The Red Raiders will be looking to snap an 18-match losing streak to the Tigers as Tech's last win in the series came on Oct. 5, 2002 in a 3-1 victory in Lubbock. Missouri owns a 21-11 all-time advantage in a series that dates back just prior to the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. The Tigers, who are expected to join the Southeastern Conference (SEC) next year, are 9-6 all-time in matches played in Lubbock.
TECH TO HONOR ITS TWO SENIORS SATURDAY NIGHT
Texas Tech will honor both its seniors, Amanda Dowdy and Karlyn Meyers, prior to Saturday night's match as the contest will be their final one in a Red Raiders uniform. Two of the top players in school history, Dowdy and Meyers have helped transform the Tech program this season, pushing the Red Raiders to 15 wins while also remaining competitive in each and every Big 12 match. Meyers is set to graduate with a degree in exercise sports science this December and will begin work immediately after on a masters degree in strength and conditioning. Dowdy, meanwhile, is expected to sign a professional contract to play overseas following the season. She will finish her degree this summer and graduate in August 2012.
MISSOURI OUTLASTS TECH IN SERIES OPENER
Missouri came out of the break and broke open an early 1-1 tie, winning the next two sets to drop Tech, 3-1, in the series opener Oct. 15 in Columbia. The match was close through its entirety as all four sets were determined by four points or less. The Red Raiders struggled on the pass, giving up 10 aces to the Tigers, still the most for a Tech opponent this season. Tech, meanwhile, surrendered nine points thanks to service errors. Amanda Dowdy posted one of her best performances of the season, finishing with 22 kills and a .293 hitting percentage as she had only five errors off 58 attacks. Breeann David also had 13 kills for the Red Raiders, while Miara Cave added nine of her own. Tech finished the match hitting .213 as a team, a few points shy of Missouri's .216 average.
RED RAIDERS CAN STILL SALVAGE A WINNING SEASON
With a win Saturday, the Red Raiders can finish the year at .500 thanks to a 16-16 overall record, a feat that has not been previously accomplished since the 2001 squad finished 18-14 and advanced to Tech's last NCAA Tournament appearance. Tech is currently in the midst of a seven-match losing streak, matching the team's longest of the season.
DOWDY ENTERS SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10
After recording 38 kills in her last two matches, Amanda Dowdy currently ranks eighth on the school's single-season chart as the senior has dropped 442 kills on the year. Dowdy has already passed her kill total (424) from a year ago that had previously ranked 10th all-time. She is the first Tech player to record consecutive 400-kill seasons since Philister Sang did so from 2005-06. Dowdy is 12 kills shy of Kelly Johnson's seventh-place total of 454 from 2004 and 31 kills shy of entering the top five.
DOWDY COULD ENTER BIG 12 RECORD BOOK AS WELL
Amanda Dowdy needs at least 46 attempts Saturday to enter the Big 12's career top 10 in the category as she trails Nebraska's Sarah Pavan (2004-07) for 10th all-time. Thanks to a career-high 1,326 swings this season, Dowdy now has 4,219 attempts over her career, the most for among active Big 12 players. Dowdy's attempts total this year currently ranks fourth on the school's single-season chart.
VAUGHAN ENTERS SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10 TOO
Thanks to her 10 digs at Oklahoma, Tory Vaughan entered the school's single-season top 10 in digs as the junior libero now has 393 on the year, the most for a Tech player since Desiree Batista had 444 in 2005. The San Antonio native needs seven digs Saturday to become just the seventh player in school history to reach 400 digs in a season.
CAVE CONTINUES TO BE LETHAL ON RIGHT SIDE
Miara Cave comes into the Missouri match riding a recent hot streak, having posted 51 total kills over her last five matches. The junior has been in double digits three times over that span with the two exceptions being nine-kill performances against Kansas State last weekend and against Oklahoma on Wednesday. Cave had previously been in double digits her three previous matches, a feat she had not previously accomplished in her career.
MEYERS WRAPS CAREER WITH BEST SEASON
Karlyn Meyers will likely wrap her Tech career in sole possession of sixth on the school's career assists chart as the senior has recorded 2,869 over four seasons, becoming only the eighth player in school history to reach 2,000 assists in a career. Meyers has 1,018 assists so far this season, just the first Tech to reach the 1,000 assist mark in a single season since Laura Grote in 2003.
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 nine 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.
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 31 matches so far, giving her 36 for her career. She is currently ranked fourth in the conference with 4.09 kills per set while her 3.19 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 seven matches since then, Piper has totaled 56 kills to go along with 23 blocks. She recorded 10 kills on Nov. 12 against Kansas in what is her current high since her return to the rotation.