LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech, fresh off a bye date and victory over Kansas State, looks to extend its winning ways Wednesday evening when the Red Raiders travel to face Baylor at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. It will be the 75th all-time meeting between the two in-state schools as the Red Raiders enter the match 9-18 on the season and 2-9 in Big 12 play while Baylor is 11-16 this year with a 3-8 mark in league action.
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• Texas Tech heads into Wednesday night’s match looking to win consecutive conference matches for the first time since 2005 when the Red Raiders swept both Oklahoma and Kansas on Sept. 21-28 at the United Spirit Arena.
• The Red Raiders are coming off a 3-1 victory last Wednesday night over Kansas State at the United Spirit Arena. It was Tech’s second Big 12 victory of the year and snapped a six-match losing streak.
• The victory marked the second-straight year that Texas Tech defeated the Wildcats in Lubbock. The Red Raiders had not previously topped a Big 12 opponent in consecutive seasons since beating both Kansas and Texas A&M at least once during both the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
• The Red Raiders had not previously earned victories over K-State in consecutive seasons since winning one match over a four-year stretch from 1998-2001. Tech was 4-4 against the Wildcats during that time.
• The victory came after the Red Raiders suffered a pair of tough 3-2 losses at both Iowa State and West Virginia. The tough week marked the first time Tech had lost a pair of five-set matches back-to-back since falling to both TCU and Oklahoma in a Sept. 12, 2008, doubleheader as part of the Red Raider Roundup in Lubbock.
• The Red Raiders head into Wednesday night having reached double digits in blocks in each of their last three matches. Texas Tech started the streak with a season-high 13.5 blocks at Iowa State on Oct. 30 and then followed up with 11.0 and 10.0 blocks against West Virginia and Kansas State.
• Texas Tech has also found success behind the service line as of late, totaling 32 aces in the last five matches combined, including a season-high 11 at Iowa State. Tech’s 11 aces against the Cyclones marked its most since collegiate volleyball turned to 25-point sets in 2008 and its most since recording 16 on Nov. 10, 2004, at Oklahoma.
• The Red Raiders still have a chance to jump up the Big 12 Conference standings with five matches still remaining in the season as only two wins separate Texas Tech from fifth-place Kansas State. Tech trails Baylor, TCU and West Virginia by just one victory for sixth place entering this week.
texas tech and baylor - the series
Texas Tech and Baylor will continue their long-time series Wednesday evening as it will be the 75th all-time meeting between the two in-state schools. The Red Raiders, despite losses in 16 of the last 17 contests with Baylor, lead the all-time series, 49-25, with a 17-14 advantage in matches played in Waco. Tech will be looking for its first road win over the Bears since Oct. 13, 2004, as Baylor has defended its home floor in the previous eight matches in Waco. Baylor claimed a 3-1 victory in this season’s earlier meeting, its third-straight four set victory over the Red Raiders.
RED RAIDERS KNOCK OFF K-STATE FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT YEAR
Led by 23 kills and 11 digs from Jenna Allen, Texas Tech knocked off Kansas State last Wednesday for the second-straight year at the United Spirit Arena. Rachel Brummitt also led a group of six Red Raiders to reach double figures for digs as she totaled 21 en route to breaking her own Tech single-season school record from a year ago. The victory marked the first time Tech had defeated K-State in consecutive seasons since picking up four wins from 1998-01. The Red Raiders had also not earned victories in back-to-back years over a Big 12 foe since defeating both Texas A&M and Kansas at least once in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
BRUMMITT SNAPS SINGLE-SEASON DIGS RECORD - AGAIN
For the second-straight year, Rachel Brummitt etched her name in the Texas Tech record book last Wednesday against Kansas State. The junior libero recorded 21 digs against the Wildcats, moving her season total to 520 which is 10 more than her record-breaking mark from the 2012 campaign. Brummitt, who now owns the highest two dig total in single-season history, currently ranks second in the Big 12 Conference with a 5.15 digs per set average that is nearly a full dig more than her 2012 average. The Plano, Texas native has finished with 20 or more digs 14 times already this year, including a season-high 29 on Sept. 7 against Eastern Washington. She has been in double digits for digs in all but one of Tech’s matches this season as well.
BRUMMITT’S PERFORMANCE DURING THE 2012 & 2013 SEASONS
Season SP Digs Per Set
Through 27 matches 101 520 5.15
Through 27 matches 101 447 4.43
Through 28 matches 104 459 4.41
Through 29 matches 107 468 4.37
Through 30 matches 111 483 4.35
Through 31 matches 115 499 4.34
Through 32 matches 118 510 4.32
BRUMMITT SURPASSES THE 1,000 CAREER DIGS MARK
Rachel Brummitt’s legacy from this season will not just be felt in the Texas Tech single-season record book, though, after she surpassed the 1,000 career dig mark on Nov. 2 at West Virginia. With her 19 digs against the Mountaineers and then 21 digs against Kansas State last Wednesday, Brummitt increased her career total to 1,030 entering this week. She is the only Red Raider all-time to reach the 1,000 career digs mark in just two seasons. Brummitt could potentially approach the career top-10 for digs this season as she trails Ginger Carter (1991-94) by just 62 digs with five matches still remaining. Lisa Hilgers is the Texas Tech all-time leader in digs as she totaled 1,583 over her four seasons from 1995-98.
TEXAS TECH CAREER LEADERS IN DIGS
1. Lisa Hilgers (1995-98) 1,583
2. Ann Romjue (1999-02) 1,520
3. Cristine Martin (1993-97) 1,323
4. Melissa McGehee (1999-02) 1,270
5. Jenn (Harrell) Goehry (2006-09) 1,229
6. Skydra Orzen (1998-01) 1,221
7. Chris Martin (1988-91) 1,152
8. Sheila Soloman (1987-90) 1,139
9. Sabrina Zenon (1988-91) 1,131
10. Ginger Carter (1991-94) 1,092
Rachel Brummitt (2012-Present) 1,030
PIPER NOTCHES FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST K-STATE
Aubree Piper added another accomplishment to her successful career as a Red Raider last Wednesday when the lone senior on the Texas Tech roster recorded her first career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs against Kansas State. It was the first double-double for a Red Raider middle blocker since current director of operations Amy Gandy went for 10 kills and 13 digs on Sept. 22, 2007, at Kansas. Piper, who is Tech’s leader with 270 kill on the season, had not previously reached double digits for digs throughout her career, breaking her previous mark of seven from earlier this season against Nevada.