Miara Cave will be one of two Red Raiders honored during Saturday's Senior Day ceremony.
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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will look to avenge a previous loss to Kansas State this year when the Red Raiders host the 20th-ranked Wildcats at 6 p.m. Saturday evening inside the United Spirit Arena.
|Date||Saturday, Nov. 17|
|Location (Facility)||Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena; 15,050)|
|First Serve||6 p.m. | Gametracker | Watch Live|
|Radio||KTXT 88.1 FM|
Texas Tech enters Saturday's match looking for its first win over Kansas State since 2004 as the Wildcats have won the last 15 contests between the two schools. The Red Raiders defeated K-State, 3-2, on Nov. 20, 2004, in Manhattan for their last win in the series which also was the last Tech victory over a ranked opponent as the Wildcats were ranked 20th at the time. K-State leads the all-time series 29-8 overall after hanging on for a 3-2 victory on Oct. 20 this year in Manhattan. The Wildcats are also 11-5 all-time when playing in Lubbock.
PLAYER TO WATCH - Miara Cave
Miara Cave will be one of two Red Raiders honored in Saturday's Senior Day ceremony, joining fellow San Antonio native Tory Vaughan. Cave is coming off one of her best performances of the season at No. 3 Texas Wednesday night as she connected on nine kills to finish one back of Emily Ehrle for the team high. She was 9-for-16 on the attack with just one error for a .500 hitting percentage, her highest during Big 12 play this season. Cave is one of two Red Raiders with at least 200 kills this season as she enters this weekend with 213 on the year to go along 38 digs and 40 blocks. This is the second-straight season where Cave has recorded at least 200 kills as she totaled 298 a year ago, giving her 834 for her career entering this weekend.
The Red Raiders close out their home schedule next Wednesday when the Baylor Bears travel to Lubbock for a 6 p.m. match at the United Spirit Arena. The match will air nationally on FOX College Sports. Tech will then wrap the regular season on Nov. 24 at No. 19 Kansas.
TEXAS MATCH STARTS TOUGH STRETCH TO END REGULAR SEASON
Wednesday night's match at Texas opened a difficult stretch to end the regular season for the Red Raiders, who will face three ranked opponents in their final four matches. Texas Tech fell in straight sets to No. 3 Texas Wednesday before hosting No. 20 Kansas State on Saturday. After facing Baylor next Wednesday, Tech will close the season at No. 19 Kansas. This will be the most challenging stretch for the Red Raiders this year as Tech has not faced a ranked opponent in back-to-back matches so far.
RED RAIDERS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Texas Tech will be facing a top-25 team for the sixth time this season as the Red Raiders are 0-5 so far with a pair of losses to Texas and Iowa State as well as Kansas State. The Red Raiders came close to upsetting then-No. 14 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 0-9 against top-25 teams so far under head coach Don Flora.
RED RAIDERS TO MAKE ONE MORE APPEARANCE ON FOX COLLEGE SPORTS
Texas Tech will make its final appearance on FOX College Sports when the Red Raiders battle Baylor on Nov. 21 at the United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders had previously hosted Oklahoma on Oct. 17 and TCU last Wednesday on the network which signed a three-year third-tier rights agreement with Tech in September.
BRUMMITT SNAPS SINGLE-SEASON DIGS RECORD
Rachel Brummitt snapped the Texas Tech single-season digs record early in the first set against TCU on Nov. 7 as she passed Melissa McGehee's school-record total from the 2000 season. With her 12 digs against the Horned Frogs, Brummitt now has 468 on the year, 20 more than McGehee's previous mark. The Plano, Texas native 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.
DAVID RECORDS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST TCU
Breeann David entered this week coming off a career-high 19 kills on Nov. 7 when the Red Raiders fell in straight sets to TCU. David opened the match with seven kills in the pivotal first set where Tech led 24-21 before TCU rallied to take the opening lead with a 32-30 victory. She also added nine digs to finish just shy of her fourth career double-double. Her 19 kills snapped her previous career high of 17 that she set on Oct. 1 last year in a five-set loss to Oklahoma. The performance marked the fifth time this season a Tech player has recorded 19 or more kills in a match.
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.