The Red Raiders face Nevada at 9 p.m. CT Wednesday evening in Reno.
Sept. 18, 2012
Tech Match Notes | Nevada Notes | Big 12 Notes
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will face its final non-conference tune-up prior to Big 12 play Wednesday night when the Red Raiders travel for a 9 p.m. CT battle with the Nevada Wolf Pack at Virginia Street Gym.
|Date||Wednesday, Sept. 19|
|Location (Facility)||Reno, Nev. (Virginia Street Gym)|
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THE NEVADA SERIES
Texas Tech will be facing Nevada for the first time since 1996 Wednesday evening as the Red Raiders are 2-0 all-time against the Wolf Pack. The Red Raiders swept Nevada, 3-0, in each of their previous two meetings, with the most recent being on Aug. 31, 1996, in Reno. Tech also dropped the Wolf Pack in straight sets a year earlier in an Oct. 13, 1995 contest in Lubbock. Texas Tech head coach Don Flora has never faced the Wolf Pack as a collegiate head coach.
The Red Raiders open Big 12 play Saturday evening when the Kansas Jayhawks travel to Lubbock for a 6 p.m. first serve in the United Spirit Arena. Texas Tech will be looking for its first win in a Big 12 opener since 2007 when the Red Raiders topped Colorado in five sets. The Red Raiders will play three of their first four conference matches in the United Spirit Arena as No. 9 Texas (Sept. 29) and No. 19 Iowa State (Oct. 6) will both travel to Lubbock following a road match at new league member TCU on Sept. 26.
RED RAIDERS LOOK TO REBOUND AFTER TOUGH WEEKEND AT RICE
Texas Tech dropped consecutive non-conference matches for the first time in the Don Flora era last weekend during the Rice Invitational as the Red Raiders fell in their two Saturday contests against Cal State Northridge and the host Owls. Despite the two losses, Tech is still an impressive 25-5 against non-conference foes under the second-year head coach. The Red Raiders will be looking to win its final non-conference match prior to Big 12 play on Sept. 19 for the second-straight year as Tech defeated North Texas, 3-1, on the same date last year in Denton.
STEPPING UP THE MIDDLE
Prior to this season, one of the main aspects Don Flora wanted to improve in the Texas Tech attack was the play in the middle. The Red Raiders attacked primarily from the outside during his inaugural campaign on the Tech bench but have looked more to the middle this season with returning junior Aubree Piper and emerging freshman Lydia McKay. The two middles enter this week ranked among the top 10 in the Big 12 for hitting percentage with Piper recording a .350 average and McKay trailing slightly with a .335 percentage. The two, along with fellow middle blocker Mikia Mills, have combined for 235 kills so far this season, 33 percent of Tech's team total which is vast improvement from a year ago where Tech received only 20 percent of its kills from the middle.
BRUMMITT FINISHES TWO DIGS SHY OF ANOTHER SCHOOL RECORD
In only her first season, Rachel Brummitt has already made quite an impression at the libero position. The sophomore snapped the Texas Tech school record for most digs in a three-set match earlier this year and came close to breaking the overall single-match mark last weekend against Houston Baptist. Brummitt finished with 34 digs in the 3-2 victory over the Huskies as she fell two shy of Ann Romjue's school record that was set on Nov. 18, 2000, against Texas A&M. The performance marked the fifth time the Plano, Texas native has reached the 20-dig plateau this year as she has been in double digits in all but one match.
FLORA JUST FIVE WINS SHY OF 300
Don Flora enters this week needing five wins to reach 300 for his career as the second-year head coach is 295-79 midway through his 13th season and 26-20 while at Texas Tech. Flora arrived at Tech prior to the 2011 season as one of the winningest active coaches in the NCAA after posting a 269-59 record during 11 seasons at the University of La Verne in California. The Red Raiders wrapped Flora's first season in Lubbock with a 15-17 record that marked the program's most wins since 2001.
RUETTER ALREADY AMONG THE TOP SETTERS IN THE BIG 12
Texas Tech freshman Emily Ruetter ranks third in the Big 12 entering this week for assists per set as she has averaged 10.91 per frame this year. She trails Kansas' Erin Mcnorton (12.36) and Kansas State's Caitlyn Donahue (11.65) for the league lead as the Canadian native is only freshman ranked in the conference top five. In addition to quarterbacking the offense, Ruetter has also been instrumental on the back row as she is second on the team with 125 digs. She has recorded a team-leading six double-doubles through 14 matches this year, two more than fellow freshman Meghan Stacy.
RED RAIDERS RECEIVING MORE ATTENTION UNDER FLORA
Don Flora's hiring at Texas Tech has not only resulted in more wins for the Red Raiders but it has also brought more recognition to the program as well. In the 15 seasons prior to his arrival, Texas Tech had only been honored with a Big 12 weekly recipient 12 times with the most recent being Amanda Dowdy in 2008. That all changed in 2011, though, as the Red Raiders picked up three conference weekly awards en route to a 15-17 season that marked the most wins since 2001. Tech has picked up right where last season left off as well as the Red Raiders are 11-3 and have already received four weekly accolades from the league, giving Flora seven in a little over a season.
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 25-5 mark in non-conference matches, including an 11-3 record this season. During that time, Texas Tech has posted a 7-0 record at home against non-conference foes and won five tournament titles. The Red Raiders have dropped three non-conference matches already this season, one more than its total from all of 2011. Tech is 5-3 in true road matches against non-conference opponents under Flora as well.