The Red Raiders travel to face Incarnate Word and Texas State this week.
Sept. 15, 2013
Texas Tech Notes
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will get its final non-conference test this week prior to opening Big 12 play as the Red Raiders travel to face Incarnate Word at 6 p.m. Monday and then Texas State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.
||TEXAS TECH vs. INCARNATE WORD / TEXAS STATE|
||Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 16-17|
||San Antonio, Texas (Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center; 2,000)|
San Marcos, Texas (Strahan Coliseum; 7,200)
6 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.|
||None / Texas State Athletics|
|Twitter Updates||@TechGameday |
Texas Tech will get its final non-conference test this week prior to opening Big 12 play as the Red Raiders travel to face Incarnate Word at 6 p.m. Monday evening and then Texas State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Monday night's match with Incarnate Word will be the first all-time between the two schools. The Cardinals are the final first-time opponent for the Red Raiders this year as Tech has already faced Seattle, Grand Canyon, Washington State, South Dakota State and Cal State Fullerton.
Incarnate Word is in its first season as a Division-I opponent this year as the Cardinals joined the Southland Conference in July. Incarnate Word will be looking for its first-ever victory over a Division-I foe after the Cardinals fell to Texas-Pan American in five sets last Tuesday.
Texas Tech's match Tuesday evening at Texas State will mark just the second time in the Big 12 era where the Red Raiders have traveled to face the Bobcats in San Marcos. Tech, which is 17-4 all-time against Texas State, last played Texas State on the road on Sept. 2, 2009, when the Bobcats handed the Red Raiders a 3-0 loss. Tech is 4-3 all-time against the Bobcats in San Marcos. The two schools are 2-2 against each other during the Big 12 era.
The Red Raiders will take a week off following Tuesday night's contest at Texas State as Texas Tech does not return to the court until the Sept. 25 conference opener at Oklahoma. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve at McCasland Field House in Norman.
This week will be Texas Tech's final round of non-conference action until Oct. 23 when the Red Raiders host New Mexico at the United Spirit Arena. The match is a rescheduled contest from the 2012 season.
The Red Raiders will be closing out their busiest stretch of the season this week as the Texas State match ends a seven-day stretch where Texas Tech will have played a total of six matches. Tech is currently 1-3 during that span.
The Red Raiders are coming off a disappointing 1-2 showing in their own Lone Star Showing this past weekend where Texas Tech fell in straight sets to both Montana and Cal State Fullerton while also pulling off a 3-0 victory over Nevada.
Despite the two losses last weekend, Texas Tech continues to boast an impressive record in non-conference action under third-year Don Flora, who has led the Red Raiders to a 31-14 mark in such matches during his tenure.
Rachel Brummitt heads into this week as the Big 12 Conference leader in digs as the junior has totaled 251 already this season at a 5.58 per set rate. She is well on pace to snap her Tech single-season digs record from a year ago when she recorded 510 digs.
Behind Brummitt's performance on the back row, Texas Tech enters this week as the Big 12 leaders in digs per set. The Red Raiders are currently averaging a conference-best 16.51 digs per set.
The Red Raiders will get a full week off following Tuesday night's match at Texas State before opening Big 12 play on Sept. 25 in Norman, Okla., against the Oklahoma Sooners. Texas Tech will host two of its first three conference matches at the United Spirit Arena as the Red Raiders host Iowa State on Oct. 2 and West Virginia on Oct. 5.