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Texas Tech Takes First Trip to West Virginia Saturday


Don Flora and the Red Raiders travel to face West Virginia on Saturday afternoon.

Oct. 12, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech travels to Morgantown, W.Va. this weekend to face the West Virginia Mountaineers for the first time as Big 12 members Saturday afternoon. First serve is slated for 12 p.m. CT at the WVU Coliseum.

INSIDE THE WEST VIRGINIA SERIES
Texas Tech and West Virginia will be meeting for just the third time in school history and the first as Big 12 Conference members after the Mountaineers joined the league last July. The Red Raiders are 2-0 all-time against West Virginia as the two teams have not met since Sept. 22, 1995, when Tech took a 3-1 victory in Morgantown. Tech also swept the Mountaineers in straight sets on Sept. 19, 1985, in the first meeting between the two schools that was held at the Eastern Kentucky Classic.

PLAYER TO WATCH - Emily Ehrle
Emily Ehrle comes into this weekend having led the Red Raiders in kills over the last two matches against No. 22 Iowa State and Baylor. The freshman connected on 10 kills against the Cyclones to go along with a .242 hitting percentage as she totaled just two errors off 33 attacks. Ehrle followed the performance with 12 kills Wednesday night at Baylor, marking her season high during Big 12 play so far. The Crowley, Texas native also took 46 attempts against the Bears, her second-most swings this year. With five more kills, Ehrle will become the sixth Tech freshman since 2000 to total at least 200 in a season, joining Kelly Johnson (2001), Kiley Lyons (2003), Amy Gandy (2004), Amanda Dowdy (2008), and Breeann David (2011).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Red Raiders will host their annual "Power in Pink" match next Wednesday when the Oklahoma Sooners travel to Lubbock for a 6 p.m. match at the United Spirit Arena. The match will be aired nationally on Fox College Sports. Texas Tech will then play three of its next four matches on the road with trips to Kansas State (Oct. 20), Oklahoma (Oct. 31), and Iowa State (Nov. 3) scattered around West Virginia's return trip to Lubbock on Oct. 27.

TEXAS TECH, OKLAHOMA SELECTED FOR FOX COLLEGE SPORTS
Texas Tech's volleyball match next Wednesday against Oklahoma has been picked up for national broadcast by FOX College Sports, Learfield Sports and FOX Sports officials both announced Wednesday. The match will be the second broadcast as part of the multi-year agreement between Fox Sports, Learfield Sports, and Texas Tech that was signed in September. The Red Raider football season opener against Northwestern State opened the agreement as the game was shown on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.

RED RAIDERS LOOK TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY LEADS
After winning the opening frame in each of the last two matches, Don Flora hopes his young team can carry that momentum into the second and third sets as Texas Tech has lost 3-1 twice in the past week, beginning last Saturday against No. 22 Iowa State and then Wednesday night at Baylor. Before that stretch, the Red Raiders were 8-1 on the year when winning the opening set and 22-4 under Flora. The first-set victory over the Cyclones 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.

RED RAIDERS BOAST BALANCED ATTACK
With her five kills Wednesday night at Baylor, Breeann David became the sixth Red Raider to reach the 100-kill mark this season, 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 195 kills followed by Cave with 155 and Piper with 148. McKay and Stacy round of the group with 136 and 129 kills while David now has 101 on the year.

BRUMMITT NEARING TOP 10 IN SINGLE-SEASON DIGS
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 355 digs so far and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in digs per set (4.49) entering Saturday's match at West Virginia. With 12 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 36 more digs to tie McGehee's 2001 total of 391 that ranks 10th all-time as well.


 

 

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