Red Raiders Host No. 22 Iowa State Saturday

The Red Raiders host No. 22 Iowa State in an 11 a.m. first serve Saturday morning.

Oct. 5, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech battles a top 25 team for the second-straight weekend Saturday morning when the Red Raiders host No. 22 Iowa State in an 11 a.m. match at the United Spirit Arena.

Texas Tech will be looking to snap an 11-match losing streak to the Cyclones Saturday as the Red Raiders last win in the series came on Oct. 14, 2006, in a five-set marathon at the United Spirit Arena. Despite the losing streak, Tech still leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 25-20, while both teams are tied at 8-8 when playing in Lubbock. The Cyclones have won the last five contests played at the United Spirit Arena, including a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 24 last year in Tech's Big 12 opener.

The Red Raiders will take to the road next week for a pair of matches at Baylor and West Virginia to begin a seven-match stretch where Texas Tech will play away from the United Spirit Arena five times. Tech's only two home matches during that stretch are Oct. 17 against Oklahoma and Oct. 27 against West Virginia. Following the road stretch, the Red Raiders will close the season with four of their last six matches played at home.

Texas Tech will be looking for its first win over a ranked opponent since 2004 Saturday morning as the Red Raiders will be taking on a top-25 team for the second-straight weekend. Tech fell to then-No. 9 Texas in straight sets last weekend in its first match against a ranked opponent this season. The Red Raiders went winless against ranked opponents in Don Flora's first year roaming the sidelines as the second-year head coach is 0-6 so far against top-25 teams. Texas Tech last defeated a ranked opponent on Nov. 20, 2004, in a 3-2 victory over No. 20 Kansas State in Manhattan. The Red Raiders have not scored a win at home over a top 25 team since downing No. 21 Missouri, 3-1, on Oct. 5, 2002.

With 11 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 173 kills followed by Piper with 148 and Cave with 143. Stacy and McKay round out the group with 128 and 123 kills, respectively.

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 weekend against Texas as she also led the Red Raiders in attempts (28) and hitting percentage (.214). The San Antonio, Texas native also notched 10 kills Tuesday evening at Central Arkansas. Cave has been in double digits for kills seven times already this season. She has also had at least a share of the team high in the category in four of the last six matches as well.

• The Big 12 Conference has five teams ranked in the top 25 or receiving votes in this week's AVCA poll which marks the most for the league this season. No. 9 Texas leads the group that also includes No. 14 Kansas State and No. 19 Iowa State. Kansas joined the poll this week at No. 24 nationally while Oklahoma is the first team outside the top 25 as the Sooners received 100 points this week.
• The Red Raiders came in at No. 75 in the first ratings percentage index (RPI) poll this week, a significant improvement on Don Flora's first season where Tech was No. 93 in the opening rankings. Tech closed the 2011 season ranked 113th in the RPI nationally.
• Texas Tech boasts one of the youngest rosters in the Big 12 as 12 of 15 Red Raiders who have appeared in a conference match so far are classified as either a freshman or sophomore.
Lydia McKay saw her five-match streak of reaching double digits in kills come to an end at TCU as the freshman finished with four overall. McKay was coming off a team-high 11 kills against Kansas where she matched her season high for the third time this season.
Rachel Brummitt enters this week ranked fourth in the Big 12 for digs per set as the sophomore transfer is averaging 4.52 per frame. The two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week has also recorded three of the five highest dig totals in the Big 12 this season after finishing with a conference-leading 34 against Houston Baptist and 27 against San Jose State.
Tory Vaughan enters this week among the leaders in digs among active Big 12 players as the senior has totaled 815 over her four seasons which ranks sixth in the conference.
Emily Ruetter's 71 assists against Houston Baptist during the Rice Invitational ranks as the most for a Big 12 player this season as Erin Mcnorton (Kansas) is the only other setter to register 60 or more assists in a match.
• Ruetter entered this week ranked 53rd in the NCAA for assists per set as she has totaled a 10.82 average. She also ranks fifth in the category among Big 12 setters as well.




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