The Red Raiders host North Texas in a 2 p.m. match Monday afternoon at the United Spirit Arena.
Sept. 2, 2012
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LUBBOCK, Texas - After claiming the Lonestar Showdown title Saturday afternoon, Texas Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena court Monday afternoon to close its four-match homestand against North Texas. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
RED RAIDERS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2003
Texas Tech's 7-0 performance over the first two weeks mark the program's best start since the 2003 squad opened with eight-straight victories. The Red Raiders have started a season with seven-straight victories only once since 2000 and nine times in school history. Tech also opened the 2011 season with a solid start as the Red Raiders were 13-1 with the only loss coming in the season opener at TCU.
The Red Raiders travel to Missoula, Mont. this weekend to start a seven-match road trip at the Best Western Grant Creek Inn Invitational hosted by the University of Montana. Tech will face Towson, Furman, and the host Grizzlies during the two-day tournament that begins Friday evening.
THE NORTH TEXAS SERIES
Texas Tech has dominated the series with North Texas historically as the Red Raiders lead 19-1 after last season's 3-1 victory in Denton. This will be only the second match between the two schools played in Lubbock as the Red Raiders swept the Mean Green, 3-0, in their last visit on Sept. 14, 1996. The two schools have mainly met in neutral-site contests where the Red Raiders have held a 12-0 all-time advantage.
RED RAIDERS WIN LONESTAR SHOWDOWN CROWN
Texas Tech's success in tournament formats continued this past weekend as the Red Raiders defended their home floor to win the Lonestar Showdown title after sweeping both Texas-Pan American and San Jose State before holding off Northwestern State with a 3-1 victory in the finale. The Red Raiders are 38-9 during the Big 12 in home tournaments and 6-0 under head coach Don Flora, who has led Tech to its five tournament titles already in his two-year tenure. Tech is 18-1 when playing in a tournament setting under Flora.
DAVID SHINES IN FRONT OF HOME CROWD
Breeann David led the Red Raiders win 31 kills and 18 blocks this past weekend en route to earning MVP honors of the Lonestar Showdown. The sophomore also totaled a pair of aces and 29 digs as she posted her first double-double of the season and second of her career with 14 kills and 12 digs in the finale against Northwestern State. David also recorded a career-high seven blocks against the Lady Demons and hit a season-high .375 as well.
RED RAIDERS LOOK TO CONTINUE NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS UNDER FLORA
Don Flora's transformation of the Texas Tech program has been boosted by the Red Raiders' success in non-conference matches. In his two seasons, Flora has led the Red Raiders to a 21-2 mark in non-conference matches, including a 7-0 record this season. During that time, Texas Tech has posted a 6-0 record at home against non-conference opponents and won five tournament titles. The Red Raiders' only losses came in 2011 in the season opener at new Big 12 member TCU and then late in the season at San Jose State.
DISTRIBUTION KEY FOR RED RAIDER OFFENSE
The Red Raider attack is off to a nice start this season thanks to a balanced approach that has four Red Raiders - Breeann David, Emily Ehrle, Aubree Piper, and Meghan Stacy - having already posted 40 kills and over 100 attacks. In seven matches this season, no Red Raider has attempted more than 40 attempts as setter Emily Ruetter has kept the distribution close to equal. The approach has worked so far as Tech is hitting .249 as a team, its highest average through seven matches since the 2005 squad hit .251 en route to a 5-2 start to the season.
RED RAIDERS CONTINUE TO BE A PRESENCE AT THE NET
Texas Tech's success offensively this season may have been as a result in part to its work at the net. After ranking in the top 20 in blocks for most of last season, the Red Raiders have continued to be a dominating presence at the net as Tech's 3.21 blocks per set average currently ranks second in the Big 12 behind only No. 2 Texas. The Red Raiders have stuffed 83 balls so far with a balanced approach that has seen five players already record at least 15 blocks. Aubree Piper and Breeann David lead the group with 32 blocks each while Mikia Mills has posted 20 followed by Emily Ruetter with 19 and Lydia McKay with 16.
BRUMMITT EARNS BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER IMPRESSIVE DEBUT
Rachel Brummitt was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week last Monday afternoon after earning MVP honors at the Boston College Invitational. The sophomore totaled 68 digs and eight aces from the libero position, which was the most among Big 12 players last weekend in both categories. The Plano, Texas native is the first Tech player to receive a conference weekly award since Tory Vaughan was also honored as the defensive player of the week on Oct. 31 last year. Tech has now garnered four weekly awards under second-year head coach Don Flora.