and the Red Raiders travel to face Central Arkansas Tuesday evening.
Oct. 1, 2012
Tech Match Notes
TEXAS TECH AND CENTRAL ARKANSAS SET FOR 6 P.M. FIRST SERVE
Texas Tech returns to non-conference action Tuesday evening when the Red Raiders travel to Conway, Ark. to face Central Arkansas in a 6 p.m. first serve at the Prince Center.
|Date||Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012|
|Location (Facility)||Conway, Ark. (Prince Center; 400)|
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INSIDE THE CENTRAL ARKANSAS SERIES
Texas Tech and Central Arkansas will be meeting for the second time in school history after the Red Raiders swept the Sugar Bears in straight sets last year in Lubbock. The 3-0 victory came in the tournament opener of the Texas Tech Invitational where the Red Raiders posted a .329 hitting percentage behind just 10 attacking errors. Amanda Dowdy led Tech with 12 kills while Miara Cave and Aubree Piper each added nine and seven kills each as well. Dowdy also recorded a double-double with 11 digs on the back row. Central Arkansas wrapped the match with 22 attacking errors for a .030 hitting percentage that was caused in part to a 12-3 block advantage for the Red Raiders.
TEXAS TECH AGAINST THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Texas Tech is 53-24 all-time against current members of the Southland Conference and 4-0 under head coach Don Flora. This will be the Red Raiders' second contest against the Southland this year as Tech defeated Northwestern State, 3-1, in the Lonestar Showdown finale on Sept. 1 in Lubbock. Tech has not traveled to face a current Southland member in a non-tournament contest since defeating Sam Houston State, 3-0, on Oct. 10, 1992, in Huntsville.
The Red Raiders return to Big 12 play this weekend when No. 19 Iowa State travels to Lubbock for an 11 a.m. match at the United Spirit Arena. The contest is one of just three home matches for Texas Tech during the month of October as the Red Raiders will travel to Baylor (Oct. 10) and West Virginia (Oct. 13) after facing the Cyclones.
DAVID SEES FIRST FULL ACTION BACK AGAINST KANSAS
Despite having played briefly in two matches since returning from injury, Breeann David made her full return to the court last Saturday against Texas as the sophomore connected on 10 kills over three sets. David was Texas Tech's leader in kills prior to suffering an ankle injury early in the first set against Towson on Sept. 7. Since then, she has played just a few points in Tech's first two Big 12 matches against Kansas and TCU. The Denver City, Texas native went three rotations against Texas and has recorded double-digit kills in each of her last four matches where she has played more than one set.
RED RAIDERS BOAST BALANCED ATTACK
With 14 more kills this season, Breeann David will be the sixth Red Raider to reach the 100-kill mark, joining freshmen Emily Ehrle, Lydia McKay, and Meghan Stacy along with junior Aubree Piper and senior Miara Cave. Texas Tech has not previously had six or more players reach 100 kills in a season since 2001 when seven players did so en route to the school's most recent NCAA Tournament appearance. Ehrle leads the balanced attack with a team-high 166 kills followed by Piper with 143 and Cave with 133. Stacy and McKay round out the group with 123 and 112 kills, respectively.
CAVE EMERGES AS BIG 12 PLAY BEGINS
After struggling to get healthy early in the year following an off-season knee injury, Miara Cave has seemed to find her groove over the past several weeks as she has posted double-digit kills in four of her last six outings. The preseason All-Big 12 selection recorded her best performance of the year Sept. 19 at Nevada where she matched her career high with 16 kills while also recording a .367 hitting percentage. Cave had previously connected on 14 kills in the Rice Invitational opener against Houston Baptist before returning the next day to drop 10 against the host Owls. The senior also posted a team-high 12 digs last Saturday against Texas as she also led the Red Raiders in attempts (28) and hitting percentage (.214). Cave has been in double digits for kills six times already this season. She has also had at least a share of the team high in the category in four of the last five matches.