The Texas Tech volleyball team is set to host the Oklahoma Sooners at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the United Supermarkets Arena.
After falling to Kansas, 3-1, Tech currently claims a 5-6 record in Big 12 play and 16-9 overall record on the year, according to Tech Athletics. The Sooners bring to Lubbock a 5-6 conference record, creating a three-way tie for fourth place in the Big 12 standings between Tech, OU and Iowa State.
Tech head coach Tony Graystone said the Red Raiders’ upcoming match against the Sooners will be a crucial one for his team.
“Tomorrow is a match we have to get, so we’re going to have a good plan together I think and see if we can get it done,” Graystone said. “It’s not often that you can take a loss (3-1, KU) and still not lose any ground when you’re in a tie with three other teams. We have to find a way to get some more wins. We have three out of our last five (games) at home and this is the best set up we could ask for.”
Playing at home will serve as an advantage for the Red Raiders, Graystone said.
“It’s exactly what we want,” he said. “Being at home has been a good thing for us. We’re late in the season so we want to make sure the crowd is still there for us, and we want to sustain that home environment that we built throughout the year. We’re going to bring our best game, and I think it’s going to be a good outcome for us.”
A Red Raider to watch for during Wednesday’s battle with Oklahoma is senior setter Missy Owens. The transfer from Long Beach State currently claims a Big 12 best 11.2 assists per set during conference games, according to Tech Athletics. Owens said playing at home will hopefully help Tech win the match.
“We’re 7-1 at home,” Owens said. “I think we have a big advantage. It’s just a great atmosphere to play at home because we’re all comfortable there. It’s going to be a great advantage for us I think.”
Wednesday’s contest marks the team’s Celebrate Service night in the United Supermarkets Arena with first serve slated for 6 p.m. The game will be streamed on FOX Sports Southwest Plus, and fans can follow the team on Twitter @TexasTechVB for more information.