LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball will host Iowa State Friday looking to extend its winning streak to eight games and start 3-0 in Big 12 play for the second time in program history. First serve from United Supermarkets Arena is set for 6 p.m. CT.
The Red Raiders (13-3, 2-0) are 2-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2000. In year three under head coach Tony Graystone, they've won seven straight matches and 17 of their last 21 overall dating back to last season.
Friday will be Tech's second in a stretch of three straight home matches. Tech took care of West Virginia last Saturday, 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-16), to improve to 4-0 at home this season. Tech hit .336 against the Mountaineers for its highest hitting percentage in a Big 12 match since 2002.
"You can see the interest picking up," Graystone said of the buzz around the program. "The crowd is getting bigger and you can tell everyone is paying attention. You see what we're doing on social media. It starts to snowball. I think we are just right there ready for it. This is about to get really fun for us."
Iowa State (8-7, 1-1), who also had a bye day on Wednesday, will be looking to rebound after a five-set loss to No. 19 Baylor on Saturday. The Cyclones will be led by All-Big 12 Preseason Team selections Hali Hillegas (libero), Jess Schaben (outside hitter) and Grace Lazard (middle blocker).
"They're a good team," Graystone said of the Cyclones. "A lot of returning players and really good outside hitters. They're long, they're physical and they're really well coached. Their ball control is as good as it gets in our conference. They're a solid group."
Tech has received a boost from freshman right side/outside hitter Brooke Kanas, who put down 31 kills to lead the Red Raiders in their opening week of Big 12 play and garner Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors.
Tech will be looking to reverse their luck against the Cyclones, who have won each of the last 23 meetings. Tech trails the all-time series, 20-27, with its last win coming in 2006. The Red Raiders have pushed Iowa State to five sets in three of the last four matchups in Lubbock.
The match will stream on TexasTech.TV with Geoff Haxton on the call. Live stats are available through SidearmStats. As always, be sure to follow @TexasTechVB on social media for updates and check back with www.TexasTech.com for a postgame recap.
Tech closes its three-match home stand Wednesday, Oct. 3, against Kansas State (10-4, 0-3). It will be Greek Night at United Supermarkets Arena with first serve at 6 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.