Tech Volleyball plays Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at 3pm CST at the Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, KS. This will be Tech's 14th Conference game and Kansas State's 15th.
Tech lost to Kansas State 3-0 on Oct 8th in Lubbock. These two teams have met 34 times with Kansas State leading the series 26-8.
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Current Record: Tech's record is 15-14,1-12. Kansas State's current record is 18-107-7.
Keys to the Match: Tech has to get their "serving game" under control. In Tuesday's loss to San Jose State, Tech struggled in the serving game. San Jose State posted nine aces to Tech's six. The Red Raiders had 12 service errors, which proved to be the difference in the match as the Spartans only had six. Tech lost 24-26, 25-15, 21-25, 29-27, 12-15 despite hitting .235 in the match compared to San Jose State's performance of .192.
Coaches: This is Don Flora's first season coaching the Lady Red Raiders. The Kansas State's coach, Suzie Fritz, is in her 11th season with the Wildcats. Her current record at K-State is 213-126.
Competition: This will be the 35th meeting between the Lady Red Raiders and the Kansas State Wildcats
Live Stats: www.texastech.com
Live Video: www.kstatesports.com
Saturday's match will be broadcast on K-StateHD.TV and Texas Tech's RaiderVision as K-State has agreed to share its video feed.
Texas Tech is ranked 7th in the nation in Blocks per Set. (2.95 stuffs per set average)
Texas Tech is the top blocking team in the conference with an average of 2.83 per set overall. The Raiders' mark of 2.49 in league action ranks second just behind Oklahoma's 2.50. That strong block has helped limit Tech's opponents to a hitting percentage of just .160, which ranks atop the league. That number flips, however, in league action as Big 12 teams are hitting .243 against Tech, which ranks eighth.
The Red Raiders are led by outside hitter Amanda Dowdy. The senior is the team's top offensive weapon and also plays a key role defensively as she also is second on the team in digs with a 3.29 average. Dowdy pounds out an impressive 4.00 kills a set to rank fourth in the conference overall. She is one of the most decorated players in Tech history as she is second in career kills with 1,445 and trails only Kelly Johnson, who played from 2001-04.
The Red Raiders have held their opponents to a combined .160 hitting percentage so far this season, which is the lowest in the Big 12.
The current BIG12 stats for Tech and K-State for matches played through Nov 18th:
|Hitting Percentage||Sets Played||Kills||Errors||Total Attempts||Percentage|
|9. Texas Tech||103||1271||564||3537||0.2|
|Opponent Hitting Pct||Sets Played||Kills||Errors||Total Attempts||Percentage|
|1. Texas Tech||103||1219||645||3587||0.16|
|Assists||Sets Played||# of Assists||Avg/Set|
|9. Texas Tech||103||1189||11.54|
|Kills||Sets Played||# of Kills||Avg/Set|
|9. Texas Tech||103||1271||12.34|
|Blocks||Sets Played||Blocks Solo||Block Assists||Ttl Team Blocks||Avg/Set|
|1. Texas Tech||103||51||480||291||2.83|
|Service Aces||Sets Played||Total #||Avg/Set|
|7. Texas Tech||103||119||1.16|
|Digs||Sets Played||Total #||Avg/Set|
|7. Texas Tech||103||1465||14.22|