FLORA MAKING QUICK CHANGES TO TEXAS TECH
Prior to his arrival, Texas Tech had only 11 wins over its last three seasons. Don Flora surpassed that total in mid-September. Now, the first-year head coach is aiming to put Tech in the midst of the Big 12 race as the Red Raiders have only won three conference matches during the past three years. After opening the conference schedule with back-to-back matches against ranked opponents, the Red Raiders play four of their next six matches on the road with home matches against Kansas State and Texas A&M.
TEXAS TECH OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2000
The Red Raiders enter Monday's match boasting a 14-3 record, marking the program's best start since the 2000 squad opened the year 16-1 en route to a 24-9 record and trip to the NCAA Tournament. Tech began that season with eight-straight wins before falling to Baylor on Sept. 13 and then followed with seven more wins to start its tournament run. Following its win over New Mexico Monday night, the Red Raiders enter the match having won 14 of its last 15 matches after dropping the season opener to TCU.
Wednesday's match will be the 50th all-time between the two schools as the Red Raiders hold a 48-21 all-time advantage in the series. Baylor has won the last 12 matches in the series that dates back to 1976. The Red Raiders have not defeated the Bears since Oct. 27, 2004, in a five-set match in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders return to the United Spirit Arena this weekend to face Kansas State prior to heading on the road for two matches next week. Tech and the Wildcats will get started at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Red Raiders will travel to Texas and Missouri next week as Tech's next home match is not until Oct. 19 against Texas A&M.
RED RAIDERS NEARLY UPSET 25TH-RANKED OKLAHOMA
Texas Tech gave 25th-ranked Oklahoma all it could take last Saturday as the Red Raiders were a few points shy of scoring its first victory over a ranked opponent since the 2004 season. Playing their second five-set match of the week, the Red Raiders took a 11-8 set midway through the final frame before OU rallied to tie the set once again. Tech forced two match points that the Sooners survived en route to eventually winning three-straight points as part of a 17-15 victory.
DOWDY NOT JUST AN OFFENSIVE PLAYER
If Amanda Dowdy has proved one thing this season, it would be that her impact isn't only felt on the attack. The senior is Tech's leader in both kills and digs and ranks among the Big 12's top performers in both categories. Dowdy has posted a double-double in 14 of Tech's 17 matches thus far, giving her 28 over her career.
DOWDY CREEPING UP RECORD BOOK
Amanda Dowdy made another step up the Tech record book against Iowa State as the senior moved to second all-time in career attempts, passing Melissa McGehee (1999-02). Dowdy now has 3,522 swings during her four seasons and trails McGehee by only 64 kills for second all-time in that category as well. Kelly Johnson is the school's all-time leader in both categories as she totaled 1,925 career kills and 5,142 attempts during 2001-04 seasons.
VAUGHAN SNAPS CAREER HIGH
Tory Vaughan snapped her career high in digs for the second time this season against Oklahoma, totaling 26 over five sets. Her previous high had been the 21 digs she notched against Morehead State in the finale of the Texas Tech Invitational. It marked the third time Vaughan had broken the 20-dig barrier this season.
DAVID BOOSTING OFFENSE OVER LAST WEEK
Breeann David has dropped double-digit kills figures in each of Tech's last two matches, including a career-high 17 against Oklahoma last Saturday. The freshman had not been in double-digits for two-straight matches since the opening the season against TCU and UConn. David also recorded her first career double-double against New Mexico, nailing 15 kills to go with her 12 digs.
MEYERS MOVING UP RECORD BOOK TOO
Karlyn Meyers moved into sole possession of seventh on the school's career assists chart midway through the opening set against Oklahoma. Only the eighth player in school history to reach 2,000 assists in a career, Meyers passed Mary Loescher (1985-87) as she now has 2,361 assists over her four seasons.
RED RAIDERS SCORE COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN
Tech's come-from-behind win over New Mexico last week marked the second time this season the Red Raiders had overcome a deficit on the road. After winning the first set, Tech dropped the next two games before rallying to win the final two in the Red Raiders' first five-set match of the year. Tech had previously overcome an early one-set deficit to defeat North Texas on Sept. 19 in Denton.
The Oklahoma match marked the first time Texas Tech had taken a ranked opponent to five sets since falling to the Sooners in five on Oct. 11, 2006 in Lubbock.
Prior to last week, the Red Raiders had not taken two-straight matches to five sets since facing TCU and Oklahoma as part of the Red Raider Round Up on Sept. 12, 2008.
Texas Tech's 14 wins this year marks the school's most in a single-season since going 14-15 during the 2002 season.
The Red Raiders' win over New Mexico was Tech's 14th-straight over a non-conference opponent, the school's longest such run since winning 22-straight over the course of the 1996-97 seasons.
Tech is 11-1 in games away from Lubbock this season. The Red Raiders had not won at least 11 away or neutral site contests since 2000 when Tech finished with 12 wins away from Lubbock.
Tech trailed in kills and hitting percentage for the first time all season against Iowa State as the Red Raiders notched only 28 kills and a .049 hitting percentage, both season lows.
Tech had not previously been swept in any match this season prior to facing Iowa State. The last time the Red Raiders suffered a 3-0 loss was against Nebraska on Nov. 6, 2010.
The North Texas match snapped a seven-match streak where the Red Raiders had claimed a 3-0 sweep. The run was Tech's longest since opening the 1998 season with eight-straight sweeps.
Texas Tech's win over UT-Arlington marked the program's third tournament title of the season, a feat that had not been previously accomplished since the 2000 season.
Tech has already surpassed its win total from the 2008-10 seasons combined as the Red Raiders won 11 games during those three years.
The Red Raiders have broken the 10-win barrier for the first time since the 2006 season when Tech finished 12-17 under Nancy Todd.
Tech has held its opponent to a hitting percentage below .100 in seven of its last 11 matches. Only UConn, Iowa State, and Oklahoma have posted an average over .200 against the Red Raiders this year.
Tech has also held four of its opponents to a negative hitting percentage, which prior to the year had not been accomplished since facing Northwestern State on Sept. 2, 2010.
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, have hit over .200 in all but four matches this season. Tech has been over .300 in five matches as well.