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TEXAS TECH VOLLEYBALL STEPPING UP THE MIDDLE Prior to this season, one of the main aspects Don Flora wanted to improve in the Texas Tech attack was the play in the middle. The Red Raiders attacked primarily from the outside during his inaugural campaign on the Tech bench but have looked more to the middle this season with returning junior Aubree Piper and emerging freshman Lydia McKay. The two middles enter this week with Tech’s two highest hitting percentages as McKay has totaled a .274 average while Piper is hitting .309 on they year, which currently ranks seventh in the Big 12. The two, along with fellow middle blocker Mikia Mills, have combined for 380 kills so far this season, 31 percent of Tech’s team total which is vast improvement from a year ago where Tech received only 20 percent of its kills from the middle. Tech has not had two or more middle blockers post 100 or more kills in a season since Piper and Barbara Conceicao combined for 255 in 2010. MILLS BECOMING A FORCE IN THE MIDDLE Mikia Mills entered the Kansas State match coming off two of her best performances of the season as the sophomore totaled 15 kills and 11 blocks during the previous week. She matched her career high with eight kills at West Virginia and then came close to matching it again when she finished with seven against Oklahoma. In addition to her offensive numbers, Mills has also been instrumental at the net as she recorded seven blocks against the Mountaineers and four against Oklahoma. Mills’ emergence has helped play a key role for the Red Raiders, who have been without junior middle blocker Aubree Piper for the last seven matches. HRAGYIL, STACY COME OFF THE BENCH TO SPARK RED RAIDERS IN WIN Part of Texas Tech’s success at West Virginia stemmed from the play of its bench, specifically Nicole Hragyil and Meghan Stacy. Hragyil moved from a back row substitute to setter to start the second set while Stacy was inserted on the outside as an offensive boost. Both delivered as Hragyil recorded her first career doubledouble with 30 assists and 10 digs while Stacy connected on 10 kills to go along with a .296 hitting percentage. Stacy’s 10 kills marked her most during Big 12 play this year as she reached double digits for the first time since dropping a season-high 16 on Sept. 14 against Houston Baptist. Hragyil, meanwhile, posted season highs in both categories as she reached double digits in digs for the third time in her career. Both players were in the starting lineup Wednesday evening when Tech fell in straight sets to Oklahoma. DAVID SEES FIRST FULL ACTION BACK AGAINST KANSAS Despite having played briefly in two matches since returning from injury, Breeann David made her full return to the court against Texas as the sophomore connected on 10 kills over three sets. David was Texas Tech’s leader in kills prior to suffering an ankle injury early in the first set against Towson on Sept. 7. Since then, she has played just a few points in Tech’s first two Big 12 matches against Kansas and TCU. The Denver City, Texas native has primarily played three rotations since returning from injury. RED RAIDERS RECEIVING MORE ATTENTION UNDER FLORA Don Flora’s hiring at Texas Tech has not only resulted in more wins for the Red Raiders but it has also brought more recognition to the program as well. In the 15 seasons prior to his arrival, Texas Tech had only been honored with a Big 12 weekly recipient 12 times with the most recent being Amanda Dowdy in 2008. That all changed in 2011, though, as the Red Raiders picked up three conference weekly awards en route to a 1517 season that marked the most wins since 2001. Tech has picked up right where last season left off as well as the Red Raiders are 13-12 and have already received five weekly accolades from the league, giving Flora seven in a little over a season. EHRLE BECOMES LATEST RED RAIDER TO EARN A BIG 12 WEEKLY AWARD Emily Ehrle joined Rachel Brummitt and Emily Ruetter as Big 12 weekly award recipients on Sept. 10 as she was named the conference Rookie of the Week for her play at the Montana Tournament. The freshman totaled 46 kills over four matches, including double digit totals over the final two contests against Furman and Montana. She hit .293 over 14 sets, including a .432 mark against Furman where she connected on a careerhigh 23 kills. The performance marked the first time a Tech player had reached the 20-kill mark this season and was also the most kills since Amanda Dowdy recorded 26 on Sept. 26 last year at New Mexico. The selection marked the third-straight week a Red Raider had earned a conference award, a first in school history. TOWSON SNAPS TEXAS TECH’S SEASON-OPENING WINNING STREAK Texas Tech’s loss to Towson to start the Montana tournament snapped an eight-match winning streak to start the season for the Red Raiders, who were off to their best start since 2003. The Red Raiders had started a season with eight-straight victories only seven times previously in school history. Tech also opened the 2011 season with a solid start as the Red Raiders were 13-1 with the only loss coming in the season opener at TCU. BRUMMITT REPEATS AT BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Rachel Brummitt became the first Tech player to earn a Big 12 weekly in consecutive weeks on Sept. 4 when the sophomore was named the conference Defensive Player of the Week. Brummitt, who took the award after the opening weekend of the season as well, snapped the Tech school record for most digs in a three-set match against San Jose State as she finished with 27, topping the previous record of 24 that was set by Sheila Solomon on Nov. 16, 1990, against Houston. The Plano, Texas native was named to last weekend’s Lonestar Showdown all-tournament team as she finished with a team-high 60 digs to go along with four aces. RUETTER ALSO HONORED AS CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK Just like Rachel Brummitt, freshman Emily Ruetter was also honored by the Big 12 on Sept. 4 as she was named the conference Rookie of the Week. Since taking over the setter role at the beginning of the season, Ruetter has led a balanced Tech attack as she is sixth in the Big 12 with a 9.60 assists per set average that also ranks second in the league among freshman setters. She finished with 111 assists to go along with 21 digs and seven blocks during the Lonestar Showdown en route to becoming the first Tech setter to earn a conference weekly award since Lisa Hilgers on Nov. 16, 1998. #WRECKEMTECH

TEXAS TECH RECORD WHEN... At the United Spirit Arena On the road Neutral sites Big 12 Play Non-Conference At a tournament On Television

2011-12 Flora All Big 12 Era 5-4 0-4 9-11 3-8 1-5 8-18 5-2 0-0 11-2 2-9 2-9 3-24 11-5 0-0 25-7 10-3 0-0 21-4 0-2 0-2 0-6

Wearing Red uniforms Wearing White uniforms Wearing Black uniforms

4-1 4-2 5-9

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday

1-0 0-0 3-0 0-1 0-0 1-2 0-4 0-4 0-12 5-1 0-0 10-2 7-7 2-5 13-15

Against ranked opponents Top 5 opponents Top 10 opponents

0-4 0-0 0-1

Kills Leading Trailing Tied

8-0 2-0 21-2 5-14 0-9 7-28 0-0 0-0 0-1

Blocks Leading Trailing Tied

11-2 1-12 1-0

Digs Leading Trailing Tied

9-2 1-1 18-5 4-12 1-8 9-26 0-0 0-0 1-0

Attack Percentage Leading Trailing

13-0 2-0 27-3 0-14 0-9 1-28

Service Aces Leading Trailing Tied

5-2 7-10 1-2

1-1 16-4 1-6 10-23 0-2 2-4

Hitting Percentage Hitting .300 or better Hitting .250-.299 Hitting .200-.249 Hitting .100-.199 Hitting below .100 Opponents hitting above .300 Opponents hitting .250-.299 Opponents hitting .200-.249 Opponents hitting .100-.199 Opponents hitting below .100

2-0 5-0 5-2 1-9 0-3 0-5 2-8 2-1 7-0 2-0

0-0 1-0 1-0 0-6 0-3 0-4 0-4 0-1 1-0 1-0

In three sets In four sets In five sets

3-9 7-3 3-2

0-6 14-18 2-2 9-8 0-1 5-5

Leading 1-0 Leading 2-0 Leading 2-1 Tied 1-1 Tied 2-2 Trailing 0-1 Trailing 0-2 Trailing 1-2

9-3 4-0 8-0 7-3 3-2 4-11 1-11 2-5

1-2 1-0 2-0 1-2 0-1 1-7 0-7 0-3

23-6 16-0 11-1 10-9 5-5 5-25 1-22 3-12

TEXAS TECH VOLLEYBALL

5

1-0 9-5 0-1 8-6 1-6 11-18

0-3 0-0 0-1

0-9 0-0 0-3

2-2 22-8 0-7 2-22 0-0 4-1

7-0 9-0 9-6 3-22 0-5 0-9 3-15 2-3 11-4 12-0

TCU Match Notes  

Match notes for media and fans attending the Texas Tech and TCU volleyball match on Nov. 6 in Lubbock

TCU Match Notes  

Match notes for media and fans attending the Texas Tech and TCU volleyball match on Nov. 6 in Lubbock