Nov. 6, 2012
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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will host TCU for the first time as Big 12 members Wednesday night as the Horned Frogs travel to Lubbock for a 6 p.m. first serve at the United Spirit Arena. The match will air nationally on FOX College Sports.
|Date||Wednesday, Nov. 7|
|Location (Facility)||Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena; 15,050)|
|First Serve||6 p.m. | Gametracker | No Live Video|
|Television||FOX College Sports|
|Radio||KTXT 88.1 FM|
Texas Tech will make its second nationally-televised appearance on FOX College Sports Wednesday evening against the Horned Frogs. The Red Raiders' match with Oklahoma on Oct. 17 also aired on FOX College Sports in what was the debut of Texas Tech TV on FOX. John Doskow will handle the play-by-play duties courtside at the United Spirit Arena while Jim Giacomazzi will serve as the color analyst. Courtney Davis will also report from the sidelines to complete the broadcast team.
PLAYER TO WATCH - Brianna Grant
Brianna Grant comes into this week having started in each of Texas Tech's last three matches where the freshman has totaled eight kills and six blocks during that stretch. Grant posted three kills and matched her career high with four blocks last Saturday at No. 21 Iowa State. The Antioch, Ill. native moved into the starting lineup after her best performance of the year on Oct. 20 at Kansas State where she connected on a career-high five kills and four blocks against the Wildcats. After Grant came off the bench, the Red Raiders rallied from two sets down to nearly upset the 14th-ranked Wildcats on their home floor. With Aubree Piper out due to injury, Grant has rotated with fellow freshman Lydia McKay and sophomore Mikia Mills in the middle.
INSIDE THE TCU SERIES
Texas Tech will be hosting TCU for the first time as Big 12 Conference members in any sport Wednesday evening. The Red Raiders previously fell to the Horned Frogs in straight sets on Sept. 26 this year in Fort Worth in the first league battle between the two in-state schools that are 3-3 against each other all-time. Tech will be looking to snap a three-match losing streak to TCU as the Red Raiders' last win in the series came on Sept. 12, 2008, in a five-set victory in Lubbock. The Red Raiders are 2-1 all-time when facing TCU in Lubbock as Tech also took wins on Oct. 17, 1999, and Sept. 3, 2001.
The Red Raiders begin the final stretch of the regular season next Wednesday when Tech travels to face No. 3 Texas in Austin. The match is set for a 7 p.m. first serve and will air on the Longhorn Network. Tech closes the year with two of its final three matches at home, beginning Nov. 17 with No. 17 Kansas State and then on Nov. 21 with Baylor. The originally-scheduled non-conference match for Friday with New Mexico has been canceled.
BRUMMITT NEARING SINGLE-SEASON DIG RECORD
Rachel Brummitt will likely snap the Texas Tech single-season digs record Wednesday evening as the sophomore heads into the match needing just one dig to tie Melissa McGehee's school-record total from the 2000 season. Brummitt passed Ann Romjue (2000), Desiree Batista (2005), and Lisa Hilgers (1997) with her eight digs last Saturday at No. 21 Iowa State. The Plano, Texas native now has 447 digs on the year as she has totaled 62 during Tech's last four matches alone. Brummitt is only the eighth player in school history to record at least 400 digs in a season. She previously passed teammate Tory Vaughan's 407 digs from a year ago, which marked the first time Texas Tech had two players reach the 400-dig mark in consecutive seasons.
OPENING SET KEY FOR THE RED RAIDERS
The opening set has been crucial for Texas Tech under head coach Don Flora as the Red Raiders are 9-3 this year and 23-6 under Flora when winning the opening frame. Overcoming deficits has been a challenge, especially in Big 12 play, as the Red Raiders have rallied to win from a first-set loss five times under Flora, with four of those matches taking place this season. Tech is also a perfect 16-0 under Flora when taking a 2-0 lead into the break. All three of Tech's wins all-time against TCU have come after the Red Raiders won the opening set.