LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will look to repeat its solid play from a year ago against Kansas State Saturday evening when the Red Raiders travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face the Wildcats at 7 p.m. inside Ahearn Field House. The Red Raiders, who defeated the then 20th-ranked Wildcats in the final match between the two schools last year, enter this weekend 8-13 overall and 1-5 so far in Big 12 play while Kansas State is 13-5 overall and 1-4 in league action.
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• Texas Tech will be aiming on Saturday for its first road victory over Kansas State since 2004 when the Red Raiders claimed a 3-2 inside Ahearn Field House. That is Tech’s only win all-time in the Little Apple as Kansas State is 16-1 against the Red Raiders at home.
• The Red Raiders came close to ending their losing woes in Manhattan a year ago, taking the Wildcats to five sets before eventually falling in the final frame. Texas Tech was forced to rally from two-sets down to extend the match before Kansas State recovered in time to win the final set, 15-9, thanks to a 6-0 run to close the match.
• Texas Tech rebounded later in the year to defeat the Wildcats, 3-1, on Nov. 17 at the United Spirit Arena. The victory over the 20th-ranked Wildcats marked Tech’s first over a top-25 team since topping another No. 20 Kansas State squad on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan.
• Texas Tech’s victory in the season finale last year snapped a 15-match losing streak to Kansas State, which has still won 21 of the previous 23 contests between the two schools.
• The Red Raiders are coming off a 3-0 sweep at the hands of No. 23 Kansas this past Wednesday night at the United Spirit Arena. The Jayhawks erased a 19-12 Red Raider lead in the second set to eventually head in the intermission with a two-set lead, setting up the sweep.
• Kansas State was idle Wednesday night but heads into this weekend looking to end its two-match losing streak as the Wildcats fell to both Iowa State and Oklahoma last week.
• The Wildcats boast one of the more experienced rosters in the Big 12, featuring six seniors, including their leader in the middle Kaitlynn Pelger. On the other side of the net, Texas Tech has just one senior in Aubree Piper to go along with 13 underclassmen, which is tied for the most in the Big 12 with TCU.
• The Red Raiders found success in their last road trip a week ago when Texas Tech held on to defeat TCU, 3-2, in Fort Worth. It was Tech’s first Big 12 Conference victory of the year and its first in five sets over a league foe on the road since edging Colorado on Nov. 30, 2010, in Boulder.
texas tech and KANSAS STATE - the series
Saturday’s meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas State will be the 39th meeting between the two schools as the Wildcats control a 29-9 all-time advantage over the Red Raiders thanks to wins in 21 of the last 23 contests. Tech snapped a 15-match losing streak to the Wildcats in last year’s series finale where the Red Raiders claimed a 3-1 victory at the United Spirit Arena. The Wildcats were ranked 20th in the country at the time, marking Tech’s first victory over a top-25 team since Nov. 20, 2004, when the Red Raiders edged another No. 20 K-State team in Manhattan. The 2004 victory is Tech’s only one all-time as the Red Raiders are 1-16 against the Wildcats in the Little Apple.
RED RAIDERS, WILDCATS SET TO RENEW SERIES AFTER MEMORABLE 2012
The 2012 series between Texas Tech and Kansas State could be described as nothing short of exciting. The Red Raiders rallied back from two-sets down to force a fifth and deciding set in the series opener where K-State claimed the victory thanks to a 6-0 run to end the match. Tech recovered, though, to defeat the Wildcats, 3-1, later in the year, marking Tech’s first win over a ranked opponent since late in the 2004 season. The victory was highlighted by a Rachel Brummitt dig off a K-State block that sailed over the net and landed in an empty back corner for the final point.