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The Red Raiders face Baylor at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Oct. 25, 2011

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech begins the second half of Big 12 play Wednesday night when the Baylor Bears travel to Lubbock for a 6:30 p.m. match at the United Spirit Arena.

THE SERIES
Despite falling to Baylor earlier this season in Waco, Texas Tech still maintains a 48-22 all-time advantage over the Bears in a series that dates back to 1976. Baylor has won the previous 13 matches, though, as the Red Raiders' last win over the Bears came in five sets on Oct. 27, 2004 in Lubbock. Tech controls a 24-8 advantage over Baylor in matches played in Lubbock.

LOOKING AHEAD
The Red Raiders will have the weekend off thanks to an open date on Saturday. Tech resumes Big 12 play on Nov. 2 in College Station for a 6:30 p.m. match against the Texas A&M Aggies. The Red Raiders do not return to the United Spirit Arena until Nov. 9 when 10th-ranked Texas arrives in Lubbock for a 6:30 p.m. match.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST BAYLOR
Baylor overcame a 7-2 deficit in the opening set and kept its momentum going in a straight-set victory over Texas Tech Oct. 5 at the Ferrell Center in Waco. Breeann David and Amanda Dowdy led Tech with 10 kills each while Miara Cave added nine of her own. The Red Raiders were held to only 34 kills and a .175 hitting percentage, while Baylor dropped 51 kills and a .260 average. The loss was Tech's third-straight in Big 12 play.

DOWDY MOVES TO SECOND ALL-TIME IN KILLS
Amanda Dowdy took one more step up the Texas Tech record book against Texas A&M, moving to second all-time in career kills early into the second set. The senior now has 1,362 kills over her career after dropping 12 last weekend at Kansas. She passed Melissa McGehee, who totaled 1,333 kills from 1999-2002. After starting the year ranked fifth in kills, Dowdy is now second in the category as well as career attempts. Only Kelly Johnson stands in her way of moving even further up the school charts as Johnson notched 1,925 career kills and 5,142 attempts during the 2001-04 seasons.

RED RAIDERS THREE WINS SHY OF FIRST WINNING SEASON SINCE 2001
Tech's magic number to ensure a winning season remains at three entering Wednesday night's match against Baylor. Tech has seven Big 12 matches left and one non-conference contest remaining at San Jose State. The Red Raiders' last winning season came in 2001 when Tech finished 18-14 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

GETTING THE SWAGGER BACK
Don Flora's message to the Red Raiders the past few weeks has been to stick with the plan and get back to the confidence Tech showed during the non-conference schedule. Tech has already defeated two squads ranked in the top 100 of this week's RPI rankings (New Mexico and Morehead State) and came close to knocking off 22nd-ranked Oklahoma a few week back in Lubbock.

HUSKEY DELIVERS OFF THE BENCH
Brandy Huskey has been one of Tech's most reliable options off the bench as of late as the sophomore has posted 10-plus digs in her last two matches. Huskey finished with a career-high 13 digs against Texas A&M before recording 11 last weekend at Kansas. Huskey has played in every set over Tech's last three matches, normally as a defensive substitute for Miara Cave on the back row.

PODRAZA ADDING TO THE TECH ATTACK
Seeking an additional arm for the Tech attack, Don Flora has gone to freshman Sam Podraza more over the last two matches where the California native has delivered nine kills combined, including six against Kansas last weekend. Podraza has also added seven blocks during that span.

BURGESS FACES ANOTHER FORMER TEAMMATE
Sheridan Burgess will once again be facing another former high school teammate as Baylor's Torri Campbell also hailes from just north of Lubbock in Amarillo. The duo won two state titles together while playing for the highly-successful Amarillo High program.

DOWDY NOT JUST AN OFFENSIVE PLAYER
If Amanda Dowdy has proved one thing this season, it would be that her impact isn't only felt on the attack. The senior is Tech's leader in kills and trails Tory Vaughan by 15 digs for the team high in that statistic as well. One of the Big 12's top performers in both categories, Dowdy has posted a double-double in 17 of Tech's 23 matches so far, giving her 31 for her career. She is currently ranked third in the conference with 4.12 kills per set and then tied for ninth with a 3.42 digs per set average.

TECH DROPS ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER
The Red Raiders dropped their second five-set match during Big 12 play Oct. 19 as Texas A&M escaped with a 15-13 victory in the final frame to keep Tech winless in league action. Tech came close to defeating 22nd-ranked Oklahoma in Lubbock on Oct. 1 but could not convert two match points, allowing the Sooners to rally and earn the victory. The Red Raiders are 1-2 in five-set matches this year with the lone win coming at New Mexico.

PASS AND SERVE, PASS AND SERVE
After totaling just two aces in its last three matches prior to facing Missouri, Tech has recorded 13 in its last three contests against Missouri, Texas A&M, and Kansas. The Red Raiders notched seven against the Tigers, its third-highest total this season, before dropping three against both the Aggies and Jayhawks. Tech had struggled, though, giving up aces of its own, surrendering 10 to Missouri, three to A&M, and five to Kansas. The Red Raiders also recorded 16 service errors during that span.

RANGEL MAKING AN IMPACT ON THE BLOCK
Dravon Rangel has provided some relief to a Tech front row during the absence of Aubree Piper as the sophomore has 40 blocks during Big 12 play for a 1.38 per set average that is ranked second in the league. Rangel has posted six blocks each in four of Tech's last five matches with the lone exception being at Texas last week. The Grand Prairie, Texas native is averaging 1.53 blocks per set this season which is easily the highest ratio in the conference.

TECH AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN BLOCKS
The Red Raiders enter this week's matches currently ranked fifth nationally in blocks per set as Tech is averaging 3.05 stuffs per set. Tech has been ranked as high as second this year, while middle blocker Mikia Mills is currently tied for 88th overall with a 1.09 per set average and right-side Miara Cave is just below her in a tie for 119th with a 1.04 ratio. Fellow middle blocker Dravon Rangel has not currently played in enough matches to appear in the rankings.


 

 

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