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Red Raiders Wrap Regular Season at No. 20 Kansas

The Red Raiders close the regular season Saturday at No. 20 Kansas.

Nov. 23, 2012

Texas Tech Notes

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech closes the regular season Saturday afternoon when the Red Raiders travel to Lawrence, Kan. for a 1 p.m. first serve with No. 20 Kansas at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

After winning 12 of the last 13 contests, Kansas now controls the overall lead in the series with Texas Tech as the Jayhawks are 18-16 all-time against the Red Raiders. Tech has defeated Kansas just once since 2007 which came on Oct. 2, 2010, when the Red Raiders took a 3-2 victory in Lubbock. The Jayhawks, who toppled Tech in straight sets to open Big 12 play on Sept. 22 in Lubbock, are 10-7 all-time against the Red Raiders on their home floor. Tech has not won in Lawrence since taking a 3-1 victory on Sept. 27, 2006.

Despite just ending an eight-year drought against ranked opponents, Texas Tech has found success against one type of top-25 squad - 20th-ranked teams. The Red Raiders' last two wins over ranked opponents have come against No. 20 Kansas State, with the first victory coming on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan and the most recent being last Saturday in Lubbock. Tech will look to continue that trend Saturday as the Jayhawks also enter this week ranked 20th nationally in the most recent AVCA poll.

The Red Raiders will be looking to snap an 11-match losing streak in regular-season finales Saturday as Texas Tech's last win to close the year came in 2000 with a sweep of Iowa State. Tech is 4-12 during the Big 12 era in regular-season finales, including a 1-9 mark when ending the year on the road. Tech's only road win during that stretch came in 1998 when the Red Raiders toppled Oklahoma, 3-0, in Norman. The Red Raiders also traveled to Kansas to end the 2003 regular season where the Jayhawks took a 3-0 sweep.

• Texas Tech broke 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 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 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.

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. The sophomore has continued to add to her season total since then as she has 499 digs entering this weekend, 51 more than McGehee's previous school record. 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.

If one thing was evident 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 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.



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