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The Red Raiders face the Texas A&M Aggies at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in College Station.

Nov. 1, 2011

Tech Match Notes |  A&M Notes

LUBBOCK, Texas - Coming off its first Big 12 victory of the season, Texas Tech returns to the court Wednesday evening in College Station for a 6:30 p.m. match against the Texas A&M Aggies at Reed Arena.

THE SERIES
Following the Aggies' five-set victory earlier this season, Texas A&M controls a 53-29 all-time advantage in the series that dates back to 1975. Tech, which is only 8-25 all-time in College Station, has lost nine-straight to A&M as the Red Raiders' last win came in a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 18, 2006. Tech also took a five-set victory against the Aggies earlier that year in what is the school's lone win in College Station since 1998.

LOOKING AHEAD
The Red Raiders remain on the road this weekend, traveling to Ames, Iowa for a 4 p.m. match Saturday with the 13th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones at Hilton Coliseum. Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena next Wednesday (Nov. 9) to face in-state rival Texas at 6:30 p.m. The match will be aired live locally on Fox News Now, channel No. 9 for Suddenlink customers in the Lubbock area.

AGGIES DELIVER ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER TO TECH IN SERIES OPENER
Tech dropped its second five-set match of the season Oct. 19 when the Aggies escaped Lubbock with a 3-2 victory thanks in part to a 15-13 win in the final frame that kept the Red Raiders winless in Big 12 play. Amanda Dowdy led the Red Raiders with a match-high 22 kills to go along with 10 digs, while Miara Cave and Breeann David each added 16 and 11 kills of their own.

BAYLOR VICTORY MOVES TECH TWO WINS SHY OF FIRST WINNING SEASON SINCE 2001
With its win over Baylor a week ago, Tech is now two wins shy of ensuring its first winning season since 2001 as the Red Raiders have six Big 12 matches remaining along with a non-conference contest at San Jose State. Tech's 2001 squad finished the year 18-14 en route to earning an NCAA Tournament selection. The Red Raiders will face three nationally-ranked squads over the final month of the season with two of those coming on the road.

FLORA EARNS FIRST BIG 12 VICTORY
After eight tries, including two close calls, Don Flora earned his first Big 12 victory when Tech defeated Baylor in five sets last week. The first-year head coach nearly led Tech to victories over No. 25 Oklahoma and Texas A&M earlier in the year before falling in five sets. In his 12 totals seasons as a head coach, Flora is a combined 141-18 during conference matches, boasting an .889 winning percentage.

VAUGHAN ADDS TO WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
Tory Vaughan became the third Red Raider to earn a Big 12 weekly award Monday as the junior libero was named the conference defensive player of the week after recording a career-high 31 digs against Baylor. Her dig output marked the most for a Tech player in the rally scoring era (2001-present) and the most since Ann Romjue set the school record with 36 digs against Texas A&M on Nov. 18, 2000. Vaughan joined Aubree Piper (Defensive on Sept. 6) and Breeann David (Newcomer on Sept. 12) as Tech's three weekly award winners, the school's most selections in a single season since 2002.

PIPER RETURNS AGAINST BAYLOR
The Red Raiders received a morale boost against Baylor with the return of middle blocker Aubree Piper, who had been sidelined since Tech's Oct. 1 loss to Oklahoma. Piper played in all five sets, totaling six kills and a team-high four blocks.

BAYLOR WIN MOVES TECH UP IN LATEST RPI
Tech jumped up 14 spots in the latest ratings percentage index after its victory over Baylor. The Red Raiders went from 103rd overall to 89th on the poll that is used widely for NCAA Tournament selections. The Big 12 Conference ranks only behind the Big 10 in conference strength as the Big 10 boasts nine schools ranked inside the top 60 of the poll compared to eight of nine Big 12 schools. The next-highest conference is the Pacific-12 with seven schools in the top 60.

BURGESS FACES ANOTHER FORMER TEAMMATE
For the second-straight match, Sheridan Burgess will once again be facing another former high school teammate as Texas A&M's Kelsey Black also hails from just north of Lubbock in Amarillo. The duo won a state together while playing for the highly-successful Amarillo High program when Burgess was only a sophomore and Black was a senior on the Sandies' 2007 squad.

TECH STILL AMONG NATIONAL BLOCK LEADERS
The Red Raiders remained in the top 10 in the blocking rankings this week as their 2.98 stuffs per set average ranks seventh nationally. Tech leads the conference in the category as well. Mikia Mills is in a tie for 94th nationally with 1.09 blocks per set while Miara Cave has a 1.02 average that is tied for 138th overall.

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 1,378 kills over her career after dropping 16 last week against Baylor. 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.

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 or more digs in her last three matches. Huskey finished with a career-high 13 digs against Texas A&M before recording 11 at Kansas and 10 against Baylor. Huskey has played in every set over Tech's last four matches, normally as a defensive substitute for Miara Cave on the back row.


 

 

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