Wildcats Host Texas Tech on FSN

Tristan McCarty

Nov. 2, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns home to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the Wildcats set on ending their current losing streak. The Wildcats swept the Raiders in their previous meeting in Lubbock this season and are hoping for a similar result this time on Fox Sports as the match will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Kansas City and on Fox College Sports.

One team will end a long losing streak on Wednesday as the Wildcats have lost eight straight matches and Tech has dropped seven straight. Tech dropped a heartbreaker at home to Colorado on October 13 in five sets that saw the fifth set take 26 extra points to be decided with the Buffaloes claiming the fifth 28-26. The Raiders have been swept in all other six matches of their losing streak.

When the two teams met in Lubbock earlier this season, the Wildcats got the best of Tech winning in three sets 25-17, 25-19, 25-23. Senior JuliAnne Chisholm had her best match of the season pounding out 19 kills and hitting .286 to got with six digs. Middle blocker Alex Muff had eight kills and no errors to hit .667 and had an impressive seven block assists. The Wildcats combined to hit .296 in the win.

Wednesday will be Alex Muff Community Night with discounted tickets available to all fans from Concordia who purchase their tickets in advance online at kstatesports.com. For details and to get the promotion code please contact the K-State Ticket Office at 800-221-2287.

On The Tube
Wednesday’s match will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Kansas City and Fox College Sports with Brian Smoller calling the action assisted by Liz Wegner-Busch with color commentary.

On The Airwaves
Wednesday’s match can be heard on KMAN 1350 with Rob Voelker calling the action. The match will also be available through 1350kman.com with live audio streaming.

Live stats will be available through kstatesports.com for fans wanting to track the action live on the web. Live audio of KMAN’s broadcast will also be provided through kstatesports.com.

The Series
Kansas State holds a 25-8 record all-time against Texas Tech and is 23-6 in the Big 12 Conference era. Suzie Fritz is 17-2 against the Red Raiders with her only losses coming in 2001 and 2004. The Wildcats have won the last 11 matches against Tech, the longest streak in the series. Texas Tech has never swept K-State in a three-set match. The Raiders’ only sweep of K-State came in 1983 with a 17-15, 15-6 win.

The Coaches
Kansas State: Suzie Fritz (Florida Atlantic ’94) is in her 10th year as head coach of the Wildcats she is the winningest coach in the program’s history in terms of wins (192) and is not far off of the best winning percentage in school history as well at .632.

Texas Tech: Beth Falls (SMU ‘05) was named interim head coach on October 25 following the resignation of Trish Knight. Falls has been on staff since 2006 serving as an assistant coach under Knight and previous coach Nancy Todd.

Scouting the Red Raiders
Texas Tech ended a 64-match losing streak in conference play this season with a 3-2 win over Kansas 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-7. The losing streak dated back to the 2007 season when the Red Raiders won their conference opener. Tech then went winless the rest of the way and throughout conference play in 2008 and 2009.

Leading the Red Raiders to that elusive conference win was Amanda Dowdy as she posted a double-double by the end of the second set. She eventually finished the match with 25 kills and 15 digs. But this was not her only strong performance on the year as she has been Tech’s go-to player all year.

Dowdy broke the school record at Tech for kills in a five -set match with an impressive 37 in a five-set loss to Colorado. The final set went an extra 26 points as neither team would give way before Colorado got the win 24-26, 20-25, 25-15, 26-24, 28-26. The previous school record at Tech was 35 held by Kelly Johnson set against K-State in 2002 in a tightly contested win for the Wildcats.

The Red Raiders program recently saw head coach Trish Knight resign on October 25 effective immediately with nine matches remaining in the season at the time. Assistant coach Beth Falls has taken over the team on an interim basis after serving on the staff since the 2006 season.