Emily Ruetter and the Red Raiders face No. 21 Iowa State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Ames.
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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech wraps its week-long road trip Saturday evening when the Red Raiders travel to face No. 21 Iowa State in a 6:30 p.m. first serve at Hilton Coliseum.
|Date||Saturday, Nov. 2|
|Location (Facility)||Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum; 8,524)|
|First Serve||6:30 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Watch Live|
The Red Raiders will be looking to snap a 12-match losing streak to the Cyclones Saturday as Texas Tech's last win in the series came on Oct. 14, 2006, in a five-set victory at the United Spirit Arena. Despite the losing streak, Tech still leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 20-16. The Red Raiders are also 10-7 when playing Iowa State on the road despite having not picked up a win in Ames since taking a 3-1 victory on Sept. 25, 2004. The Cyclones defeated Tech, 3-1, earlier this year in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders return to the United Spirit Arena next Wednesday to host TCU for the first time as Big 12 members. Tech will play three of its final five matches of the year at home as Kansas State (Nov. 17) and Baylor (Nov. 21) will both make trips to Lubbock as well.
RED RAIDERS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Texas Tech will be facing a top-25 team for the fourth time this season as the Red Raiders are 0-3 so far with losses to then-No. 9 Texas, No. 14 Kansas State, and then No. 22 Iowa State. The Red Raiders came close to upsetting K-State on Oct. 20 as Tech overcame a two-set deficit to force a fifth frame where the Wildcats closed the match with six-straight points for the victory. Tech has not defeated a ranked opponent since traveling to K-State on Nov. 20, 2004, and defeating the 20th-ranked Wildcats, 3-2, in Manhattan. The Red Raiders are 0-8 against top-25 teams so far under head coach Don Flora.
PLAYER TO WATCH - Breeann David
Breeann David enters this weekend coming off her best two performances of the season as she has combined for 28 kills over the past two matches. The sophomore connected on 14 kills against both West Virginia and Oklahoma in the last week as she finished just one shy of her career high in Big 12 play. David has been in double digits for kills in each of Texas Tech's last three matches as she also totaled 12 kills on Oct. 20 at Kansas State. In addition to her offense, David has also added nine blocks during the last two matches, including six against West Virginia that was her most ever during league play. She also finished one block shy against the Mountaineers of matching her career high that she set earlier this year with seven against Northwestern State.
BRUMMITT NEARING SINGLE-SEASON DIG RECORD
Rachel Brummitt will likely break the Texas Tech single-season digs record Saturday evening as the sophomore trails Melissa McGehee by nine heading into the match. Despite being so close to snapping the record, Brummitt, who has 439 digs on the year, currently ranks fifth in the record book as only six digs separate the top-four spots. After recording 16 digs Wednesday night at Oklahoma, Brummitt has now totaled 54 during Tech's last three matches alone as she also added 21 at Kansas State on Oct. 20 and then 17 last Saturday against West Virginia.
TEXAS TECH SWEEPS SEASON SERIES WITH WEST VIRGINIA
Texas Tech completed the season sweep of West Virginia last Saturday with a 3-1 victory at the United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders, who also topped the Mountaineers in four sets on Oct. 13, had not previously swept the season series with a Big 12 opponent since defeating both Kansas and Texas A&M twice in 2006. The victory also marked the first time Texas Tech had defeated a Big 12 opponent in four or less sets at home since topping Kansas, 3-1, on Sept. 26, 2006.
STACY BECOMES LATEST RED RAIDER TO EARN BIG 12 WEEKLY HONORS
After dropping 19 kills last Saturday against West Virginia, Meghan Stacy became the fourth Red Raider this year to earn a Big 12 weekly award as she was named the conference Rookie of the Week on Monday. The freshman totaled 19 kills for the second-straight match as she originally set her career high on Oct. 20 at No. 14 Kansas State. The Ozark, Mo. native finished with just five attacking errors off 40 swings against the Mountaineers en route to recording a .350 hitting percentage, her highest in Big 12 play this season. She is the third Red Raider to earn Rookie of the Week honors this season, joining Emily Ehrle (Sept. 10) and Emily Ruetter (Sept. 4). The selection marks Tech's fifth weekly award this year, the most in a program history, as Rachel Brummitt also garnered Defensive Player of the Week accolades twice already.