blocks. Tech compiled a .164 average of its own.
Brianna Grant led Tech with a career-high nine blocks while Cave and Breeann David added seven and five stuffs each as well. Grant came close to a double-double as she also helped power the attack in the middle with 10 kills and a .333 hitting percentage, both personal bests.
Kathleen Ludwig led three K-State players in double figures as she connected on 15 kills while Courtney Traxson added 12 and Alex Muff recorded 10. Muff also added seven blocks for the Wildcats.
The Red Raiders, who nearly topped Kansas State earlier this year in Manhattan before falling in five sets, had not previously defeated a top-25 team since defeating the then-20th ranked Wildcats on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan.
Tech closes out its home schedule next Wednesday when Baylor travels to Lubbock for a 6 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. The match will be aired nationally on FOX College Sports.