Red Raiders Host West Virginia in Big 12 Conference Opener
LUBBOCK, Texas – After a strong 4-0 week at home, the Texas Tech volleyball team rides into Big 12 Conference play on a six-match winning streak and is set to host the West Virginia Mountaineers for a 6 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at United Supermarkets Arena.
Live stats, as well as a broadcast on ESPNU, will be available for the match. For additional in-game updates, follow @TexasTechVB on Twitter.
RED RAIDER QUICK HITS
- Head coach Tony Graystone is four wins away from the 500th victory of his coaching career.
- After their performances at the Red Raider Classic, Katy Northcut and Emerson Solano were honored on the Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team while senior Emily Hill was named the Red Raider Classic Most Valuable Player.
- Senior Emily Hill continues to rank among the nation's top players as she sits second among all Division I student-athletes with 257 kills and 287.0 points. Additionally, Hill stands 12th overall with 4.85 kills per set and 5.42 points per set.
- Stepping into a major role for the Red Raiders, sophomore setter Tatum Rohme ranks 21st in the nation with 11.00 assists per set. Her 429 assists on the year stand 63rd among all Division I student-athletes, as well as fifth in the Big 12 Conference.
- Helping Tech to a perfect 4-0 at week at United Supermarkets Arena, junior Emerson Solano earned Red Raider Classic All-Tournament honors after she served as an integral piece to the Red Raider's success. Solano led the Big 12 Conference with a total of 49 digs on the week. Thanks to her leadership, Tech held their opponents to a mere .103 hitting percentage - a mark that proved to be the best in the league. Averaging 3.43 digs per set, she collected a team-leading eight digs and one ace against ACU to start the Red Raiders week. On Friday, Solano returned to the floor and paced Tech with 17 digs against Houston – she also collected four assists and one service ace against the Cougars. The junior tallied 12 digs, one ace and two assists against UIW before she closed out the tournament with a team-leading 12-dig performance against UTEP. Currently, Solano sits third in the league with 198 digs this season.
- Nationally, the Red Raiders rank fourth in the nation with 733 kills, fifth with 675 team assists, 12th with 132.0 total blocks, 21st with 1,894 total attacks, 26th with 13.83 kills per set and 30th with 12.74 assists per set.
- Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 Red Raider Classic, Emily Hill dominated the competition through four matches this week at United Supermarkets Arena. For the third time this season, Hill paced the Big 12 Conference in kills – this time racking up 57 (4.07 per set) through 14 sets. The senior posted a league-high 64.0 points over the course of the week. Hill began the week with an 11-kill eight-dig performance in Tech's 3-0 victory over Abilene Christian. Then, against Houston on Friday, she led all players in the match with 18 kills. She collected a team-high 15 digs to go along with one assist against the Cougars. She led the match again the next day after she racked up 17 kills against Incarnate Word. She produced three solo blocks, as well as one block assist, against the Cardinals. Finishing the week on a high note, Hill posted another double-digit kill performance with 12 total kills against the UTEP Miners. Hill collected one solo block and one block assist and finished the match with 13.5 total points.
- Emily Hill started her senior year with a bang and earned the Big 12 Conference's first Offensive Player of the Week award of 2019. The weekly nod was the first of her career and the first weekly offensive award since Lauren Douglass was dubbed the league's Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 1, 2014.
- Meeting just 16 times since 1985, Texas Tech and West Virginia head into Wednesday's match tied with an even 8-8 series history. The Red Raiders won the inaugural meeting, 3-0, on Sept. 13, 1985, and went on to win the next three matchups. West Virginia won the next four contests and the teams traded pairs of wins over the next two seasons. Both teams won and lost one match over the last two seasons.
- Two Red Raiders celebrated birthdays in the month of September. Emily Hill turned 22 years old on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and sophomore Alex Kirby turned 20 on Sunday, Sept. 22.
- You're not just seeing things. Freshmen Lauren Dodson and Lindsey Dodson are one of the few pairs of sisters to grace the Texas Tech volleyball program. The Dodsons are the first set of twins that head coach Tony Graystone has ever coached in his now 21 years of coaching.
- Three Red Raiders – Emily Hill, Allison White and Emerson Solano – have started all 14 matches for Tech this season.
- After a stellar outing at the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts, sophomore Brooke Kanas became the fourth Red Raider in program history to earn a spot on the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team. She spent June 23-29 training with the nation's domestic program in Anaheim, Calif. She is the youngest Red Raider to have spent a summer training with the U.S. Collegiate National Team.
- The Texas Tech volleyball team was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as an Academic Honor Roll Team after the squad posted a top-25 cumulative grade point average among all Division I institutions for the 2018-19 academic year. The prestigious honor was achieved thanks to a historic year in the classroom. In the fall, Tech placed a program-record 10 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Teams – nine first-team selections and one second-team nod. The Red Raiders also paced the Big 12 for the second straight year as four student-athletes recorded 4.00 grade point averages.
- A major part of the Texas Tech defense, junior Emerson Solano continues to rock the court after starting all 30 matches as Texas Tech's libero in 2018. Her 442 digs on the year ranked No. 10 in the school record book for digs per season and she ranked second in the Big 12 with 4.06 digs per set as a sophomore. Just two digs away from 200 this year, Solano has racked up 198 digs as a junior, started every match at libero during the 2019 season and is averaging 3.96 digs per set.
- Tech's match against West Virginia is one of the Red Raiders' two contests to show on ESPNU this season. The Red Raiders' other match to broadcast on ESPNU will be Tech's in-state showdown against Texas on Oct. 30.
First serve against the Mountaineers is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday at United Supermarkets Arena. Live stats, as well as a showing up ESPNU, will be available for the match. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech volleyball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechVB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.