Sooners and Tigers on Tap for Tech

Tech will battle No. 23 Oklahoma on the road Wednesday before returning home to take on Missouri Saturday.

Tech will battle No. 23 Oklahoma on the road Wednesday before returning home to take on Missouri Saturday.
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Nov. 6, 2007

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Sooners and Tigers on Tap for Tech
Two tough matches await Texas Tech this week as it travels to Norman, Okla. to battle No. 23 Oklahoma on Wednesday before returning to the United Spirit Arena to take on Missouri Saturday. First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last Time Out
Nov. 3, 2007
Three Red Raiders knocked down double-digit kills and Tech recorded 15 team blocks, but it was not enough to get by Colorado in a 3-1 loss (34-32, 20-30, 15-30 and 19-30) Saturday afternoon in Boulder, Colo.

Senior Amy Gandy paced the Red Raiders offensively with a team-best 15 kills to go along with seven digs and a pair of blocks. Alicia Ostmeyer nailed down 12 kills to go with her match-high eight blocks. Michelle Flores also chipped in 12 kills. Brandi Hood added seven blocks on eight kills, while freshman Becca Baldwin notched a career-high six blocks. Setter Kourtney Dunnam spread the offense with a career-high 46 assists.

Last Sooner Showdown
Despite having one its best defensive efforts of the season, Texas Tech volleyball could not withstand No. 25 Oklahoma in a 3-0 (28-30, 26-30 and 18-30) setback on the South Plains.

The Red Raiders' defense held the streaking Sooners to just .169 hitting. Tech also put away 25 blocks while evening OU at 39 digs apiece. Tech also held the Sooners' Mariana Blum to just eight kills on .095 hitting.

Gandy led the Red Raider defense with 11 digs and a season-best six blocks to go along with five kills. Ostmeyer added five blocks of her own in addition to her eight kills. Caroline Courtney, Hood and Flores were also turned in strong efforts with four blocks apiece, a career high for Courtney. Flores led Tech with a team-best nine kills.

Killing Spree
Michelle Flores has notched at least eight kills in 20 of Tech's 24 matches this season. She has 16 double-digit kill outings on the season.

One of only three
UNLV, who the Red Raiders beat fairly easily in four games earlier in the year, is now ranked No. 25 nationally. Tech is one of just three teams to beat the Rebels this year. The Red Raiders topped UNLV 3-1 on its home court at the UNLV Tournament in August.

Tech vs. Oklahoma
Wednesday will mark the 52nd all-time meeting between the Red Raiders and Sooners. Tech leads the series 34-17.

Scouting the Sooners
Santiago Restrepo is in his fourth year at the helm of Oklahoma and his eighth year overall. He has a career record of 192-124 coming into Wednesday. His record with the Sooners is 65-52.

OU is ranked No. 23 nationally and boasts an 18-7, 10-5 record on the season. The Sooners rank fifth in the conference in assists and sixth in kills.

Senior outside hitter Mariana Blum leads three OU players that average three-plus kills per game. Blum averages 3.45 kpg, which ranks 10th in the conference. Senior Sarah Weiland is close behind at 3.22 kpg. Julie Chester fuels the offense at 12.66 apg, good for fourth in the conference. Defensively, Hannah Sharp leads the team with 4.09 dpg, while Anna Stadel paces the Sooners with 1.01 bpg.

Red Raiders vs. Tigers
Saturday will mark the 25 meeting all time between the two programs. Missouri has won 13 of them, including a 3-0 decision in Columbia, Mo. earler in the season.

Scouting the Tigers
Wayne Kreklow is in his eighth year at the helm of the Tigers. He has been a head coach a total of 15 years, including three years as a men's coach. He has a total record of 370-79, counting this season, in that time. The Tigers are 14-10, 7-8 on the season, having lost four of their last six matches. All four of those losses came at the hands of Nebraska, Texas and Kansas State.

Mizzou is paced offensively by Na Yang. The Shan Dong, China, native is averaging 4.45 kpg, good for fifth in the conference. Weiwen Wang is averaging 2.74 kpg and .84 blocks per game. Her 13 blocks against Colorado earlier in the season tie the most in the conference this year.Senior Libero Tatum Ailes ranks first in the Big 12 in digs at 4.89 dpg.




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