LUBBOCK, Texas – Fresh off its first Big 12 Conference win of the season, Texas Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena Wednesday evening for a 6 p.m. first serve against the 23rd-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The match, which will air regionally on FOX Sports Southwest Plus, will be Texas Tech’s annual Pink Out as all fans wearing pink will receive free admission. The Red Raiders head into the match 8-12 overall and 1-4 in conference play after knocking off TCU last Saturday in Fort Worth. The Jayhawks, who reentered the top 25 polls this week, are currently 14-4 overall and 4-1 in league action.
AROUND THE NET
• 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 16-19 all-time against Kansas as the Jayhawks have won the previous five meetings and 11 of the last 12 contests, including a pair of 3-0 sweeps last year. Kansas will be the third top-25 team to face Texas Tech this season.
• Texas Tech senior Aubree Piper is the only current Red Raider to ever defeat Kansas. That lone victory came on Oct. 2, 2010, in a close 3-2 win at the United Spirit Arena. Piper played in all five sets that night, totaling 11 kills off 20 attempts while adding three service aces and five blocks. Her .400 attacking percentage was the highest for both teams as well.
• Kansas combined for 25 blocks in its two matches a year ago against the Red Raiders, who failed to hit over .100 in either contest. Texas Tech will once again have to work around a powerful KU block again this year as the Jayhawks enter this week ranked 19th nationally, averaging 2.78 blocks per set.
• While Kansas has found success blocking this year, Texas Tech has relied on its digging ability as the Red Raiders rank third in the Big 12 and 35th nationally with a 16.26 digs per set average.
• Kansas enters this week reeling from its first Big 12 loss of the season last Saturday when the Jayhawks fell, 3-1, to No. 3 Texas in Lawrence. The loss snapped a 10-match winning streak for the Jayhawks, which was the longest run for any conference team this season.
• The Red Raiders are coming off a 3-2 victory over TCU last Saturday in Fort Worth which marked Texas Tech’s earliest conference victory in a season since topping Kansas, 3-2, in its fifth league match of the year on Oct. 2, 2010.
• Texas Tech had not previously defeated a conference foe in five sets on the road since topping Colorado on Nov. 30, 2010, in Boulder. It was also Tech’s first road win over any Big 12 opponent since dropping West Virginia, 3-1, on Oct. 13 last year in Morgantown.
texas tech and KANSAS - the series
Wednesday night’s match will mark the 36th all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas, continuing a series that has been played each year since the two schools joined the Big 12 Conference in 1996. The Red Raiders found success early in the series, winning 10 of the first 12 contests between the schools before Kansas took control as of late with five-straight victories and wins in 11 of the last 12 matches. Tech, which has not defeated the Jayhawks since taking a close 3-2 victory on Oct. 2, 2010, in Lubbock, is 8-8 all-time against Kansas when playing in Lubbock.
WRAPPING UP THE TCU VICTORY
• Marked Texas Tech’s first Big 12 Conference win of the season.
• Marked Texas Tech’s first Big 12 road win since defeating West Virginia, 3-1, on Oct. 13 last year in Morgantown.
• Marked Texas Tech’s first five-set conference road victory since topping Colorado on Nov. 20, 2010, in Boulder.
• Marked the earliest Big 12 win for Tech since 2010 when the Red Raiders edged Kansas, 3-2, in their fifth league match.
• Evened the all-time series with TCU at 4-4 entering the Nov. 30 season finale between the two schools in Lubbock.
• Tech’s .217 attacking percentage was its highest in a Big 12 match since also hitting .217 on Nov. 14 last year at Texas.
• Tech’s 89 digs marked a season high and the fourth-most by a Big 12 team so far this season.
• Tech’s 89 digs were its most against a Big 12 foe since totaling 97 in a 3-2 victory over Baylor on Oct. 26, 2011.
• Tech had five different players in double figures for digs, led by Rachel Brummitt with a match-high 26 from back row.
• Emily Ruetter and Jenna Allen posted double-doubles, their seventh and third ones already this season.
• Defeated the Horned Frogs despite Texas Tech’s leading attacker, Breeann David, being limited in the match.
ALLEN CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT WITH 24 KILLS AT TCU
Since returning from a preseason injury on Sept. 25 at Oklahoma, Jenna Allen has shown why Don Flora was excited for the South Carolina transfer to debut in scarlet and black. In her five matches so far this season, Allen has totaled 74 kills, averaging a team-best 3.89 per set during that span. She has led the Red Raiders in kills for four of five matches, including a career-high 24 last Saturday in Texas Tech’s 3-2 victory at TCU. The Lewisville, Texas product began her Tech career by connecting on 21 kills against the Sooners, which marked the most for a Red Raider in a Big 12 opener since Kelly Johnson also totaled 21 kills in 2001 against Colorado. Her impressive debut has also focused on the defensive end as well with three double-double performances thanks in part to 43 digs at a 2.26 per set rate. She enters this week ranked third in the Big 12 in kills per set for conference matches only and fourth for points per set.
TEXAS TECH’S JENNA ALLEN STATS FROM LAST FIVE MATCHES
- Coming off a career-high 24 kills at TCU last Saturday, the most for a Red Raider this season.
- Marked the most kills for a Red Raider against a Big 12 foe since Amanda Dowdy totaled 34 at Colorado on Nov. 20, 2010.
- Also marked the most kills for a Big 12 player this season in a conference match.
- Was the second time through five matches with at least 20 kills as she posted 21 in season debut on Sept. 25 at Oklahoma.
- Her 21 kills at Oklahoma marked the most for a Red Raider in a Big 12 opener since Kelly Johnson also had 21 in 2001.
- Recorded three double-doubles so far, which is tied for the second-most among Texas Tech players this season.
BRUMMITT ON PACE FOR YET ANOTHER MEMORABLE SEASON
After such a memorable debut in scarlet and black a year ago, it may seem difficult to picture Rachel Brummitt duplicating or even surpassing her record-setting numbers from 2012. The junior is well on her way to doing that, though, as she is currently on pace to surpass the 510 digs she recorded a year ago. Brummitt enters this week with 391 digs over 74 total sets, one fewer than from the 2012 season when she had 338 digs through 20 matches. She is averaging 5.28 digs per set which ranks second in the Big 12 this year and is almost a full dig higher than her average at this point a year ago. Brummitt has finished with 20 or more digs 10 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 20 matches this season as well.
BRUMMITT’S PERFORMANCE DURING THE 2012 & 2013 SEASONS
Season SP Digs Per Set
Through 20 matches 74 391 5.28
Through 20 matches 75 338 4.51
Through 21 matches 79 355 4.49