By: Matt Dowdy - Texas Tech Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena this Wednesday night when the Red Raiders host Kansas State in a 6 p.m. first serve that will air regionally on FOX Sports Southwest. Robert Giovannetti will call the play-by-play for the Texas Tech TV broadcast while Jim Giacommazzi will handle the color commentary and Courtney Davis will be the sideline reporter. The Red Raiders enter this week at 8-18 overall and 1-9 in Big 12 play while Kansas State, fresh off a victory over No. 25 Oklahoma this past Sunday, is 15-7 on the year and 3-6 in league action.
AROUND THE NET
• The Red Raiders will look to repeat the same magic that occurred on Nov. 17 last season when then No. 20 Kansas State traveled to Lubbock and was handed a 3-1 loss at the United Spirit Arena. It was Tech’s first victory over a ranked opponent since defeating another 20th-ranked K-State squad on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan.
• The victory over K-State last year snapped a 15-match losing streak to the Wildcats, who control a 30-9 all-time advantage in the series, including an 11-6 overall record in matches played in Lubbock.
• The Red Raiders have not 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.
• Texas Tech is coming off a pair of five-set losses last week at Iowa State and West Virginia. The Red Raiders had not previously played in consecutive five-set matches since facing New Mexico (Sept. 26) and Oklahoma (Oct. 1) midway through the 2011 season where Tech went 1-1 in those two contests.
• Texas Tech has found success behind the service line as of late, totaling 26 aces in the last four matches combined, including a season-high 11 last Wednesday 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.
• In addition to setting a season high for aces Wednesday night, the Red Raiders also notched a new mark for blocks with 13.5 against the Cyclones, seven of which that came off the hands of Aubree Piper. Tech followed that by recording 11 blocks last Saturday against West Virginia, its second-highest total in a match this season as well.
• Kansas State arrives in Lubbock after picking up a 3-0 sweep over then No. 25 Oklahoma this past Sunday in Manhattan. The victory pushed the Wildcats into a tie for fifth place in the Big 12 standings with West Virginia.
• The Texas Tech single-season digs record could fall for the second-straight year Wednesday as Rachel Brummitt is just 11 digs shy of snapping her own school record. Brummitt enters the match with 499 digs on the year.
texas tech and KANSAS STATE - the series
Wednesday night’s meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas State will mark the 40th contest all-time between the two schools. The series has been dominated historically by the Wildcats, who are 30-9 all-time against the Red Raiders, including an 11-6 overall mark in matches played in Lubbock. K-State heads to Lubbock having won 16 of the past 17 matches between the two schools which includes a 3-0 sweep just a few weeks ago (Oct. 19) in Manhattan. Tech’s only win during that stretch came on Nov. 17, 2012, when the Red Raiders claimed a 3-1 victory over a 20th-ranked K-State squad. It was Tech’s first win over a top-25 team since defeating another No. 20 K-State team on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan.
BRUMMITT SET TO POSSIBLY break own digS RECORD AGAINST K-STATE
Rachel Brummitt has a chance to rewrite the Texas Tech record book once again Wednesday night as the junior libero is just 11 digs shy of tying her single-season digs record from a year ago. Brummitt currently has 499 digs this season with six matches remaining as she’s averaging 5.14 digs per frame so far in only 97 sets, one less than in 2012 when she had 439 digs through 26 matches. The Plano, Texas native currently ranks second in the Big 12 in digs per set as she is averaging nearly a full dig more than her 2012 average. Brummitt has finished with 20 or more digs 13 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. That lone match was Oct. 17 at K-State where she was ill the days leading into the match.
BRUMMITT’S PERFORMANCE DURING THE 2012 & 2013 SEASONS
Season SP Digs Per Set
Through 26 matches 97 499 5.14
Through 26 matches 98 439 4.48
Through 27 matches 101 447 4.43
Through 28 matches 104 459 4.41
Through 29 matches 107 468 4.37
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 last Saturday at West Virginia. Brummitt totaled 19 digs against the Mountaineers, moving her career total to 1,009 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 83 digs with six 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) 1,009
SERVE IT UP
Texas Tech will be looking to continue its impressive display as of late behind the service line as the Red Raiders have totaled 26 aces over the last four matches, 11 of which that came last Wednesday at Iowa State. Nicole Hragyil led the Red Raiders with a career-high five aces against the Cyclones, the most for a Red Raiders since Emily Ruetter also recorded five at Central Arkansas last year. Rachel Brummitt, who leads all Red Raiders with 28 aces this season, and Breeann David are both currently ranked seventh and ninth in the Big 12 entering this weekend with 0.29 and 0.27 service aces per set averages. Tech’s 11 aces on Wednesday marked its most in a Big 12 match since collegiate volleyball moved to 25-point sets. It was also the most for a Red Raider in any match since recording 16 on Nov. 10, 2004, at Oklahoma. The Red Raiders enter this week ranked third in the Big 12 with a 1.20 aces per set average.