LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will host the No. 1 team in the country for the first time since 2007 Saturday afternoon when the Red Raiders welcome in-state rival Texas to the United Spirit Arena for a 1 p.m. first serve. The Red Raiders enter the match 9-19 on the season and 2-10 in Big 12 play. Texas, meanwhile, will be looking to extend its 14-match winning streak as the Longhorns are 18-2 this season and a perfect 11-0 in league action.
AROUND THE NET
• Texas Tech will be hosting the top-ranked team in the country Saturday for the first time since Sept. 15, 2007, when No. 1 Nebraska traveled to Lubbock and defeated the Red Raiders in straight sets.
• The Red Raiders will be looking to snap a 25-match losing streak to the Longhorns, who have won every match in the series since 2001. Texas Tech’s last win over its in-state rival came on Nov. 1, 2000, when the Red Raiders completed the season sweep of the Longhorns with a 3-0 victory in Lubbock.
• The Texas match begins the final stretch of the regular season for the Red Raiders, who will face three of the Big 12’s top four teams during the last four matches. In addition to facing Texas on Saturday, Tech will also host Oklahoma next Wednesday before traveling to No. 23 Kansas on Nov. 23. The Red Raiders close the season on Nov. 30 at home against TCU.
• The Red Raiders are coming off a disappointing 3-0 sweep at the hands of Baylor Wednesday night in Waco where Texas Tech was looking for consecutive Big 12 victories for the first time since 2005.
• Texas Tech had previously topped Kansas State, 3-1, on Nov. 6 before heading to Baylor. The K-State victory marked the second-straight year that the Red Raiders had defeated the Wildcats in Lubbock. Tech had not previously recorded wins in consecutive seasons over a Big 12 foe since beating both Kansas and Texas A&M at least once during the 2005-06 seasons.
• Texas Tech’s three-match run of reaching double digits in blocks came to an end against Baylor as the Red Raiders totaled just four against the Bears. Tech started the streak with a season-high 13.5 blocks at Iowa State on Oct. 30 and then followed up with 11.0 and 10.0 blocks against West Virginia and Kansas State.
• Texas Tech has found success behind the service line as of late, totaling 36 aces in the last six matches combined, including a season-high 11 at Iowa State. Tech’s 11 aces against the Cyclones marked its most since collegiate volleyball turned to 25-point sets in 2008 and its most since recording 16 on Nov. 10, 2004, at Oklahoma.
• Saturday’s match will mark the third time in Don Flora’s tenure where the Red Raiders have played a team ranked in the top-five of the AVCA rankings. Texas Tech is previously 0-2 in those matches.
texas tech and TEXAS - the series
Saturday’s contest will mark the 87th overall meeting between Texas Tech and its in-state rival Texas. It is the longest running series for the Red Raiders, who have faced Texas in each season since 1975. Texas has historically dominated the series with a 75-9-2 all-time advantage that includes a 33-2 record in matches played in Lubbock. The Longhorns have won each of the last 25 matches against the Red Raiders, including a 3-0 sweep on Oct. 9 this year in Austin. Tech will be looking for its first win over Texas since Nov. 1, 2000, when the Red Raiders completed the season sweep of the Longhorns with a 3-0 victory in Lubbock.
SHE CAN SERVE, TOO
Not only is Rachel Brummitt a presence on the back row but she has also delivered this year at the service line. The junior libero has totaled a team-high 30 aces this year, the most for a Red Raider since Caroline Witte also recorded 30 during the 2008 season. Brummitt enters this weekend ranked sixth in the Big 12 Conference with a 0.29 aces per set average. She is tied in the league rankings with teammate Breeann David, who has connected on 20 aces, two of which that came this past Wednesday at Baylor, while playing in just 70 sets this year. If Brummitt was to record at least one more ace over Texas Tech’s final four matches, it would mark the most for a Red Raider since Jenn Harrell and Emily Ziegler recorded 31 and 52 aces each during the 2006 season.