Sept. 18, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas -
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Red Raiders Looking for More Wins as they Hit the Road
After opening Big 12 play with a win over Colorado and a loss to Nebraska, Tech is looking to improve on its 1-1 conference record this week when it travels to College Station to face in-state rival Texas A&M Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.. Saturday, the Red Raiders will be in Lawrence, Kan. to take on the Jayhawks at 1 p.m..
Last Time Out
Sept. 15, 2007
Tech ran smack into the No. 1-ranked team in the nation Saturday night and battled hard, but it was unable to overcome a hot-hitting night from Nebraska and lost 0-3 (30-19, 30-15 and 30-20).
Wrapping Up Last Week
Texas Tech snapped a three-match loosing streak to Colorado by beating the Buffs 3-2 (30-19, 30-24, 24-30, 27-30 and 15-12) in Lubbock last Wed. Saturday, the Red Raiders welcomed No. 1 Nebraska and could not overcome the Huskers hot-hitting attack in a 3-0 (19-30, 15-30 and 20-30) loss.
Four Red Raiders recorded double-doubles against the Buffs. Seniors Emily Ziegler and Amy Gandy picked up their sixth and fifth double-doubles, respectively, while Brandi Hood and Alicia Ostmeyer had their first ones of the season.
Senior Alicia Ostmeyer
tied the 10th-best mark in school history with nine block assists against Colorado. She also holds the ninth-best mark in the category at 10.
Junior Michelle Flores recorded 10 kills against the Huskers to give her nine double-digit kill matches on the season.
Tech vs. A&M
Wednesday's match with the Aggies will mark the 74th meeting between the two in-state rivals. A&M leads the series 44-29, but Tech won both meetings last season, including a 3-2 win in College Station. The Red Raiders have won three of the last four matches in the series.
Scouting the Aggies
Texas A&M brings a 10-2 record into the contest. The Aggies are coming off two-straight conference losses to Oklahoma and Iowa State. They are hitting .314 on the year and have three players with 100-plus kills. Sarah Ammerman leads the way with 136 on a .298 attack percentage. Opponents are hitting .134 against them. A&M coach Laurie Corbelli is in her 15th year at the school.
Tech vs. Kansas
The Jayhawks and Red Raiders will meet for the 24th time Saturday night. Tech leads the series 15-8 and has won three out of the last four contests, including both matches last season. The Red Raiders have only won two of their last seven matches in Lawrence.
Scouting the Jayhawks
Kansas is coached by Ray Bechard in his 10th season in Lawrence. The Jayhawks lost their first two conference matches last week, as they fell to No. 16 Kansas State and Oklahoma. KU is led by OH/S Emily Brown, who has 86 kills and 300 assists coming into this week. Jenna Kaiser leads the way with 109 kills to this point.
Red Raiders Taking a Liking to Maroon and Blue
Tech won all four meetings it had with TAMU and Kansas last season. The Red Raiders have won six of their last eight meetings with the two conference foes.