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Monday Morning Matador: mid-October bonanza

Football and tennis taking care of business, volleyball and soccer struggling

Hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’,wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, hit em’, wreck em’, Texas Tech!

Alright now that I’ve got that out of my system. Some news:

Football takes Kansas to the woodshed

We’re moving into the eighth week of Tech’s schedule and how many would guess we’d be sitting 5-2 with 3-1 of it being in conference? This past weekend Tech hosted Kansas for homecoming weekend and failed to disappoint. The most surprising development of the weekend was the return of freshman extraordinaire Alan Bowman from his partially collapsed lung. Bowman completed 36 of 46 passes and eclipsed 400 yards in the contest. His three touchdowns tossed to Antoine Wesley, T.J. Vasher and Seth Collins helped propel the Red Raiders to a 48-16 victory over the Jayhawks. The ground war also shared the love with three touchdowns from Ta’Zhawn Henry, Demarcus Felton and Tre King. The 806D came out and did their job with efficiency and aggression, allowing for only two Jayhawk touchdowns the whole game. Up next, a big challenge against the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames on Saturday, 11am.

Volleyball falls to No. 8 Texas

The Red Raiders, now 15-7 on the year (4-4 in conference) traveled to Austin to take on the No. 8 Texas Longhorns. Led by Katy Keenan, with 12 kills in her fourth double-digit performance in Big 12 play, Tech jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the second frame and held a 9-8 advantage. Unfortunately the Longhorns used a 13-4 run to go up 21-13 and take the second frame. In the third frame, Tech never moved out of striking distance but were unable to overcome the offensive force of the Longhorns - falling 20-17, and losing all three frames. Up next, the volleyball team will challenge West Virginia on Wednesday.

Soccer concedes two goals in loss to TCU

In a match up of powerhouse vs powerhouse, TCU overcame the Red Raiders in a second half rally. The first half had been heavily in TCU’s favor (out-shooting Tech 4-1), but ended in a stalemate 0-0. When both teams came out after the half, the Horned Frogs wasted no time catching Tech off guard. Messiah Bright, for TCU, finished a deep pass off that beat Tech keeper Marissa Zucchetto just seconds after play starterd back up at the 45’. Not long after, Mckenzie Oliver for TCU took advantage of a well placed assist by Yazmeen Ryan to take the Horned Frogs up 2-0 over Tech at the 55’. The game would finish with the same scoreline and Tech moves to 12-4-1 on the year. Up next, Tech will host a big finale against Texas on Thursday at 7pm.

Both tennis squads stay fired up

Men’s tennis duo advances to the semi-finals in Waco

Francesca Sella qualified for the semifinals on day three of the ITA Texas Regional tournament, but finished her run at the semifinals.