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Volleyball Preview: Texas Tech at Kansas State

Barbara Conceicao

Barbara Conceicao

Nov. 2, 2010

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech makes its third television appearance of the year when it travels to Manhatten, Kan. for a 7 p.m. match Wednesday against Kansas State. The match will be aired by Fox College Sports.

Fox College Sports will pick up the feed from FS-Kansas City and air the match live across the central time zone. Fans with FCS on its cable package should be able to view the game in Lubbock as FCS can be found on channel 623 on Direct TV, channel 510 with Suddenlink, and channel 648 on AT&T U-Verse.

With nine-straight losses in the series, Kansas State has maintained a 25-8 all-time advantage over Tech in a series that dates back to 1982. The Red Raiders are 1-12 when playing in Manhattan.

The Red Raiders will be looking to break a seven-match losing streak against Kansas State as Tech fell, 3-0, to Kansas last Saturday in Lawrence. Tech is under the direction of interim head coach Beth Falls, who was named to the position on Oct. 25.

Preseason All-Big 12 selection Amanda Dowdy has powered the Tech offense with 4.00 kills per set and 4.49 points per set, both ranked fourth in the conference. Dowdy has led the team in kills in all but two matches this season, and her 4.36 kills per set in conference play is tops in the league. She ranks 40th in the nation in kills per set.

Karlyn Meyers is currently eighth in the conference with a 9.09 assists per set average. Miara Cave and Aubree Piper are Tech's next offensive options besides Dowdy as the duo is averaging 1.83 and 1.75 kills per set each. On the defensive end, libero Jackie Vincent has been a consistent option for the Red Raiders, posting 243 digs on the year, while middle blocker Barbara Conceicao leads the squad with 1.08 blocks per set, ninth-highest in the conference. Dowdy has added 171 digs of her own.

After opening Big 12 play with two-straight wins over Kansas and Tech, Kansas State has dropped 10 of its last 11 conference matches, including eight-straight losses all of which that have come by 3-0 sweeps. The Wildcats' last victory was Oct. 2 in a 3-0 sweep at Texas A&M.

JuliAnne Chisholm leads KSU with 3.07 kills per set, while Kaitlynn Pelger trails closely behind at 2.74 kills per set. Setter Caitlyn Donahue is averaging 9.23 assists per set to go along with 177 digs. Alex Muff is KSU's most accurate hitter with a .247 percentage, while also chipping in on the defensive end with 1.26 blocks per set. The Wildcats are 1-5 in Big 12 matches played in Manhattan.

Kansas State defeated Tech, 3-0, earlier this season in Lubbock. Tech used a nine-point rally in the third set to come close to forcing a fourth set, but the Wildcats were able to get the point needed to end the Red Raiders' run.

The Red Raiders return to the United Spirit Arena this Saturday for the final stretch of the 2010 season as the 5th-ranked Nebraska Huskers come to town. The match has been moved to a noon start due to the homecoming football game against Missouri later in the day.

After defeating Kansas earlier in the season, Tech could not repeat its previous performance last Saturday as the Jayhawks swept the Red Raiders in straight sets. Amanda Dowdy led Tech with 13 kills, while Sheridan Burgess added a career-high eight kills. Miara Cave also posted eight kills in the match to go along with 31 assists by Karlyn Meyers and five blocks by Barbara Conceicao.

With Tech needing a boost of energy last Saturday at Kansas, interim head coach Beth Falls inserted Sheridan Burgess into the rotation and the freshman delivered with a career-high eight kills. Burgess, who can play almost any spot on the floor, added a career-high three blocks in the match.

The Texas Tech volleyball program will celebrate its former players with an alumni event Friday night in the east side building of Jones AT&T Stadium. Any alumni wishing to attend should contact assistant coach Amy Gandy at

After two and a half seasons at one of Tech's primary offensive targets, junior Amanda Dowdy is inching closer to joining the top 10 for several career categories on the school's all-time chart, namely kills and total attempts. Here is a rundown of where the Lexington, Texas native currently stands:

Career Kills
1. Kelly Johnson (2001-04) - 1,925
2. Melissa McGehee (1992-02) - 1,333
9. Kim Gosselin (1989-92) - 962
10. Jennifer Cohn (1992-95) - 957
Amanda Dowdy (2008-Pres.) - 917

Career Attack Attempts
1. Kelly Johnson (2001-04) - 5,142
2. Melissa McGee (1999-02) - 3,368
9. Kiley Lyons (2003-06) - 2,680
10. Brande Brown (1994-97) - 2,600
Amanda Dowdy (2008-Pres.) - 2,514

In the midst of one of her best seasons since arriving on campus, Karlyn Meyers is closing in on eighth on the school's all-time assists leaderboard. Entering Wednesday, Meyers has recorded 1,598 assists in a little over two seasons, 78 assists shy of tying Rochelle Kaa'iai (1988-92) for eighth overall.

Tech closes its home schedule at the United Spirit Arena with the Big 12's three ranked programs in No. 5 Nebraska, No. 8 Texas, and No. 12 Iowa State. The Red Raiders face the Huskers at noon Saturday before battling Texas on Nov. 13 and Iowa State on Nov. 24.

Texas Tech's next home match against 2nd-ranked Nebraska on Saturday has been moved to a noon first serve due to the football team's 7 p.m. homecoming game against Missouri that night.



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