The Red Raiders travel to face 14th-ranked Kansas State at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Oct. 19, 2012
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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will look for its first win against Kansas State since 2004 Saturday when the Red Raiders travel to face the 14th-ranked Wildcats at 3 p.m. in Ahearn Field House.
|Date||Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012|
|Location (Facility)||Manhattan, Kan. (Ahearn Field House; 5,000)|
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INSIDE THE KANSAS STATE SERIES
Texas Tech enters Saturday's match looking for its first win over Kansas State since 2004 as the Wildcats have won the previous 14 contests between the two schools. The Red Raiders defeated K-State, 3-2, on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan for their last win in the series which also was the last Tech victory over a ranked opponent as the Wildcats were 20th in the country at the time. K-State leads the all-time series 28-8 overall and 11-5 when playing in Manhattan.
The Red Raiders will take a full week off following its match with Kansas State before returning to the United Spirit Arena on Oct. 27 to host West Virginia. Texas Tech defeated the Mountaineers, 3-1, last Saturday in the first meeting between the two schools this year. The Red Raiders will then open a two-game road trip on Oct. 31 at Oklahoma followed by a Nov. 3 contest at No. 22 Iowa State.
RED RAIDERS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Texas Tech will be looking for its first win over a ranked opponent since 2004 Saturday afternoon as the Red Raiders will be taking on a top-25 team for the third time this season. Tech fell to then-No. 9 Texas in straight sets on Sept. 29 and then dropped a 3-1 decision on Oct. 6 to No. 22 Iowa State. The Red Raiders went winless against ranked opponents in Don Flora's first year roaming the sidelines as the second-year head coach is 0-7 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.
MILLS BECOMING A FORCE IN THE MIDDLE
Mikia Mills heads to Kansas State coming off two of her best performances of the season as the sophomore has totaled 15 kills and 11 blocks over the past week. She matched her career high with eight kills last Saturday at West Virginia and then came close to matching it again Wednesday night against Oklahoma when she finished with seven. In addition to her offensive numbers, Mills has also been instrumental at the net as she totaled seven blocks against the Mountaineers and four against Oklahoma. Mills' emergence has helped play a key role for the Red Raiders, who have been without junior middle blocker Aubree Piper for the last four matches.
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 385 digs so far and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in digs per set (4.48) entering Saturday's match at Kansas State. With nine 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 nine more digs to tie Lisa Hilgers' 1995 total of 394 that ranks 10th all-time.
EHRLE BECOMES FIRST RED RAIDER TO REACH 200-KILL MARK
With her six kills at West Virginia, Emily Ehrle became the first Red Raider to reach the 200-kill mark this year as she has totaled 207 entering Saturday's match at Kansas State. 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 have recorded 147 and 141 kills, respectively.
HRAGYIL, STACY COME OFF THE BENCH TO SPARK RED RAIDERS IN WIN
Part of Texas Tech's success at West Virginia 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. Both players were in the starting lineup Wednesday evening when Tech fell in straight sets to Oklahoma.