LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech closes its home-and-home series with Abilene Christian Tuesday evening when the Red Raiders travel roughly 170 miles south to face the Wildcats at 6 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.
• This will be the second time Texas Tech and Abilene Christian have faced each other in the last week after the Red Raiders took a decisive 3-0 victory on Sept. 3 at the United Spirit Arena. The match marked the first time Tech and ACU had played each other on the volleyball court since 1983.
• Breeann David totaled a match-high 17 kills while Aubree Piper added 12 to lead Texas Tech in its first match against ACU this year. Rachel Brummitt also collected 15 digs to help boost a Red Raider defense that held ACU to a .080 hitting percentage, the lowest for a Tech opponent this season.
• The Red Raiders are coming off a disappointing weekend at the Cougar Challenge that was hosted by Washington State. Tech defeated Montana, 3-1, in the tournament opener before falling to Washington State, South Dakota and Eastern Washington from there.
• Texas Tech will be looking to get back on the winning path Tuesday evening. The Red Raiders have never lost four straight non-conference matches under third year head coach Don Flora.
• Abilene Christian is the first of two Texas Tech opponents this week who the Red Raiders will be facing for the second time this season. Tech opens its second-annual Lone Star Showdown at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning against Montana, approximately one week after the Red Raiders delivered the Grizzlies a 3-1 loss at the Cougar Challenge.
• The Red Raiders have never played two non-conference opponents twice in a season during the Big 12 era. Tech played both SMU and Grambling State twice during the 1996 and 2011 seasons, going 4-0 in those matches.
• Tuesday night’s match with ACU begins a busy stretch for the Red Raiders, who will play a total of six matches within a period of just seven days. Tech also travels to Incarnate Word next Monday in San Antonio before facing Texas State in San Marcos on Tuesday.
• Texas Tech enters this week with junior outside hitter Breeann David still leading the Big 12 in kills per set. David, who missed the final two matches of the Cougar Challenge last weekend, is averaging 4.33 kills a set along with a league-best 5.58 points per set. She also ranks second in the conference with 14 service aces and 10th with a .308 hitting percentage.
• Rachel Brummitt, who is on pace to snap her single-season digs record from a year ago, also enters this week ranked second in the Big 12 after averaging 5.19 digs per set through the first nine matches of the season.
• Texas Tech has found significant success in non-conference action under Don Flora, who has led the Red Raiders to a 30-11 mark in such matches during his two-plus seasons.
The Red Raiders return to the United Spirit Arena this weekend to host the second-annual Lone Star Showdown presented by Under Armour. Texas Tech will open the two-day tournament at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning against Montana before returning to the court later that evening to battle Nevada. The Red Raiders close the tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday against Cal State Fullerton.
BRUMMITT ON PACE FOR YET ANOTHER MEMORABLE SEASON
After such a memorable debut in scarlet and black a year ago, it may seem difficult to picture Rachel Brummitt duplicating or even surpassing her record-setting numbers from 2012. The junior is doing just that, though, as she is currently on pace to surpass the 510 digs she posted as a sophomore. Brummitt has totaled 166 digs so far this season, 18 more than her total through nine matches a year ago and that is without having played in an additional set as well. Her 5.19 digs per set currently ranks as the second-highest average in the Big 12, trailing only Kristen Hahn, who is posting 5.55 digs per frame. Brummitt is coming off two 20-dig performance at the Cougar Challenge which was highlighted by her season-high 29 digs in the finale against Eastern Washington.
BRUMMITT’S PERFORMANCE DURING THE 2012 & 2013 SEASONS
Season SP Digs Per Set
Through nine matches 32 166 5.19
Through 10 matches - - -
Through nine matches 33 148 4.48
Through 10 matches 38 168 4.42
DAVID STARTS OFF JUNIOR YEAR IN STYLE
For Breeann David, the 2013 season probably couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. The hard-hitting junior has totaled a team-high 104 kills in seven matches this season while averaging an impressive 4.33 which leads the Big 12 entering this week. David led the Red Raiders in kills over the first six matches of the year where she finished in double digits in each match, marking the longest streak to start a season since Kelly Johnson recorded 10 or more kills in the first seven matches of the 2004 season. The Denver City, Texas product is also the Big 12 leader in points per set and ranks second for service aces and 10th for hitting percentage.
TEXAS TECH PLAYERS WITH DOUBLE DIGIT KILLS TO START A SEASON (SINCE 2000)
Player (Season) Season Opening Streak
Breeann David (2013) 6 matches
Alicia Ostmeyer (2007) 5 matches
Kelly Johnson (2004) 7 matches
Kelly Johnson (2003) 12 matches
Melissa McGehee (2002) 5 matches
Melissa McGehee (2000) 4 matches
Colleen Smith (2000) 6 matches
DAVID IN THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE RANKINGS
Category Amount Rank
Total Kills 104 2nd
Kills per set 4.33 1st
Service aces 14 2nd
Aces per set 0.58 2nd
Points 134.0 1st
Points per set 5.58 1st
Hitting percentage .308 10th
ABILENE CHRISTIAN BEGINS BUSY STRETCH FOR THE RED RAIDERS
Texas Tech begins its busiest stretch of the season Tuesday night as the Red Raiders will play six matches over a seven-day stretch. In addition to its match with Abilene Christian on Tuesday and the Lone Star Showdown this weekend, Tech is also set to travel to face Incarnate Word in San Antonio next Monday and then Texas State in San Marcos on Tuesday. The Red Raiders will then receive a week off before opening Big 12 play on Sept. 25 at Oklahoma.
RED RAIDERS LOOK TO CONTINUE SUCCESS AGAINST NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
Texas Tech will look to continue its dominance over non-conference foes this weekend at the Cougar Challenge. The Red Raiders are a combined 30-11 all-time against out-of-league opponents under third-year head coach Don Flora, who is also 25-8 during his tenure in non-conference tournaments. Tech turned in a 14-2 record in non-conference action during Flora’s first season in 2011 and then posted an 11-5 mark a year ago.
SETTING THE PIPE(R)
If the start of the 2013 campaign is any indication, Aubree Piper’s senior season could be a special one. The lone senior on the Texas Tech roster, Piper, who has battled several injuries throughout her career, is Tech’s second-leading offensive player so far this year, totaling 91 kills at a 2.84 per set rate. Her presence in the middle has not just been felt offensively, though, as she has also recorded 21 blocks while adding seven service aces. The Amarillo, Texas native has posted a .286 hitting percentage through nine matches, the second-highest total on the team for players with at least 100 attempts on the year. Her seven service aces also rank second as well.