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Monday Morning Matador: a crossroad of sports

Basketball season is upon us.

In a week marred by disappointing losses, Texas Tech’s basketball program looks to begin its season after an exhibition win against UTEP. Let’s dive in.

Red and Black series, Black leads 2-1

Baseball is getting some work in during the fall with the annual Red vs Black series. The Black team has jumped out to a 2-1 advantage after a 7-2 victory Sunday afternoon. Senior Cameron Warren opened up scoring with a two-run home run that led to a rolling for the black team with three runs in the second, three in the fifth and the final dagger in the seventh. This marks the second consecutive win for the black team after a dramatic rally on Friday, but the red team will be looking to even the series on Tuesday at 3:30pm.

Volleyball fights, falls short 3-1

Texas Tech was bested early in their match up against Kansas. Falling down 2 sets before winning in the third frame, the Red Raiders faltered too much at the net that allowed the Jayhawks to close out the battle with a 25-21 win in the final frame. Missy Owens recorded an incredible 43 assists, and Emily Hill earned a double-double with her 15 kill and 10 dig performance. The result of the match puts Tech at 16-9 overall and into a losing record of 5-6 in the Big 12. Up next, the Red Raiders take on the Sooners Wednesday night in hopes of defending their 7-1 home record.

Football drops 46-51 to Oklahoma

Texas Tech fell to No. 7 ranked Oklahoma at home on Saturday. After a pair of interceptions on the first two drives, Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray threw for 360 yards and three touchdowns to rally the Sooners past the Red Raiders. Despite leading 31-28 at halftime, the game took an unfortunate turn when freshman Alan Bowman had to leave the game due to lung complications. With backup Jett Duffey taking his place, the offense seemed completely changed - going at least three drives before scoring points again. Despite allowing Oklahoma to get ahead, Texas Tech was able to keep it close with a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter but the two-point attempt was intercepted and returned to give Oklahoma a 44-40 lead. The game finished with a similar gap at 51-46 Sooners. Texas Tech’s best offensive weapon was Antoine Wesley who had 199 yards on twelve catches. Up next the Red Raiders will take on the Longhorns for Senior night this Saturday.

Soccer loses to Baylor, 2-1 in overtime

The thrilling end of the season run for Texas Tech was put to rest on Friday night in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship. After a grueling thirty six shots throughout regulation, Texas Tech and Baylor were only able to net a goal each in regulation. Baylor was able to put one in the back of thet net right at the end of the first half and Tech placed theirs in at the 56’ from Kirsten Davis. Coach Stone remarked that ”although the goal at the end of the half was disheartening, it didn’t change our mission at all.” The score brought a lot of momentum Tech’s way and the Red Raiders were very close to putting it away off the foot of Jordan Duke - but the Bears keeper made an outstanding leaping save to keep the game level. In overtime, Baylor wasted no time and hit a golden goal merely three minutes in. As a solid rock he is, Coach stone simply stated “it’s soccer. The kid hit a dream ball into the top corner, and there’s nothing we can really do about it save for the turnover in the middle of the field, which was costly.” Up next for the Red Raiders, the NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be at 3:30 today to decide where and who Tech will face in the first round.

Basketball seizes exhibition 85-61

The exhibition game for Texas Tech before opening the 2018 season against Incarnate Word was held on Thursday against UTEP. The Red Raiders dominated the competition on all levels and rolled the scoreboard 85-61. Both Norense Odiase and Jarrett Culver recorded double-doubles with 12-12 and 18-12, respectively. Tariq Owens also made his presence known as a big man with nine points and nine rebounds helped Tech outrebound the Miners 55-30. Another transfer making his presence felt was Matt Mooney who managed three assists and six points. Brandone Francis hit two first-half 3-pointers for the Red Raiders and finished with 11 points, while Davide Moretti added eight points, three assists and three rebounds. Freshman Kyler Edwards finished his game with nine points and five rebounds. Up next the Red Raiders start their season against Incarnate Word on Tuesday where they will also unveil their Elite Eight banner!