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Monday Morning Matador: The west stays winning

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Football, volleyball, cross country and soccer all find

If Texas Tech athletics were a commodity - the stock would be skyrocketing! Red Raider teams from all across the board saw commanding success from this past week of collegiate play, and we’ve got all the headlines for you right here.

Football puts the Cougars in a cage

Coming in with arguably the best defensive lineman in Ed Oliver and a proficient quarterback in D’Eriq King, Houston was seeking revenge. True freshman Alan Bowman led the Red Raider offense alongside another true freshman in running back Ta’Zhawn Henry. Henry, with four touchdowns on the day, was eclipsed by notable wide receiver Antoine Wesley who set a single-game record for his 261 yards on 13 receptions. Even more impressive was Bowman’s numbers, which garnered him the Walter Camp National Player of the Week awards, finished at 43/59 for 605 yards and 5 touchdowns. Enough to set him atop the Big 12 single-game freshman passing record and to close out the game with a 63-49 victory over the Cougars.

Volleyball dominates for their fifth win in a row

The Red Raider volleyball team took it to Texas Southern last weekend behind the combined efforts of veterans and rookies alike. Coach Tony Graystone decided to assimilate three freshman into the starting lineup which led to Hannah Allison and Karrington Jones recording their first kills as Red Raiders and both Kiari Gier and Audrey Smith recording their first aces as Red Raiders. The three sets finished 25-18, 25-15, and 25-21 to sweep Texas Southern and improve to 11-3 on a five game winning streak (longest streak of the season). Up next for the volleyball team will be opening Big 12 play against Baylor September 19 in Waco.

Fourteen enter, one host wins

The annual Texas Tech Open for cross country was held last Friday and in a pool of fourteen colleges, Texas Tech swept the competition. Redshirt senior Miguel Bautista led the charge with his first place finish behind a time of 25:44,and followed by four more top-10 finished by other Red Raiders. A full list of Red Raider competitors top finishes can be found here.

Soccer keeps pressure on California teams

Tom Stone has a vendetta against California, made obvious by this past weekend’s shut outs against California State, Sunridge and Loyola Marymount. In the match up against California State, Jade King came strong with another multi-score game. King netted two against the California Matadors (lame) at the 20 minute mark and then later at the 74 minute mark to put the game out of reach. Against Loyola Marymount, we had a very similar narrative: Jordan Duke and Kirsten Davis netted a pair of goals in the 53 and 86th minute. The 2-0 win pushes Tech to eight wins on the season and Tom Stone to 18 wins over California teams. Up next the Red Raiders start Big 12 play off against West Virginia on Friday.