Red Raiders Close Season Saturday Against TCU

Nov. 29, 2013

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will look to close the 2013 season with a win Saturday when the Red Raiders host TCU on Senior Day at the United Spirit Arena. First serve is slated for 3 p.m. following a pregame presentation to Tech's lone senior, Aubree Piper. The Red Raiders head into the season finale at 9-22 overall and 2-13 in Big 12 play while TCU is currently 16-14 on the year and 4-11 in league action after a 3-0 sweep Wednesday over Kansas State.

• Texas Tech will recognize its lone senior Aubree Piper prior to the match Saturday afternoon. This is Tech's smallest senior class since 2003 when Angela Mooney represented the only senior on the Red Raider roster.
• Piper has a chance to end her career in the Texas Tech record book for two different categories, including hitting percentage where her .248 career average currently ranks eighth all-time in program history. Piper has also totaled 216 career block assists, which is just one shy of entering the top-10 in school history.
• The Red Raiders will be looking to win on Senior Day for the second-consecutive season as Texas Tech knocked off No. 20 Kansas State, 3-1, on Nov. 17 last year. Tech has not won consecutive Senior Day matches since the 2001-02 seasons when the Red Raiders topped Baylor (2001) and Iowa State (2002).
• Texas Tech will also be aiming to end its season on a positive note as the Red Raiders have not closed the regular season with a victory since defeating Iowa State, 3-0, on Nov. 25, 2000, in Lubbock. Tech is just 4-12 all-time during the Big 12 era in regular-season finales.
• The Red Raiders found success against TCU earlier this year with a 3-2 victory on Oct. 13 in Fort Worth. The five-set victory marked Tech's first on the road in conference play since edging Colorado on Nov. 20, 2010, in Boulder.
• Texas Tech's earlier win over TCU this year snapped a four-match losing streak to the Horned Frogs. Despite being just 300 miles apart, the two schools are meeting for just the ninth time this weekend as the overall series is tied 4-4 all-time.
• Texas Tech heads into Saturday looking to sweep a conference opponent for the second-straight year as the Red Raiders topped West Virginia twice in 2012. Tech has swept a conference opponent in back-to-back seasons since defeating Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas and Oklahoma twice in 2001 and then the Cyclones and Sooners again in 2002.
• With a victory on Saturday, Texas Tech will have reached double-digit wins for the third-consecutive season which has not previously been accomplished since the 2004-06 seasons. Tech had previously reached double-digit wins in each season up until the 2007 campaign.

Despite being separated by roughly 300 miles, Texas Tech and TCU are meeting for just the ninth time Saturday on a volleyball court with the overall series tied at 4-4 after the Red Raiders claimed a 3-2 victory earlier this season in Fort Worth. Tech's victory on Oct. 12 snapped a four-match losing streak to the Horned Frogs, who joined the Big 12 Conference in 2012 and swept the season series against the Red Raiders. The Red Raiders had not previously defeated TCU since claiming a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 3, 2001, in Lubbock. Tech and TCU have never closed the regular season against each other.

Saturday will bring the close of the successful career of Aubree Piper as the Amarillo native will play her final match on the United Spirit Arena floor. Piper, who has started in all 31 matches for the Red Raiders this year, has a chance to leave her mark in the Tech record book with just one match to play. She currently ranks eighth all-time with a .248 career hitting percentage and heads into this weekend needing just one block assist to join the top-10 in that category as well. Piper has 216 career block assists entering Saturday, one shy of Stacey Blasingame (1983-85) who ranks 10th all-time in school history.

Rachel Brummitt became the first Red Raider this season to win a Big 12 weekly award on Monday when she was named the conference Defensive Player of the Week after her record-setting performance last Wednesday against Oklahoma. The junior libero recorded a Texas Tech and Big 12 record 36 digs against the Sooners and then followed up with 13 digs at Kansas to give her a conference-leading 7.00 digs per set average last week. Brummitt broke Ann Romjue's previous four-set school record of 33 digs from Nov. 17, 2002, against Texas A&M. Romjue also owns the total digs school record as she recorded 36 against the Aggies once again, this time coming two years prior on Nov. 18, 2000. Texas A&M's Erin Gibson previously owned the Big 12 four-set record with 35 digs against Colorado on Sept. 23, 2000. It was the second 30-dig performance so far in Brummitt's career at Tech as she also recorded 34 in a five-set victory over Houston Baptist on Sept. 14 last year at the Rice Invitational. The weekly award was the third in Brummitt's career as she also earned the accolade during the first two weeks of the 2012 season.

Possibly no other Red Raider has been more dependable in the last three matches than Breeann David. Playing against three of the conference's top-four teams in the league standings, David has totaled 50 kills, averaging a team-best 5.00 kills per set during that stretch. David opened with 13 kills against top-ranked Texas on Nov. 16 and then followed up with 22 against Oklahoma on Nov. 20 which was just one off her career high. The Denver City, Texas product is coming off a match-high 15 kills last Saturday at No. 22 Kansas where she also recorded her second straight double-double thanks to 12 digs from the back row. It was the second-highest kill total for a Red Raider in a three-set match this year. David enters this weekend ranked fourth in the Big 12 Conference with a 3.40 kills per set average and fourth with a 4.05 points per set rate.




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