LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech volleyball team heads to Fort Worth Saturday evening looking for its first Big 12 Conference victory of the season when the Red Raiders end a week-long road trip with a 5 p.m. first serve against TCU at University Rec Center. The Red Raiders enter the match 7-12 on the year and 0-4 so far in Big 12 play while the Horned Frogs come in at 12-6 overall and 1-3 in league action.
AROUND THE NET
• Texas Tech will look to snap a four-match losing streak to TCU Saturday evening as the Red Raiders are now 3-4 all-time against the Horned Frogs after dropping both contests in the series a year ago.
• Despite being conference foes in both the Southwest Conference and now the Big 12, this will just be the eighth all-time meeting between Texas Tech and TCU and just the fourth played in Fort Worth. The Red Raiders are 1-2 when facing TCU on the road with the lone win coming in a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 3, 2001.
• Texas Tech and TCU were picked to finish tied for seventh this season in the Big 12 preseason poll that is voted on by the conference coaches. It was the highest preseason nod for the Red Raiders since 2001 when Tech was selected to finish sixth in what was then an 11-team league.
• The Red Raiders head into Saturday’s contest reeling from a 3-0 sweep at the hands of No. 3 Texas Wednesday night in Austin. Texas Tech led midway through the opening two sets and was tied 11-11 in the third before the Longhorns rallied late in each frame.
• TCU, in its second season as a Big 12 Conference member, is coming off a bye date Wednesday night as the Horned Frogs last played last Saturday in a narrow 3-2 loss at Kansas State. TCU opened league play with back-to-back losses to Texas and Kansas before edging West Virginia, 3-1, in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs are 6-1 so far this year on their home floor with wins also against the likes of Houston and Ole Miss.
• Saturday’s match will be a homecoming of sorts for several Red Raiders as five players - Jenna Allen, Rachel Brummitt, Courtney Ensch, Nicole Hragyil and Ellen Sorrells - all hail from the Dallas Metroplex.
• Rachel Brummitt recorded her ninth 20-dig performance already this season last Saturday against West Virginia, bumping the junior libero’s season total to 365 entering this weekend. The Plano, Texas native is now 33 digs shy of entering the top-10 in single-season history, a record she set a year ago with 510 digs. She is currently on pace to shatter that record as she ranks second in the Big 12 with a 5.29 digs per set average.
texas tech and TCU - the series
Texas Tech will look to snap a four-match losing streak to TCU Saturday evening as the Red Raiders are 3-4 all-time against TCU after being swept in the season series against the Horned Frogs a year ago. Tech opened the series with three-straight wins from 1999-2001, all 3-0 sweeps, before TCU claimed a five-set victory on Sept. 12, 2008, to start its winning streak over the Red Raiders. TCU claimed a pair of 3-0 victories a year ago in the Horned Frogs’ first season as members of the Big 12 Conference. Tech is 1-2 all-time in matches played in Fort Worth with the lone win coming in a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 5, 2000.
RED RAIDERS ONE OF TOP DIGGING TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
In the midst of an injury-filled season, one thing has remained constant for the Red Raiders - their ability to dig. Led by standout libero Rachel Brummitt, Texas Tech entered this weekend 37th in the country and second in the Big 12 Conference with a 16.47 digs per set average. Brummitt has been the driving force behind Tech’s defensive success as the junior is averaging 5.29 digs per set, an average that ranks 16th nationally entering this week. Five different Red Raiders have posted double-doubles so far this season, led by Emily Ruetter’s six which matches her career high from a year ago. Tech has already totaled 13 double-doubles this year, one shy from its total from the entire 2012 season.