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Texas Tech Hosts Oklahoma in Annual Pink Match


Miara Cave and the Red Raiders will wear pink jerseys Wednesday when Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma.

Oct. 16, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Coming off its first Big 12 win of the season, Texas Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena Wednesday evening to take on the Oklahoma Sooners at 6 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena. The match will be shown live nationally on FOX College Sports.

TEXAS TECH, OKLAHOMA SELECTED FOR FOX COLLEGE SPORTS
Texas Tech will be making its first television appearance of the year Wednesday when the Red Raiders face Oklahoma. 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.

INSIDE THE OKLAHOMA SERIES
Texas Tech will be looking to snap a 13-match losing streak to the Sooners Wednesday night as the Red Raiders last win in the series came in a 3-0 victory on Sept. 21, 2005, in Lubbock. Despite the losing streak, the Red Raiders still lead the series with a 34-26 all-time advantage, including a 13-8 record when playing in Lubbock. Tech pushed Oklahoma to five sets in the series opener between the two teams on Oct. 1 last year before the Sooners escaped Lubbock with a 3-2 victory. Oklahoma swept the Red Raiders, 3-0, on Nov. 23 when Tech made its return trip to Norman.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Red Raiders travel to No. 14 Kansas State Saturday afternoon to start a four-match stretch where Texas Tech will play three of its next four matches on the road. The lone home contest during that span is Oct. 27 when West Virginia makes its return trip to Lubbock after the Red Raiders defeated the Mountaineers, 3-1, last Saturday in Morgantown.

POWER IN PINK
Texas Tech will host its annual "Power in Pink" promotion Wednesday as the Red Raiders will wear pink uniforms by Under Armour that will be auctioned during the match. All fans wearing pink to the match will also receive free admission. Texas Tech will recognize breast cancer survivors at various points during the match, including team introductions and during the 10-minute intermission between the second and third sets. The Susan G. Komen Foundation will also have an informational booth available on the concourse to help educate the public of the disease. This is the third-straight year Tech has hosted Oklahoma for its pink match.

WRAPPING UP THE WEST VIRGINIA WIN
• Snapped a nine-match losing streak that dated back to the Sept. 14 Rice Invitational opener against Houston Baptist.
• Marked Texas Tech's first Big 12 road victory since defeating Colorado on Nov. 10, 2010, in Boulder.
• Marked the first time Texas Tech had defeated a Big 12 opponent in four sets since topping Kansas on Sept. 26, 2006, in Lubbock.
• Marked the first time Texas Tech had gone on the road to defeat a Big 12 opponent in four sets since edging Baylor approximately eight years to the day on Oct. 13, 2004, in Waco.
• Marked the first time the Red Raiders had overcome a first-set deficit in a Big 12 match since defeating Colorado on Nov. 10, 2010, in Boulder.
• The Red Raiders held West Virginia to just 10 points in the second set, marking the fewest for a Big 12 opponent since the NCAA moved total points from 30 to 25 per set prior to the 2008 season.

EHRLE BECOMES FIRST RED RAIDER TO REACH 200-KILL MARK
With her six kills Saturday at West Virginia, Emily Ehrle became the first Red Raider to reach the 200-kill mark this year as she has totaled 201 entering Wednesday night's match with Oklahoma. The Crowley, Texas native is the sixth Red Raider since 2000 to record at least 200 kills as a freshman, joining Kelly Johnson (2001), Kiley Lyons (2003), Amy Gandy (2004), Amanda Dowdy (2008), and Breeann David (2011). Fellow freshmen Lydia McKay and Meghan Stacy have a chance to join Ehrle as they enter this week with 143 and 139 kills, respectively.

HRAGYIL, STACY COME OFF THE BENCH TO SPARK RED RAIDERS IN WIN
Part of Texas Tech's success Saturday stemmed from the play of its bench, specifically Nicole Hragyil and Meghan Stacy. Hragyil moved from a back row substitute to setter to start the second set while Stacy was inserted on the outside as an offensive boost. Both delivered as Hragyil recorded her first career double-double with 30 assists and 10 digs while Stacy connected on 10 kills to go along with a .296 hitting percentage. Stacy's 10 kills marked her most during Big 12 play this year as she reached double digits for the first time since dropping a season-high 16 on Sept. 14 against Houston Baptist. Hragyil, meanwhile, posted season highs in both categories as she reached double digits in digs for the third time in her career.

RED RAIDERS BOAST BALANCED ATTACK
With her five kills 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 201 kills followed by Cave with 170 and Piper with 148. McKay and Stacy round of the group with 143 and 139 kills while David now has 105 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 375 digs so far and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in digs per set (4.52) entering Wednesday's match with Oklahoma. With 11 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 19 more digs to tie Lisa Hilgers' 1995 total of 394 that ranks 10th all-time as well.


 

 

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