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Monday Morning Matador: the highs and lows

This is a case of the (Labor Day) Mondays 100%

I know none of y’all are working, so here’s some news from Raiderland to get you started on a day of slacking.

Football takes a hard opening loss to Ole Miss

The Red Raiders opened up their 2018 season with a disheartening 47-27 loss to SEC foe Ole Miss. This marks the first time since 2002 that the football team lost their season-opener. In lightning speed here’s a recap: McLane Carter went down injured late in the first quarter, paving an unforeseen way for true freshman Alan Bowman to take the reigns. Bowman would go for 29-49 for 273 yards and one touchdown. Da’Leon Ward led the team in rushing for the day with 90 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. TJ Vasher and Antoine Wesley were key to Tech’s passing offense with 66 and 65 yards, respectively. The defense was anything besides what they were hyped up to be. A number of big plays both on offense as well as special teams rocketed Ole Miss to the insurmountable lead that won them the game. Up next, Texas Tech takes on Lamar this Saturday at 3pm.

Soccer earns first loss against Boston College

Women’s soccer, now 4-1, was handed its first loss on Saturday night by Boston College. The 1-0 scoreline doesn’t accurately retell the gritty game in which the Red Raiders, even after the Eagles’ score in the 10th minute, never let off the gas. ”Soccer can be a cruel game, and there is no doubt that statistically we had the advantage in every category,” said head coach Tom Stone. “I thought we were ferocious all the way to the end, but where BC deserves credit was they held on in the end and scrambled and battled and blocked a lot of shots.” Despite setting the pace in the match, Tech was unable to recover. The next step in Tech’s non-conference schedule is a two-game home stand with Florida International and Oregon State starting September 7.

Volleyball wins 3-1 against UC Irvine

Texas Tech volleyball finished up their play at the UCI/Adidas Invitational with a 3-1 victory over host UC Irvine on Saturday. With that win the Raiders improve to a conference best record of 6-1 and 2-0 in true road matches. Junior Emily Hill has led the Red Raiders in kills (16 this game) in 4 of their 7 matches. Senior Missy Owens recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 digs and 50 assists. Coach Graystone improves to 2-0 against UC Irvine while at Tech. Up next the volleyball team will take on Long Beach State at 11 am today!

Ivan Ramirez lands top-10

Texas Tech Junior Ivan Ramirez closed out the third day of The Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach with a ninth place finish. On Saturday Ramirez finished the schedule with a 66, taking in stride during Sunday’s competition. Banking birdie on three of his first four holes, and recovering after a string of bogeys around 9 and 11 holes, Ramirez was able to card a 71 which was good enough for a -8 (a tie for 9th place). Overall the Texas Tech golf team the Red Raiders took seventh, in what has been stated as one of the strongest fields they encounter this season.