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Red Raiders Close Home Slate Against Baylor Wednesday

Nov. 20, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Coming off an impressive 3-1 victory over No. 20 Kansas State last Saturday, Texas Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena court Wednesday evening to close out its home schedule against Baylor. The match is set for a 6 p.m. first serve and will air nationally on FOX College Sports.

Texas Tech will make its final appearance on FOX College Sports Wednesday evening when the Red Raiders host Baylor at the United Spirit Arena. Steve Strain will have the call courtside with Jim Giacomazzi once again joining the broadcast team as the color analyst. Courtney Davis will also handle the sideline duties for the third-straight match. This is Texas Tech's third appearance on FOX College Sports this season.

Despite dropping 15 of the last 16 matches to Baylor, Texas Tech has historically controlled the series as the Red Raiders are 49-23 all-time against the Bears, including a 25-8 mark in contests played in Lubbock. Tech held on for a five-set victory in last year's match in Lubbock to snap a 14-match losing streak to Baylor. The Bears overcame an early first-set deficit to take a 3-1 victory on Oct. 10 in the first match of this year's series.

Texas Tech closes the season Saturday afternoon when the Red Raiders travel to face No. 20 Kansas for a 1 p.m. match in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The Jayhawks are the third ranked team for the Red Raiders to face over the final four matches of the season.

PLAYER TO WATCH - Brianna Grant
Brianna Grant turned in a career performance in Texas Tech's 3-1 victory over No. 20 Kansas State last Saturday as the freshman totaled season highs with 10 kills and nine blocks from the middle. The performance was good enough to help lead the Red Raiders to their first win over a ranked opponent since 2004. Grant finished with 21 total attempts as she recorded a team-high .333 hitting percentage thanks to just three errors. She was a catalyst in helping the Red Raiders post 14.5 blocks on the night as her nine stuffs were five more than her previous season high. She had also not previously connected on more than six kills in a match this season as well. The Antioch, Ill. native has been in Tech's starting lineup in each of the last six matches.

• Texas Tech ended an eight-year drought against ranked opponents by topping the 20th-ranked Wildcats, 3-1, last Saturday at the United Spirit Arena. It was Tech's first win over a top-25 team since topping K-State, which also ranked 20th at the time, in five sets on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan.
• The Red Raiders had not previously defeated a ranked opponent at home since dropping No. 21 Missouri on Oct. 5, 2002. That was also the last time Texas Tech had defeated a ranked opponent in less than five sets.
• The victory marked Texas Tech's third this year in Big 12 play, the program's most in a single season since finishing 5-15 against league opponents in 2006.
• The win snapped a 15-match losing streak to the Wildcats as Tech had not previously defeated K-State since its 2004 match in Manhattan. It was also the first time Tech had topped K-State at home since taking a 3-1 victory on Sept. 22, 2001.
• The victory also marked the first against a ranked opponent for head coach Don Flora.
• The match was the second close contest between the two schools this year as Tech overcame a two-set deficit on Oct. 20 in Manhattan only for K-State to break a 9-9 tie in the fifth to win the match after taking the final six points.

Part of Texas Tech's success against Kansas State last Saturday stemmed from its play at the net where the Red Raiders totaled 14.5 blocks as a team, their most during Big 12 play this season. Tech had reached double digits just twice before during league play with both matches coming in wins over West Virginia. Brianna Grant led Tech's efforts in the middle with a career-high nine blocks while Miara Cave matched her career high with seven blocks. Breeann David and Mikia Mills also added five and four blocks each as well. It was the most blocks for the Red Raiders since posting 17 against Northwestern State on Sept. 1 this year.

If one thing was evident last Saturday against Kansas State, winning the opening set was crucial for the Red Raiders. Tech is 10-3 this season and 24-6 under head coach Don Flora when winning the opening frame after topping the Wildcats in four sets. Overcoming deficits, though, 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 also improved to 9-0 this year and 12-1 under Flora when taking a 2-1 lead into the fourth set.

Rachel Brummitt snapped the Texas Tech single-season digs record early in the first set against TCU on Nov. 7 as she passed Melissa McGehee's school-record total from the 2000 season. With her 15 digs against Kansas State last Saturday, Brummitt now has 483 on the year, 35 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 different players reach the 400-dig mark in consecutive seasons.



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