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Monday Morning Matador: falling in love & heartbreak

Basketball rising, soccer domination and senior night woes.

Well despite having successful programs otherwise, Texas Tech’s loss against Texas in football is going to be most people’s main conversational piece. Viva’s twitter had this much to say on the subject:

Let’s take a look at all of Tech’s sports in this week’s roundup.

Basketball is back, men and women start strong

The womens’ team has started 2018 with a bang under new Coach Marlene Stollings. In their first two matches they defeated Jacksonville State, 71-58 and then ULM, 86-42. The 44-point margin over ULM was the most by a Lady Raider team since the 2015 84-40 victory over Arkansas-Pine Buff. It is also important to note that this team has scored 20+ points in five of the eight quarters played this season - a breakneck offensive pace. Up next for the Lady Raiders, they will take on Idaho Saturday. Tip off is at 3pm.

The mens’ team also has taken the beginning of the season in stride. The Red Raiders opened up the 2018 season with a 87-37 walloping of Incarnate Word. Even though Tech was only up 39-30 at the half they held UIW to only seven points in the second half. Transfer Tariq Owens led a big portion of the defensive effort with six blocks on the night, while the team had 11 as a whole; one away from the program record. Offensive efforts from Jarrett Culver (16 points), Matt Mooney (12 points), Brandone Francis (13 points) and Kyler Edwards (10 points). Following UIW, Texas Tech took on Mississippi Valley State in a breakout game for Davide Moretti and Deshawn Corprew. Moretti, scoring a career-high seventeen points, was sensational from beyond the arc scoring on five of his seven attempts. Corprew also put in the offensive effort by managing a seamless eleven-point game with eight rebounds. Texas Tech would go on to take the victory by an 84-52 margin. The win marks their 40th non-conference home game victory. Texas Tech has not lost a non-conference home game now since Dec. 30, 2013 and Coach Beard is now 21-0 in those games. Up next, the Red Raiders take on Southland Conference Champs: Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Volleyball falls to OU, looks towards Baylor

After three sets, the Texas Tech volleyball team held a 2-1 lead and looked to close out a victory. Oklahoma, on the other hand, had something else in mind when they equalized after a fourth set win. Pushing the game to five sets, the Sooners were able to capitalize on seven errors committed by the Red Raiders to win the final frame 15-10. Texas Tech falls to 5-7 in conference. This marks the first five-set loss when Tech led 2-1, and first five-set loss in Big 12 play since last season. Coach Graystone seemed resolute in the results, commenting “nothing changes on our end, whether we would have won tonight or not. We still have work to do and there’s still a lot of volleyball left in front of us.” Standout leaders for the match were Brooke Kanas with 19 kills, Emily Hill with 13 kills and 12 digs, Katy Keenan with 10 blocks and 9 kills, Paige Anderson with 15 kills, Sarah Sanders with 13 kills, and Missy Owens with 44 assists, 10 digs, 8 kills, and 6 blocks. Up next the Volleyball team looks forward to one of its last four matches against Baylor tonight at 6pm.

Football’s late rally not enough to overcome Texas

The Red Raiders missed their chance for consecutive wins over Texas for the first time since 1997-1998 with a 41-34 loss to Texas. Jett Duffey started for the Red Raiders with Alan Bowman taking it easy after a flare up of his collapsed lung. Duffey had 524 total yards in his second start completing 37 of 47 passes for 444 yards and running 17 times for 80 yards. He also unfortunately had three crucial turnovers forcing the need for a late comeback. Antoine Wesley and TJ Vasher had great games again, racking up 171 and 81 yards respectively. Despite the late rally Texas was able to march down and make a score to put the game away. Coach Kingsbury is now 35-38 in his six seasons, and is one win away from a bowl game. Up next for the Red Raiders they travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on Kansas State.

Soccer dominates in first round of NCAA Tournament

In the first round against Princeton, Texas Tech wasted no time making a statement. Jade King took the cross from Kirsten Davis and placed it at the back of the net only seven minutes in. Davis, netting her own goal at the 57’, had a hand in all three of the Red Raiders’ scores for the night. Near the 66’ Davis served up another beautiful cross to Charlotte Teeter that would put a bow on a rather impressive showing by Texas Tech, 3-0 over Princeton. The win keeps Tech undefeated in the NCAA Tournament while at the John Walker Complex (5-0) and the Red Raiders have still yet to allow a goal in Lubbock. Coach Stone had very little to say about the offensive production by the ladies, except that it was “lit.” Up next the soccer team will take on No. 12 Virginia Thursday night, location is TBD.