A Look Back: 2012 The Moments - No. 1|
The Red Raiders picked up their first marque victory in the Don Flora era on Nov. 17 against K-State.
Aug. 9, 2013
In a special weeklong series we take a look back at the top-five moments from the 2012 Texas Tech volleyball season where the Red Raiders continued their rise back to prominence under Don Flora. This week, we reflect on the individual moments that made the 2012 season special.
Texas Tech opens the 2013 season Aug. 30 at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Weber State. The Red Raiders will face both Seattle and UC Riverside on the opening day before closing the two-day event against Grand Canyon and the host Wildcats.
Texas Tech Shocks No. 20 K-State on Senior Night
Nov. 17, 2012 - Texas Tech vs. No. 20 Kansas State
Backed by Cave's 13 kills and six digs from Vaughan, Texas Tech upended 20th-ranked Kansas State, 3-1, on Nov. 17 for its 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 at the time. "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."
The Red Raiders used their defense to frustrate the Wildcats on the evening with Tech collecting 14.5 blocks, including a career-high nine from Brianna Grant, while Rachel Brummitt recorded a match-high 15 digs from the back row.
It was Brummitt's final dig that sealed the victory, though. With Tech facing match point, the sophomore libero scooped up a Kansas State block just before it hit the floor and sent the ball back over the net and into an empty back corner.
Tech won the final three points in the fourth set after K-State overcame a 21-18 deficit to eventually lead 23-22 late. The two teams had previously split the opening two frames.
The Red Raiders had not previously defeated a top-25 team since defeating then-20th ranked Kansas State on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan. It was Tech's first victory over a ranked opponent at home since topping No. 21 Missouri on Oct. 5, 2002.