The Wildcats have historically dominated the series against Tech, controlling a 27-8 all-time advantage after this season's 3-0 sweep of the Red Raiders on Oct. 8 in Lubbock. Kansas State has won 13-straight in the series that dates back to 1982. Tech is only 1-14 in matches played in Manhattan with that lone win coming in a five-set victory on Nov. 20, 2004.
The Red Raiders wrap the 2011 regular season next week with a road match at Oklahoma on Wednesday evening before returning to the United Spirit Arena to face Missouri at 7 p.m. next Saturday.
TECH STILL TWO WINS SHY OF FIRST WINNING SEASON SINCE 2001
With only three matches left in the season, Tech remains two victories shy of ensuring its first winning season since 2001 as the Red Raiders will face Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Missouri over the next week. Tech's 2011 squad finished the year 18-14 en route to earning an NCAA Tournament selection, the school's last postseason appearance.
DOWDY NEARING SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10
Amanda Dowdy enters this week with 385 kills on the season, 39 shy of her mark from last year that ranks 10th in the Tech single-season record book. With 19 kills Tuesday against San Jose State, the senior became the first Tech player to record consecutive 400-kill seasons since Philister Sang did so from 2005-06. Dowdy could also crack the top 10 in digs as she has 332 on the season, 59 shy of Melissa McGehee's total of 391 from the 2001 season that ranks 10th all-time.
CAVE ON RECENT HOT STREAK
Miara Cave enters this weekend having posted 10-plus kills in each of her last three outings, including 11 Tuesday night at San Jose State. The junior previously posted 12 kills against Kansas last Saturday and 10 against Texas on Nov. 9. Cave also hit .471 against the Longhorns, marking the sixth time this season she has hit .400 or better. Cave had not previously posted double-digit kills in consecutive matches since recording 14 against New Mexico (Sept. 26) and 11 against Oklahoma (Oct. 1). She had not previously been in double figures over a three-match stetch throughout her career.
SAN JOSE ENDS TECH'S NON-CONFERENCE RUN
The Red Raiders' loss to San Jose State Tuesday night snapped Tech's 14-match winning streak against non-conference opponents, the school's longest such run since winning 22-straight over the course of the 1996-97 seasons. The loss dropped Tech to 14-2 this year against non-conference opponents.
VAUGHAN APPROACHING TOP 10 AS WELL
Like Dowdy, Tory Vaughan could also put her name in the Tech single-season record book as the junior is 24 digs shy of tying Melissa McGehee for 10th overall. Vaughan has recorded 367 digs so far this season, the most for a Tech player since Desiree Batista had 444 in 2005.
FLORA SIGNS FOUR DURING FALL PERIOD
Don Flora added to the future of the Tech program last week when he signed Emily Ehrle, Brianna Grant, Emily Ruetter, and Meghan Stacy to national letters of intent. The four signees will join with a talented group of preferred walk-ons next fall, giving Flora additional depth along the front row as he signed a group that consists of two outside hitters (Ehrle, Stacy), a middle blocker (Grant), and a setter (Reutter).
ACE IN THE HOLE
After recording six aces Tuesday at San Jose State, the Red Raiders are now up to 119 aces on the year, the squad's most since wrapping the 2008 season with 128 overall. Tech has almost doubled its total from a year ago as the Red Raiders finished with just 64 aces throughout the 2010 season.
DOWDY NOT JUST AN OFFENSIVE PLAYER
If Amanda Dowdy has proved one thing this season, it would be that her impact isn't only felt on the attack. The senior is Tech's leader in kills and trails only Tory Vaughan for the team high in digs as well. One of the Big 12's top performers in both categories, Dowdy has posted a double-double in 21 of Tech's 29 matches so far, giving her 35 for her career. She is currently ranked fourth in the conference with 4.00 kills per set while her 3.29 digs per set average is just outside the top 10.
PIPER ADDS TO OFFENSE SINCE RETURN
After missing most of the month of October, Aubree Piper has made quite an impact on the Tech offense since returning to the lineup prior to the Baylor match on Oct. 26. In her six matches since then, Piper has totaled 46 kills to go along with 18 blocks. She recorded 10 kills last Saturday against Kansas in what is her current high since her return to the rotation.
DOWDY REACHES 4,000 CAREER ATTEMPTS
Amanda Dowdy became just the second player all-time to reach 4,000 attempts over a career as her 48 swings against Texas moved her to 4,006 during her four seasons. She joins Kelly Johnson as the only players to reach the mark. Johnson owns the school record with 5,142 swings during the 2001-04 seasons.
DAVID AMONG TOP RED RAIDER FRESHMEN
With three matches to play, Breeann David is on pace to record the most kills for a Tech freshman since current teammate Amanda Dowdy's inaugural season in 2008. David has totaled 237 kills at a 2.37 per set average thus far, leaving her 64 shy of Dowdy's mark of 301 as a freshman. Dowdy leads the Red Raiders this season with 404 kills as well.
TECH FACING STIFF COMPETITION IN BIG 12
There is no question that competing in the Big 12 Conference brings a challenge night in and night out during league play. That is the case once again this season as eight of the nine competing schools are among the top 50 in the latest RPI rankings. Tech is the lone school left out as the Red Raiders came in at No. 87 this week. Following Tuesday night's loss to San Jose State, 13 of Tech's 14 losses this season have come to schools ranked in the top 60 of the RPI.
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 four of her last seven matches. Huskey finished with a career-high 13 digs against Texas A&M on Oct. 19 before recording 11 at Kansas and 10 against Baylor. She followed that up with 10 digs at Iowa State on Nov. 5. Huskey has played in every set over that span normally as a defensive substitute for Miara Cave on the back row.
TECH STILL AMONG NATIONAL BLOCK LEADERS
The Red Raiders remained in the top 10 in the blocking rankings this week as their 2.85 stuffs per set average ranks 10th nationally. Tech leads the conference in the category as well with a significant gap between the Red Raiders and Texas, which is averaging 2.63 blocks per set.