Red Raiders Return Home to Host No. 2 Baylor

LUBBOCK, Texas  – The Texas Tech volleyball team returns to United Supermarkets Arena this weekend to host second-ranked Baylor on Friday and Saturday. Both matches are scheduled for 6 p.m. on ESPN+.

The Red Raiders will host their annual Dig Pink match on Friday night against the Bears. The game serves to raise awareness for breast cancer and help fund breast cancer research. Fans that come to Friday’s game dressed in pink will receive a $3 ticket at the door.
• Texas Tech is coming off splits in its first two road trips of the season, going 1-1 against then-No. 13 Iowa State and TCU. Against the Cyclones, Tech dropped a 3-1 match before coming out with a 3-2 win to finish the weekend. The win marked the Red Raiders’ first ranked road win since Sept. 19, 2018, when they knocked off No. 19 Baylor in Waco, Texas. Against TCU, the Red Raiders opened the weekend with a 3-2 loss before winning the final three sets of a four-set battle with the Horned Frogs last Friday.
• Through two weekends of play, Red Raider libero Emerson Solano ranks second in the Big 12 in digs per set with a 4.42 average, trailing only Iowa State’s Izzy Enna by .04. As a team, Tech leads the conference averaging 15.20 digs per set.
• Senior Allison Bloss has had a strong start to her final season in scarlet and black, recording 2.00 kills per set on a .417 hitting percentage that ranks fourth in the Big 12. She is also averaging 1.04 blocks per set which is currently fifth in the conference.
• Senior Samantha Sanders recorded her best weekend of the season so far at TCU, recording a pair of 20-kill performances in Fort Worth. Sanders posted 24 kills with a .364 hitting percentage in the four-set win over the Horned Frogs. She also added 12 digs in the victory, which marked her second double-double of the season. Averaging 3.26 kills per set this season, Sanders ranks seventh in the Big 12.
• Texas Tech volleyball’s Brooke Kanas was named to the 2020 All-Big 12 Preseason Team this fall. The nod marks the second straight year that Kanas has been named to the preseason squad. Kanas has made quite an impact so far for the Red Raiders, and is one of three players averaging over 2.0 kills per set so far this seaosn.
• Sophomore Caitlin Dugan has had a strong start to her second season at Tech, averaging 2.68 kills per set to rank second on the team. She has twice tied her career high in kills this season with 17 at both Iowa State and TCU.
• Through six matches, Red Raider setter Alex Kirby ranks third in the Big 12 averaging 10.24 assists per set. Kirby has recorded a trio of double-doubles so far this season, including 52 assists and a career high 19 digs, along with four kills and three blocks in the win over the 13th-ranked Cyclones. Her last double-double was a 51-assist, 12-dig performance in the five setter at TCU.
• Texas Tech’s season-opening sweep of the Mountaineers was the Red Raiders’ first sweep in a conference opener since 2002.

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