Despite 12-straight losses to the Sooners, Tech has historically controlled the matchup with Oklahoma, leading 34-25 in a series that dates all the way to 1976. The Red Raiders have not topped the Sooners since taking a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 21, 2005 in Lubbock. Tech is 13-13 in matches played in Norman even though the Red Raiders have not scored a road win since a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 9, 2002.
The Red Raiders close the regular season Saturday evening against Missouri. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena. Saturday will also be Senior Night as Tech will honor its two seniors, Amanda Dowdy and Karlyn Meyers, prior to the match.
SOONERS TAKE A THRILLING FIVE-SET MATCH IN SERIES OPENER
In what could be a match that helped change Tech's season, Oklahoma took the series opener between the two schools, surviving a five-set thriller that saw the Red Raiders reach match point three times in the final frame. Tech went on to lose its next six matches, including three-straight by a 3-0 score. Amanda Dowdy led four Tech players in double figures offensively, posting 18 kills to go along with a career-high 28 digs. Breeann David had a season-high 17 kills while Miara Cave and Aubree Piper added 11 and 10 of their own.
TECH STILL TWO WINS SHY OF FIRST WINNING SEASON SINCE 2001
Entering likely its final week of the season, Tech can still put the finishing touches of its first winning season since 2001. The Red Raiders would need to defeat both Oklahoma and Missouri to guarantee a 17-15 overall record. Tech's 2001 squad finished the year 18-14 en route to earning an NCAA Tournament selection, the school's last postseason appearance.
DOWDY ENTERS SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10
After her 21-kill performance at Kansas State last Saturday, Amanda Dowdy has entered the school's single-season top 10 for kills as she has 425 on the year, one more than her junior season that previously ranked 10th all-time. The senior is 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 342 on the season, 49 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 three of her last four outings, the lone exception being her nine at Kansas State last weekend. The junior previously posted 11 kills at San Jose State, 12 against Kansas on Nov. 12, 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 stretch throughout her career.
HUSKEY CONTINUES TO STEP UP OFF BENCH
Brandy Huskey dropped a career-high 18 digs last weekend at Kansas State as the sophomore continued to shine off the bench. Huskey has posted 10 or more digs in five of her last eight matches as she has played in every set over that span normally as a defensive substitute for Miara Cave on the back row. Huskey's previous career high came against Texas A&M on Oct. 19 when she recorded 13 digs.
VAUGHAN APPROACHING TOP 10 AS WELL
Tory Vaughan will likely put her name in the Tech record book this week as the junior libero is just nine digs shy of tying Melissa McGehee for 10th in the school's single-season record book. After 15 digs at Kansas State last weekend, Vaughan now has 383 on the year, the most for a Tech player since Desiree Batista had 444 in 2005. The San Antonio native could also become just the seventh player in school history to reach 400 digs in a season as well.
DOWDY REWRITING MORE RECORDS
Amanda Dowdy is now just 100 swings shy of entering the Big 12 Conference's top 10 for career attempts as the senior has 4,170 over her four seasons. Nebraska's Sarah Pavan is currently ranked 10th all-time as she totaled 4,265 attempts during the 2004-07 seasons. For the second-straight season, Dowdy has already entered the Tech single-season top 10 for single-season attempts as her 1,278 so far this year is just eight shy of her total from a year ago which ranks sixth all-time. Less than 100 attempts separate Dowdy and Philister Sang's second-place total of 1,376 swings in 2005.
ACE IN THE HOLE
With five aces last weekend at Kansas State, the Red Raiders are now up to 123 on the year, the school'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 22 of Tech's 30 matches so far, giving her 36 for her career. She is currently ranked fourth in the conference with 4.05 kills per set while her 3.26 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 51 kills to go along with 19 blocks. She recorded 10 kills on Nov. 12 against Kansas in what is her current high since her return to the rotation.
DAVID AMONG TOP RED RAIDER FRESHMEN
With two 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 246 kills at a 2.37 per set average thus far, leaving her 55 shy of Dowdy's mark of 301 as a freshman. Dowdy leads the Red Raiders this season with 425 kills as well.