The Red Raiders open the weekend against Towson at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday evening.
Sept. 6, 2012
MISSOULA, Mont. - Texas Tech begins a seven-match stretch away from the United Spirit Arena this weekend as the Red Raiders take part in the Hilton Inn Grant Creek Inn Invitational hosted by the University of Montana. The Red Raiders will look to extend their season-opening eight-match winning streak when they face Towson at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday evening and then Furman and Montana at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday.
|Dates ||Friday-Saturday, Sept. 7-8|
|Location (Facility)||Missoula, Mont. (West Auxiliary Gym)|
|Tournament Schedule||Friday,Sept. 7 |
Texas Tech vs. Towson - 5:30 p.m. CT | Gametracker | Watch Live
Saturday, Sept. 8
Texas Tech vs. Furman - 11 a.m. CT | Gametracker | Watch Live
Texas Tech vs. Montana - 8 p.m. CT | Gametracker | Watch Live
The Red Raiders return to the road again next weekend, traveling to Houston for the Rice Invitational where Texas Tech will face Houston Baptist, Cal State Northridge, and the host Owls during the two-day tournament. Tech will also travel to Nevada on Sept. 19 before opening Big 12 play at home against Kansas on Sept. 22.
The Red Raiders will be facing both Towson and Furman for the first time in school history this weekend while its tournament finale with Montana will be the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools. The Grizzlies hold a 2-1 advantage in the series that has not been played since Sept. 18, 1993, when Montana took a 3-2 victory in Lubbock. This will be Texas Techs' first-ever trip to Montana as the two teams split the previous two contests at neutral sites in 1980 and 1988.
RED RAIDERS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2003
Texas Tech's 8-0 performance over the first two weeks mark the program's best start since the 2003 squad also opened with eight-straight victories. The Red Raiders have started a season with eight-straight victories only once since 2000 and seven 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.
BRUMMITT REPEATS AT BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rachel Brummitt became the first Texas Tech player to earn a Big 12 weekly in consecutive weeks Tuesday when the sophomore was once again named the conference Defensive Player of the Week. Brummitt, who took the award after the opening weekend of the season as well, snapped the Texas Tech school record for most digs in a three-set match against San Jose State as she finished with 27, topping the previous record of 24 that was set by Sheila Solomon on Nov. 16, 1990, against Houston. The Plano, Texas native was named to last weekend's Lonestar Showdown all-tournament team as she finished with a team-high 60 digs to go along with four aces.
RUETTER ALSO HONORED AS CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Just like Rachel Brummitt, freshman Emily Ruetter was also honored by the Big 12 Tuesday morning as she was named the conference Rookie of the Week. Since taking over the setter role at the beginning of the season, Ruetter has led a balanced Tech attack as she is sixth in the Big 12 with a 9.60 assists per set average that also ranks second in the league among freshman setters. She finished with 111 assists to go along with 21 digs and seven blocks during the Lonestar Showdown en route to becoming the first Tech setter to earn a conference weekly award since Lisa Hilgers on Nov. 16, 1998.
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 with 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. She followed up the performance with another double-double Monday against North Texas where the Denver City native recorded 16 kills and 16 digs to help the Red Raiders overcome an early deficit and take a 3-1 victory.
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 22-2 mark in non-conference matches, including a 8-0 record this season. During that time, Texas Tech has posted a 7-0 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.