LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will make its final road trip of the season Saturday when the Red Raiders travel to Lawrence, Kan. for a 1 p.m. first serve against the Kansas Jayhawks at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Saturday will be Kansas’ Senior Day as seven Jayhawks will be recognized prior to the match. Kansas comes into the weekend 21-6 overall and 11-3 in Big 12 Conference play while the Red Raiders are currently 9-21 on the year and 2-12 in league action.
AROUND THE NET
• The Oklahoma match concludes a challenging final stretch of the season for the Red Raiders, who close the year against three of the Big 12’s top-four teams in the conference standings over the final four matches. Texas Tech fell to top-ranked Texas in straight sets last Saturday and then dropped a 3-1 decision this past Wednesday against Oklahoma.
• The Red Raiders will be looking to spoil Senior Day for Kansas while also attempting to snap a five-match losing streak to the Jayhawks. Kansas is 20-16 all-time against the Red Raiders and 11-7 when playing in Lawrence.
• Texas Tech has not closed out its road schedule with a win since traveling to Norman, Okla. and handing Oklahoma a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 28, 1998. The Red Raiders are 3-9 on the road this season with its lone Big 12 victory away from home coming on Oct. 12 in a five-set thriller at TCU.
• A Texas Tech victory on Saturday would give the Red Raiders multiple Big 12 road wins for the first time since 2006. Tech defeated both Texas A&M and Kansas in five sets that year en route to finishing 5-15 in league play.
• The Red Raiders are looking for their first win in Lawrence since pulling off a 3-1 victory on Sept. 27, 2006, in what eventually turned into a season sweep of the Jayhawks. Kansas has won 12 of the last 13 contests since that season.
• Kansas is coming off an impressive 3-1 victory over No. 24 Iowa State this past Wednesday night, which marked the Jayhawks’ first win in Ames since the 2004 season.
• Saturday’s match will mark the fifth time this season where the Red Raiders have faced a top-25 team as Texas Tech is 0-4 so far in those matches. Tech has not gone on the road and topped a ranked opponent since scoring a 3-2 victory over No. 24 Kansas State on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan.
• The Red Raiders witnessed history being made this past Wednesday as junior libero Rachel Brummitt recorded a Texas Tech and Big 12 Conference record 36 digs in a 3-1 loss to Oklahoma. The performance snapped the school and conference four-set records and also matched the Tech overall single-match mark as well. Brummitt is averaging 5.22 digs per set in three career matches against Kansas.
texas tech and kansas - the series
Saturday’s match will mark the 37th all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas as the two schools had met only once prior to joining the Big 12 Conference in 1996. Thanks, thanks in part to a five-match winning streak over the Red Raiders, controls a 20-16 advantage in the all-time series, including an 11-7 mark in matches played in Lawrence. The Red Raiders have not won in Lawrence since pulling off a 3-1 victory on Sept. 27, 2006, in what eventually turned into a season sweep of the Jayhawks. Since then, Kansas has won 12 of the last 13 contests, including a 3-0 sweep on Oct. 16 earlier this year in Lubbock. Tech’s lone win during that span came on Oct. 2, 2010, when the Red Raiders claimed a 3-2 victory at home.
BRUMMITT DOES IT AGAIN WITH 36 DIGS AGAINST OKLAHOMA
The legacy that Rachel Brummitt continues to build at Texas Tech as the junior libero added another story Wednesday evening when the junior libero recorded a career-high 36 digs against Oklahoma. The performance snapped the Texas Tech and Big 12 Conference records for digs in a four-set match and also matched the Tech record for total digs as well. Brummitt broke Ann Romjue’s previous 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.
DAVID WITH 35 KILLS IN LAST TWO MATCHES
Breeann David enters this weekend having totaled 35 kills in Texas Tech’s last two matches, including 22 this past Wednesday against Oklahoma. The performance left David just one kill off her career high of 23 that was set on Sept. 17 this year at Texas State. David also totaled 13 kills last Saturday in a straight-set loss to No. 1 Texas. It was the second-highest kill total for a Red Raider in a three-set match this year. David enters this weekend ranked fifth in the Big 12 Conference with a 3.34 kills per set average and fourth with a 4.01 points per set rate.