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Red Raiders Head to State Capital to Face No. 3 Texas


The Red Raiders travel to face No. 3 Texas Wednesday night in Austin.

Nov. 13, 2012

Texas Tech Notes  |  Big 12 Notes

LUBBOCK, Texas - After a week off, Texas Tech heads to the state capital to face No. 3 Texas in a 7 p.m. match Wednesday evening at Gregory Gym in Austin. The match will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network.

INSIDE THE TEXAS SERIES
The Red Raiders will be looking to snap a 23-match losing streak to the Longhorns Saturday as Texas Tech has not defeated its in-state rival since sweeping the 2000 series. Texas has maintained a 73-9-2 overall lead in the all-time series that has been played annually since 1975, the longest active streak among Tech opponents. Tech has only recorded three wins against Texas since 1980 as the Longhorns are also 33-2 all-time when playing in Austin. Tech's 23-match losing streak is the longest against any opponent in school history.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Red Raiders return home for a pair of matches over the next week, beginning Saturday when No. 20 Kansas State travels to Lubbock for a 6 p.m. match at the United Spirit Arena. The match will serve as Senior Day as Tech will honor both Miara Cave and Tory Vaughan along with former player Dravon Rangel prior to the match. The Red Raiders will turn to Baylor on Nov. 21 before ending the season Nov. 24 at Kansas.

PLAYER TO WATCH - Tory Vaughan
Tory Vaughan enters this week as Texas Tech's third-leading defensive player on the back row as the senior has recorded 193 digs on the year, including 98 during Big 12 play alone. The San Antonio, Texas native has also added 18 service aces which is third on the team behind Rachel Brummitt and Emily Ruetter. A four-year letter winner, Vaughan is closing in on 900 digs for her career as she has totaled 892 entering Wednesday's match at Texas. She ranks seventh among active Big 12 players for career digs with just four matches remaining in the season. Vaughan has also recorded 57 career aces during her career, with 41 of those coming in the last two seasons alone. She and Brummitt are the only two Red Raiders to play in all 104 sets so far this season.

TEXAS TECH FALLS JUST SHORT OF EXTENDING PREVIOUS MATCH WITH TEXAS
Through three months this season, few teams have been able to take a set off third-ranked Texas. The Red Raiders came close to joining the select group earlier this year when Texas Tech hosted the then-No. 9 Longhorns on Sept. 29 in Lubbock. After falling in the opening set, Tech led 21-17 in the second and was tied 20-20 late in the third frame before Texas rallied to sweep the Red Raiders. The Longhorns have only lost 17 of 83 sets played this year, with five of those coming in Big 12 play.

RED RAIDERS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Texas Tech will be facing a top-25 team for the fifth time this season as the Red Raiders are 0-4 so far with losses to then-No. 9 Texas, No. 14 Kansas State, and No. 21 Iowa State. The Red Raiders came close to upsetting K-State on Oct. 20 as Tech overcame a two-set deficit to force a fifth frame where the Wildcats closed the match with six-straight points for the victory. Tech has not defeated a ranked opponent since traveling to K-State on Nov. 20, 2004, and defeating the 20th-ranked Wildcats, 3-2, in Manhattan. The Red Raiders are 0-9 against top-25 teams so far under head coach Don Flora.

RED RAIDERS TO MAKE ONE MORE APPEARANCE ON FOX COLLEGE SPORTS
Texas Tech will make its final appearance on FOX College Sports when the Red Raiders battle Baylor on Nov. 21 at the United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders had previously hosted Oklahoma on Oct. 17 and TCU last Wednesday on the network which signed a three-year third-tier rights agreement with Tech in September.

BRUMMITT SNAPS SINGLE-SEASON DIGS RECORD
Rachel Brummitt snapped the Texas Tech single-season digs record early in the first set against TCU last Wednesday evening as she passed Melissa McGehee's school-record total from the 2000 season. With her 12 digs against the Horned Frogs, Brummitt now has 459 on the year, 11 more than McGehee's previous mark. The Plano, Texas native is only the eighth player in school history to record at least 400 digs in a season. She previously passed teammate Tory Vaughan's 407 digs from a year ago, which marked the first time Texas Tech had two players reach the 400-dig mark in consecutive seasons.

DAVID RECORDS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST TCU
Breeann David enters this week coming off a career-high 19 kills last Wednesday when the Red Raiders fell in straight sets to TCU. David opened the match with seven kills in the pivotal first set where Tech led 24-21 before TCU rallied to take the opening lead with a 32-30 victory. She also added nine digs to finish just shy of her fourth career double-double. Her 19 kills snapped her previous career high of 17 that she set on Oct. 1 last year in a five-set loss to Oklahoma. The performance marked the fifth time this season a Tech player has recorded 19 or more kills in a match.

OPENING SET KEY FOR THE RED RAIDERS
The opening set has been crucial for Texas Tech under head coach Don Flora as the Red Raiders are 9-3 this year and 23-6 under Flora when winning the opening frame. Overcoming deficits has been a challenge, especially in Big 12 play, as the Red Raiders have rallied to win from a first-set loss five times under Flora, with four of those matches taking place this season. Tech is also a perfect 16-0 under Flora when taking a 2-0 lead into the break.


 

 

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