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Monday Morning Matador: TCU never stood a chance

Soccer and Volleyball make sure that TCU knows who is boss

Despite what you might have been thinking, this article isn’t about Kansas picking up its first Big 12 win of the season against TCU in FOOTBALL. Let’s dive in to what earned this article its title and recap Texas Tech athletics.

Soccer picks up massive win in penalties

The Big 12 Championship quarterfinals hosted five-seeded Texas Tech against four-seeded TCU Sunday afternoon. The second half of the match was initially beset by a rally of TCU threats that ended up well defended - but dangerous nonetheless. Texas Tech took the lead the rest of the way by rattling off seven shots but none fell into the net. The match would end up in overtime for Tech’s third time this season. Even with additional time, Tech and TCU were just too matched to let it end in any other way except penalties. Coach Stone said “It was a great college soccer game. TCU has had a phenomenal year, and we have a lot of respect for those guys. It’s not surprising that it went 0-0.” In penalties the Red Raider goalkeep, Marissa Zucchetto, would be the star of the show as she also stepped up as a PK member. Stone backed up his decision by remarking that “she is such a good ball striker, and she has the best feet we’ve ever had in goal at Tech. The whole team was solidly behind her.” It proved fortuitous, as Tech took the game in penalties by 5-3. Up next the Red Raiders take on the Big 12 regular season champs Baylor in a semi-final showdown next weekend.

Womens and Mens tennis stay tough

Notable athletes from this past weekend are:

Freshman Olivia Peet for the women’s team. Peet took the lone singles win of the day when she took down Georgia Tech’s Valeriya Deminova in straight sets (6-3, 6-0). Peet wrapped up the weekend with a 2-1 record and is 7-3 during fall action.

Sophomore Matheus Leite won his way into the final match of the main draw consolation, after losing in the main draw on Friday, with a win and a pair of withdrawals on Saturday.

Junior Artem Kapshuk also picked up a win in on Saturday by defeating his first-round opponent from Portland by a score of 6-4, 6-3. Kapshuk was then defeated in a three-sets quarterfinal match.

Senior Tommy Mylnikov also competed on Saturday, but was ultimately forced to withdraw due to an injury.

Further women’s results: here

Further men’s results: here

Volleyball gets back to winning ways with sweep

On Saturday, Texas Tech fell down 23-19 in the first set against TCU but rallied in an incredible way to take the first, second, and third set from the Horned Frogs. Red Raiders Brooke Kanas and Emily Hill played a major part in that momentum by tallying double digit kills in the match. Missy Owens also played the part of teammate by notching 35 assists on the day and propelling her teammates to victory. The win puts the Red Raiders at 16-8 on the season (5-5 conference) and avenges a loss to TCU earlier this month. The victory also matches their most Big 12 wins in a single season since 2002. Ending a five game skid, Texas Tech has moved ahead of TCU in the standings and has six games left on the schedule. Up next, the team travels to Lawrence to take on the Jayhawks on Saturday.

ISU defense proves too much for Bowman

With 4:39 left in the game, Alan Bowman snapped the ball and began a play-action pass resulting in a safety that put the dagger in a long afternoon of penalties, interceptions, special team triumphs and defensive prowess. Despite jumping our early 10-0 over the Cyclones, and dominating Brock Purdy the first two quarters - Texas Tech’s offense and (mostly defensive) penalties would be Iowa State’s greatest allies of the night. Tech committed 10 penalties racking up over 100 yards in damages, Bowman threw three interceptions, the running game never got established, Iowa State dominated time of possession and downright finished a game that Tech had every chance to put away. Up next, the Red Raiders have a deadly duo of home games with Oklahoma this Saturday and Texas the following.