Texas Tech Heads to Austin to Face No. 3 Texas

Oct. 8, 2013

Texas Tech Notes

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech travels to Austin Wednesday evening to face 3rd-ranked Texas in the first of two road matches this week. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. with television coverage provided by Longhorn Network. The Red Raiders enter the match looking for their first Big 12 Conference win of the season at 7-11 overall and 0-3 in league action. Texas, meanwhile, has won six-straight matches to enter this week 10-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

• Wednesday night's match with No. 3 Texas marks the first of three road matches for the Red Raiders over the next two weeks. Texas Tech also travels to TCU this Saturday before facing Kansas on Oct. 16 at home and then Kansas State on Oct. 19 in Manhattan.
• Texas Tech will be looking to snap a 24-match losing streak Wednesday night against the Longhorns. It is the longest losing streak among Big 12 opponents currently for the Red Raiders, who last defeated Texas on Nov. 1, 2000, in Lubbock as part of a season sweep of the Longhorns.
• The Longhorns enter this week ranked third in the latest AVCA top-25 poll, marking the highest ranked opponent for the Red Raiders since facing then No. 3 Texas on Nov. 14 last year in Austin. Texas swept the Red Raiders in straight sets.
• Texas Tech is coming off a 3-1 loss to West Virginia this past Saturday at the United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders opened with a 26-24 victory in the opening set before letting the Mountaineers rally in the second to tie the match. West Virginia hit .242 while forcing holding Tech to a .149 percentage en route to consecutive 25-19 victories in the third and fourth sets to close the match.
• Texas stepped out of conference last weekend to record a 3-0 victory over LSU last Saturday after opening Big 12 play with a perfect 3-0 record following wins over TCU, Oklahoma and Baylor.
• Texas Tech freshman Katie Daffer will likely be making her third-consecutive start on the right side Wednesday night as she will be returning to her hometown of Austin for the first time as a Red Raider. Daffer arrived a Tech following a highly-successful prep career at nearby Austin Westlake High School.
Rachel Brummitt recorded her ninth 20-dig performance already this season last Saturday against West Virginia, bumping the junior libero's season total to 349 entering this week. The Plano, Texas native is now 49 digs shy of entering the top-10 in single-season history, a record she set a year ago with 510 digs. She is currently on pace to shatter that record as she ranks second in the Big 12 with a 5.29 digs per set average.

Texas Tech and Texas will be meeting for the 86th time Wednesday night, the longest running series for the Red Raiders, who have faced the Longhorns in each season since 1975. Texas has controlled the all-time series, however, with a 74-9-2 advantage that includes a 34-2 record in matches played in Austin. The Red Raiders have not traveled to the state capital and defeated the Longhorns since pulling off a 3-1 victory on Sept. 23, 2000. Tech followed up that win with a 3-0 sweep of Texas on Nov. 1 that year, which was the program's last victory over its in-state rival as the Red Raiders have dropped the last 24 contests in the series.

In the midst of an injury-filled season, one thing has remained constant for the Red Raiders - their ability to dig. Led by standout libero Rachel Brummitt, Texas Tech enters this week ranked 29th in the country and second in the Big 12 Conference with a 16.47 digs per set average. Brummitt has been the driving force behind Tech's defensive success as the junior is averaging 5.29 digs per set, an average that ranks 16th nationally entering this week. Five different Red Raiders have posted double-doubles so far this season, led by Emily Ruetter's six which matches her career high from a year ago. Tech has already totaled 13 double-doubles this year, one shy from its total from the entire 2012 season.



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