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Texas Tech Closes First Half of Big 12 Play Against Baylor


Rachel Brummitt and the Red Raiders host Baylor at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Oct. 25, 2013

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will close the first half of Big 12 Conference play Saturday afternoon when the Red Raiders host Baylor in a 1 p.m. first serve at the United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders enter the weekend at 8-15 overall and 1-6 so far in league play while Baylor currently sits at 10-13 overall and 2-5 in conference action.

AROUND THE NET
• The Red Raiders will be looking to end the first half of Big 12 play with a win Saturday for the first time since 2005 when the Red Raiders topped Texas A&M in five sets on Oct. 22 at home.
• A win over Baylor would give Texas Tech two wins through the first half of Big 12 play, which would be the program's most at this point in a season since 2006 when the Red Raiders were 2-6 in what was then an 11-team league.
• Saturday's match with Baylor will mark the 74th all-time meeting between the two schools who have met each season in all but one year since 1976. The Baylor series is the second-longest running series for Texas Tech against an opponent.
• Texas Tech has historically dominated the series with Baylor as the Red Raiders will be looking for their 50th all-time victory over the Bears Saturday afternoon. Tech enters the weekend 49-24 all-time against Baylor, including a 25-9 mark in matches played in Lubbock.
• Despite trailing significantly in the overall series, Baylor has controlled the match-up as of late, winning 15 of the previous 16 contests, including a pair of 3-1 victories over the Red Raiders a year ago.
• Texas Tech went into the intermission tied with the Bears in both matches last year, only for Baylor to come back from the break and win the next two sets. The Red Raiders ended the 2011 series on a winning note with a 3-2 victory that marked Don Flora's first Big 12 win in his Texas Tech tenure.
Breeann David has been Texas Tech's most successful player in recent years against Baylor as the junior is averaging nearly three kills per set after totaling 47 career kills against the Bears, including 17 in the series finale a year ago in Lubbock. David has also recorded 21 digs and 10 blocks in her four matches all-time against Baylor.
• The Red Raiders are currently riding a three-match losing streak after falling to New Mexico in straight sets Wednesday night at the United Spirit Arena. Tech, which last won Oct. 12 in a five-set thriller at TCU, has dropped its last five matches at home, falling to 2-6 this year inside the USA.
• Baylor is coming off a 3-1 victory Wednesday night at home over Kansas State, which moved the Bears into a four-way tie for fifth place in the Big 12 standings entering this weekend.

TEXAS TECH AND BAYLOR - THE SERIES
The Red Raiders will be looking for win No. 50 over Baylor on Saturday afternoon as Texas Tech enters the weekend 49-24 all-time against the Bears. It will be the 74th all-time meeting between the two schools which is the second-longest running series for Texas Tech against an opponent. The Red Raiders have faced Baylor in all but one season (1981) since 1976 with Texas Tech controlling a 25-9 advantage in matches played in Lubbock. Baylor has controlled the series in recent years, though, winning 15 of the last 16 contests, including a pair of 3-1 victories a year ago.

BRUMMITT ON PACE FOR YET ANOTHER MEMORABLE SEASON
After such a memorable debut in scarlet and black a year ago, it may seem difficult to picture Rachel Brummitt duplicating or even surpassing her record-setting numbers from 2012. The junior is well on her way to doing that, though, as she is currently on pace to surpass the 510 digs she recorded a year ago. Brummitt enters this week with 439 digs, her exact total through 26 matches a year ago, over 83 total sets, three fewer than from the 2012 season when she had 385 digs through 23 matches. She is averaging 5.29 digs per set which ranks second in the Big 12 this year and is almost a full dig higher than her average at this point a year ago. Brummitt has finished with 20 or more digs 11 times already this year, including a season-high 29 on Sept. 7 against Eastern Washington. She has been in double digits for digs in all but one of Tech's matches this season as well.

BRUMMITT CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER DIGS
In addition to nearing her single-season school record for digs a year ago, Rachel Brummitt is closing in on 1,000 digs for her career as the junior libero enters the Baylor match with 949 in almost two seasons. The Plano, Texas could approach the career category for digs by the end of the year as Ginger Carter currently sits in 10th place all-time after recording 1,092 digs from 1991-94. Lisa Hilgers is the Texas Tech all-time leader in digs as she totaled 1,583 over her four seasons in 1995-98.

 

 

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