LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball will host No. 24 Baylor in the annual “Dig Pink” match, which is aimed at aiding the fight against breast cancer, on Wednesday, Oct. 25. First serve from United Supermarkets Arena is slated for 6 p.m. on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.
All fans who wear pink will receive complimentary admission to the match.
Wednesday will be the 82nd meeting between the Red Raiders (13-8, 2-6) and Bears (16-5, 6-2) with Texas Tech holding a 49-32 lead in the all-time series. Baylor, however, has won six in a row dating back to 2014, including a 3-1 win in Waco in what was the first Big 12 match of the season for both squads.
The contest will be Tech’s third straight match against a ranked opponent. Tech hosted No. 3 Texas last Wednesday before heading north to battle No. 11 Kansas Saturday, dropping both matches in three sets.
Midway through the Big 12 season, Texas Tech currently sits in a three-way tie for sixth place with Kansas State and Oklahoma, both of whom will travel to Lubbock during the second half of league play. Baylor is currently third in the conference standings with their only two losses coming against the Longhorns and Jayhawks.
The Red Raiders are 6-2 at home this season, including wins over West Virginia and TCU. Tech’s last home match against No. 3 Texas saw a crowd of 1,614 in attendance, Tech’s largest home audience since 2002 and fourth-largest to ever watch volleyball at United Supermarkets Arena.
Baylor boasts a high-powered offense ranked No. 26 in the country in kills per set at 14.4, good for second in the Big 12. Senior Katie Staiger is positioned in the top five nationally in nearly every offensive category. Twice named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week this season, she ranks third nationally in total kills and fourth in kills per set.
The Red Raiders look to counter with junior Katy Keenan, who is hitting .373 on the year, which ranks third in the Big 12. The Argyle, Texas, native is on pace to challenge Lauren Douglass’s single-season school record clip of .377 set in 2015. Keenan has hit .364 or better in six of Tech’s eight Big 12 contests, leading a unit that is hitting .204 in Big 12 play, up from the .152 Big 12 clip it posted in 2016.
Tech was without Preseason All-Big 12 libero Reyn Akiu the first time the two teams met as Baylor hit .353 as a team for their best clip in the first half of Big 12 play. Tech however, also had its offense in rhythm as it posted a .250 clip, the highest Baylor has surrendered in league play outside of Texas and Kansas. Staiger led the Bears with 20 kills on .415 hitting, while sophomores Emily Hill and Chandler Atwood posted 12 kills each for Tech, and Keenan earned six on .417 hitting. The Red Raiders matched the bears at the net as both sides finished with 10, but the Bears held a 6-2 advantage in service aces to claim the match, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16.
Tickets for Wednesday’s contest are available online here, by calling the Texas Tech ticket office at 806-742-TECH, or at the door one hour prior to first serve. A reminder that Texas Tech’s Clear Bag Policy is in effect for all home events during the 2017-18 school year.
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• Tech is one win from matching its highest Big 12 win total since 2006.
• The Red Raiders are looking for their first win over a ranked team since 2012 against No. 20 Kansas State. Tech has lost 18 straight against ranked teams since then.
• Tech is 11-2 when hitting .200 or better and 13-1 when holding foes under .250.
• As a team, Tech is third in the Big 12 this season in kills per set at 13.78 and assists per set at 12.90.
• Senior Kate Klepetka ranks second in Big 12 play with 4.65 digs per set.
• The Red Raiders are 1-2 in five set matches for the year.