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Red Raiders Look for First Big 12 Win at Baylor

The Red Raiders travel to face Baylor at 7 p.m. Wednesday night in Waco.

Oct. 9, 2012

Texas Tech Notes  |  Big 12 Notes

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will look for its first win in Big 12 Conference play Wednesday evening when the Red Raiders travel to face Baylor at 7 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.

Despite dropping 14 of the last 15 matches between the two schools, Texas Tech has historically controlled the series with Baylor as the Red Raiders are 49-22 all-time against the Bears. The two teams split the series last year with the Bears taking a 3-0 victory on Oct. 5 in Waco before the Red Raiders claimed their only win in Big 12 play with a five-set thriller on Oct. 26 in Lubbock. The Red Raiders are 17-13 all-time when playing in Waco but have not won on Baylor's home floor since taking a 3-1 victory on Oct. 13, 2004.

Tory Vaughan will be looking for another solid outing from the back row against Baylor as the senior notched a career-high 31 digs in Tech's five-set victory over the Bears on Oct. 26 last year. The performance earned Vaughan Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors as she was the third Red Raider to earn a conference weekly award last year. The senior averaged 6.12 digs per set in 2011 against Baylor as she also scooped up 17 balls in a three-set loss on Oct. 5 in Waco. Vaughan is coming off a solid week where she had a season-high 16 digs last Tuesday at Central Arkansas before finishing with eight last Saturday against No. 22 Iowa State. She is currently third on the team in both digs (124) and aces (11) entering this week.

The Red Raiders return to the road once again this weekend when Tech makes its first trip to Morgantown, W.Va., for a 12 p.m. first serve against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Tech plays five of its next seven matches on the road beginning Wednesday night as the only two home contests during that stretch are Oct. 17 against Oklahoma and Oct. 27 against West Virginia.

For the first 30 minutes of last Saturday's match against No. 22 Iowa State, the Red Raiders appeared primed to score their first victory over a ranked opponent under Don Flora as Texas Tech quickly took the opening set. The Cyclones battled back to win the next three frames, though, to keep Tech winless against ranked opponents since 2004. The first-set victory marked the first time the Red Raiders had led a top 25 team since taking the first and third sets in a 3-2 loss to No. 25 Oklahoma on Oct. 1 last year.

After transferring to Texas Tech last winter, Rachel Brummitt has already made quite the impact for the Red Raiders on the back row. The Plano, Texas native has totaled 338 digs so far and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in digs per set (4.51) entering Wednesday night's match at Baylor. With 13 matches still remaining, Brummitt is on pace to potentially snap the Tech record for digs in a single-season that was set in 2000 when Melissa MeGehee recorded 448. Brummitt enters this week needing just 53 more digs to tie McGehee's 2001 total of 391 that ranks 10th all-time as well.

With four 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 183 kills followed by Cave with 149 and Piper with 148. Stacy and McKay round out the group with 129 and 127 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 seven 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. 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 kills against Texas on Sept. 29 before notching 10 last Tuesday at Central Arkansas. Cave has been in double digits for kills seven times already this season.



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