LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball travels to Manhattan, Kansas, for its second road match of the week, taking on Kansas State Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. at Ahearn Field House.
The Red Raiders (12-5, 1-3) look to bounce back against the Wildcats (8-9, 1-3) following Wednesday's loss at Oklahoma. The match will be streamed live on ESPN 3, and live stats can be found at KStateSports.com.
Holding a 3-1 mark this season in matches immediately following a loss, Tech will be looking to jump back in the win column in a tough environment. The Red Raiders are 1-20 all-time in Manhattan with the lone win coming in 2004.
"Almost everywhere is smaller than where we play," head coach Tony Graystone said of the challenges of playing on the road in the Big 12. "That is a big difference. The crowd is almost just a little more on top of you. Then, they get the band in there."
Kansas State holds a 36-10 advantage in the all-time series, including six straight wins. Tech's last win in the series was a four-set decision in Lubbock in 2013.
The Red Raiders and Wildcats are two of five teams tied for fifth in the Big 12 standings at 1-3 in league play. Kansas State, under the direction of veteran head coach Suzie Fritz, most recently dropped a four-set battle at TCU Wednesday night.
Tech is hoping the health of its back row improves Saturday. While Tech got freshman defensive specialist Emerson Solano back in the fold Wednesday, it was without sophomore defensive specialist Kylie Rittimann and continues to push forward without Preseason All-Big 12 libero Reyn Akiu.
Senior Kate Klepetka has been more than solid filling in at libero for Akiu. The graduate transfer, who already holds the career mark for digs at TAMUCC, is second in the Big 12 during league play with an average of 4.69 digs per set. She enters Saturday just nine digs away from 2,000 for her career and ranks third nationally among active players in career digs.
Junior Katy Keenan led a three-headed Red Raider attack Wednesday with 10 kills at a .562 clip. The Argyle, Texas, native has been Tech's most efficient weapon and enters Saturday as one of just four Big 12 players hitting .400 or better in league play. Keenan was joined in double figures by sophomore outsides Emily Hill and Chandler Atwood, who had 10 kills apiece. Junior Missy Owens dished out 33 assists and ranks third in the Big 12 this season at 10.98 assists per set.