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Monday Morning Matador: spooky season and things are shaking up

Volleyball meets first Big 12 loss, soccer knocks off Okie light, softball cruises in Houston

With football in their bye week, you might be tempted to think that Texas Tech was in neutral this past week. Wrong. Let’s smell the morning brew and get down to brass tacks!

Women’s golf head to Medinah for Illini Invitational

The Texas Tech women’s golf team are hitting the links this morning at the Illini Invitational at the Medinah Country Club just outside of Chi-town. The Red Raiders will play 36 holes as part of the two-day tournament. Out of the fifteen schools participating, Tech will be one of nine schools which are ranked in the top 50. the Red Raiders come in at No. 49 following a seventh-place showing at the season-opening Mary Fossum Invitational. There also will be No. 14 Kent State, No. 19 San Jose State, No. 20 Miami, No. 24 Illinois, No. 26 SMU, No. 32 Purdue, No. 35 Virginia Tech & No. 36 East Carolina. The tournament started at 8:30 this morning and the second round will continue at 9am tomorrow morning.

Soccer takes down No. 21 Cowgirls in Stillwater

In Texas Tech fashion this Fall, the Red Raiders took down the Oklahoma State soccer team 1-0 on their home turf. The Cowgirls, previously unbeaten at home, gave the Red Raiders a helluva time for the first half of play but momentum leaned towards the visitors. “Our forwards were giving their back four trouble,” Coach Stone pointed out. “We knew that as (our forwards) confidence grew, so would the confidence of the rest of our team. Hopefully we’d get the game-winner out of that, which we did.” It came in the 67th minute off the penalty from sophomore Ally Griffith. The victory marks the program’s second-ever win in Stillwater, and first since 1997. Up next, the team will take on Kansas State in Manhattan on Friday before heading to Lawrence for a match with Kansas on Sunday.

Volleyball’s hot streak fizzles out against Horned Frogs

The magic run would have to come to an end sometime, and the volleyball team lost it in Fort Worth on Saturday. They fell to TCU 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19), committing a season-high 12 service errors. Three Red Raiders finished in double figures but Tech struggled to slow TCU’s Elan McCall and Katie Clark, who combined for 41 kills. The loss moves Volleyball to 4-1 in conference play and 15-4 on the year. Coach Graystone said “We’re very proud of what they’ve done,” Graystone said. “This is a loss, but it’s not the end of the world. No one expected us to go 16-0, and I didn’t ask them to go 16-0 in conference play. We’ll come back on Monday, get back to work and start a new streak.” Up next, the team will travel to Norman on Wednesday to face off with Oklahoma.

Softball sweeps Houston tournament

The softball team met sunny skies this weekend putting up a 4-0 record at the University of Houston’s fall tournament. Texas Tech defeated Lamar and Houston on Saturday and Sunday; Overwhelmingly topping Lamar 8-1 and the Cougars 7-0 on Saturday, and then by one run margins on Sunday, 3-2 and 5-4 respectively. Tech will return to Lubbock with a perfect 7-0 fall record and host the Red & Black Series this week as its final event of the fall season. The series runs Wednesday-Friday with first pitch times set for 6 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.