Goooooood morning Raiderlaaaaaand, and a lovely morning it is when all we can really report is success from the front lines. This past week saw a complete redemption for football’s week one demeanor, a sweep in the volleyball arena and an astounding blow out by our women’s soccer team. All this and a little bit more below!
Football opens home play with a knockout, 77-0
This past Saturday Texas Tech hosted Lamar in the first home game of the season. Coming off of a dignity-destroying loss against Ole Miss prior, Coach Kingsbury and crew took this week to settle out obvious kinks - and settle they did. Red Raider fans saw an absolute treat of offensive and defensive prowess. Three quarterbacks saw significant playing time in the match up including Bowman, Duffey and Garrett (Carter out with high ankle sprain) and held overall impressive play-style. Defense, who seemed non-existent in the previous game, came out to impress. Holding Lamar to just 182 yards with 4 turnovers and 0 points on the board, the 806D showed some liveliness we had become accustomed to. This marks the first time since the 2006 that Texas Tech has shut out an opponent. Also, Tech’s seven rushing touchdown marks the first time since the 1950s that the Red Raiders rushed for over six scores. Up next Tech faces Houston on Saturday at 3pm.
Volleyball sweeps Seton Hall & Sacred Heart
Texas Tech volleyball closed its stay in California with sweeps of Seton Hall and Sacred Heart in the final day of UC Santa Barbara’s “Thunderdome Classic.” Tech defeated the Pirates 3-0 in the first match of the day led by sophomore Allison White with her season-high 12 kills. Following that route of Seton Hall, Tech kept up the attack against the Sacred Heart Pioneers later in the day winning 3-0. Freshman Haley Killinger led this game with her own season-high of 13 kills. The Red Raiders improve to 8-3 overall after a good 2-1 showing while in California. Up next, Tech will go to another tournament hosted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to face the Vaqueros, Houston Baptist and Texas Southern beginning on Saturday.
Soccer triumphs on (early) senior night
Scorelines of 3-0 are an impressive feat in the soccer community, but to command a 6-0 victory is something rare. Texas Tech came out firing on all cylinders last Friday for an earlier than usual senior night honoring Tech seniors Brooke Denesik, Hannah Fernandez, Carly Wickenheiser, Jordan Duke, Gwennie Puente, Margaret Begley and Cassie Boren. Netted goals came from Jade King, Savanna Jones, Cassie Hiatt, Kirsten Davis, Brittany Martin and Demi Koulizakis. Florida International had no chance! Tech also took care of business Sunday night against Oregon State, 4-1. Up next the Red Raiders travel to California to take on California State on Thursday.
Local legend returns to Lubbock
Eric Gutierrez, former All-American first basemen, returns to Lubbock after wrapping up a professional career in the Miami Marlins organization. He was drafted in the 20th round by the Marlins and spent three years with the Batavia Muckdogs, Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Jupiter Hammerheads. In wake of the professional life, Gutierrez returns to Lubbock as a volunteer assistant coach to Tadlock. “We are extremely excited for Gute to be joining our staff and program,” Tadlock said, “his work ethic & passion for the game and this university should serve our program well. Gute is one of the more diligent workers our program has ever had and he always had a knack for seeing things on the field.”