LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will take a break from Big 12 play Wednesday evening when the Red Raiders host New Mexico for a 6 p.m. first serve at the United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders, who dropped a pair of matches last week to No. 23 Kansas and Kansas State, enter the week 8-14 overall and 1-6 during Big 12 play while New Mexico boasts an impressive postseason resume so far with a 15-4 overall record and 6-3 mark during Mountain West action.
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• New Mexico will be making the trip to Lubbock for the first time since 2001 on Wednesday night. The Red Raiders are 4-2 all-time against the Lobos when playing in the Hub City.
• Texas Tech and New Mexico last faced each other midway through the 2011 season in Albuquerque where the Red Raiders overcame a 2-1 deficit on Sept. 26 to eventually pull out a five-set victory thanks in part to a school record 37 block assists, 14 of which that came off the hands of Dravon Rangel, who set the Tech single-match record for an individual as well.
• There are only three Red Raiders - Breeann David, Nicole Hragyil and Mikia Mills - still on the roster that played against New Mexico in 2011. David, in possibly her best performance during her freshman year, connected on 15 kills and 12 digs against the Lobos for her first career double-double.
• Both Texas Tech and New Mexico are taking advantage of bye dates in their respective conference schedules Wednesday night as this will be the latest non-conference match for Texas Tech at the United Spirit Arena since the Red Raiders topped UTEP, 3-1, on Oct. 30, 2000.
• Texas Tech last faced a non-conference foe this late in the season during Don Flora’s first season in 2011 when the Red Raiders dropped a close 3-2 decision at San Jose State on Nov. 15.
• New Mexico heads to Lubbock looking to continue a successful season so far as the Lobos are on pace to potentially be an NCAA Tournament selection thanks to 15-4 overall record. New Mexico enters this week ranked 60th in the latest RPI poll that is released each Monday.
• Texas Tech fans will see a familiar face occupying the visiting bench as New Mexico is coached by Jeff Nelson, who led the Red Raiders from 1995-02 where he was 166-96 overall. His .634 winning percentage at Tech marked the second-highest all-time for a Red Raider coach, trailing only Mike Jones’ .674 percentage from 1990-94.
• The Red Raiders will be looking to protect their home floor Wednesday night as Texas Tech is 9-2 all-time under Don Flora against non-conference opponents at the United Spirit Arena.
texas tech and NEW MEXICO - the series
Wednesday night’s match with New Mexico with mark the 17th all-time meeting between the two schools and the first since to be held in Lubbock since Oct. 8, 2001, when the Red Raiders handed the Lobos a 3-0 sweep. Tech has won the last four meetings against New Mexico, including a close 3-2 victory on Sept. 26, 2011, in only the third match between the two schools during the Big 12 era (1996-present). The Lobos’ last win in the series came on Nov. 26, 1993, in a 3-0 sweep in Albuquerque, N.M. The Red Raiders are 4-2 all-time against New Mexico when playing in Lubbock as the Lobos have not defeated Tech on its home floor since scoring a 3-1 victory on Sept. 19, 1992.
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New Mexico head coach Jeff Nelson will be facing his former program for the second time in his career Wednesday night when the Lobos travel to Lubbock. It will be just the first trip back to Lubbock for Nelson, who led the Red Raiders to a 166-92 record and five NCAA Tournament appearances from 1995-02. Nelson, now in his seventh season as the head coach at New Mexico, is the second-most winningest coach in school history in both total wins and winning percentage. Texas Tech defeated Nelson’s Lobos, 3-2, in the previous meeting between the two schools which came on Sept. 26, 2011, in Albuquerque.