The Texas Tech volleyball team will look to end a five-game losing streak when the Red Raiders host TCU at 1 p.m. Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena.
Tech (14-9, 3-7 in the Big 12) has lost seven of its last eight games, falling to a tie for sixth in the conference standings. During the tough stretch, the Red Raiders lost twice apiece to nationally ranked Texas and Baylor. The 11th-ranked Bears beat Tech 25-17, 25-20, 16-25, 25-23 Wednesday in Lubbock.
TCU (11-10, 6-5) defeated Tech in four sets in the conference opening round on Oct. 8 in Fort Worth.
Tech leaders are Kenna Sauer with 332, Reagan Cooper with 216 and Brooke Kanas with 180. Other category leaders include Reese Rhodes with 767 assists, Maddie Correa with 282 digs and Karrington Jones and Kanas with 82 blocks each.
Wayland Baptist will try to play the spoilers when the Pioneers visit University of Arizona Athletic Conference contender Sooner from Ottawa for a game at 8 p.m. CDT Saturday in Surprise, Arizona.
Wayland (2-6, 2-5) has lost four straight and all three road games this season. Ottawa’s No. 22 (5-2, 5-2) is undefeated in three home games this season. Texas Wesleyan (7-2, 6-2) leads the SAC by half a game over Ottawa, Arizona Christian (6-2, 5-2) and Langston (6-2, 5-2).
Wayland is coming off a 30-0 loss at home last week to the Southwestern Assemblies of God, the fourth straight game the Pioneers have lost by at least 20 points.
Willie Phillips and Jacoby Hunt lead Wayland on the ground with 258 and 243 yards, respectively. Kamron Williams caught 18 passes for team highs of 348 yards and four touchdowns.
The Pioneers’ defensive leaders include linebacker Casey Buck (56 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3 1/2 sacks), linebacker Andrew Villa (42 tackles, five TFLs, three sacks) and defensive lineman Gabriel Tito (39 tackles, 10 TFL, five sacks).
Cross Country LCU
Teams from Lubbock Christian University will compete in the Lone Star Conference Championships on Saturday at the River Creek Golf Course in Wichita Falls.
The men must run the 8 kilometer course starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the women’s 6 kilometer at 10:30 a.m.
SPC Women’s Basketball
LEVELLAND — Celia Sumbane had 15 points and nine rebounds and three teammates joined her in a double-digit tally as No. 8 South Plains College opened the season Thursday night with a 95-49 home win over Coastal Bend Middle School.
Dabria Blackwell, a freshman for the state championship team at Brownfield, scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Lady Texans got 12 points from Matilda Soderlund, 10 from Jennifer Silva and nine from Sundown product McKenzie Lee.
South Plains hosts Dodge City (Kan.) Community College at 2 p.m. Saturday and Blinn College at 5 p.m. Monday.
Technical women’s tennis
SAN DIEGO — The Temple doubles team of Maiko Uchijima and Jamie Wei defeated Texas Tech’s Metka Komac and Cristina Tiglea 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(2) in the Round of 16 at the Fall Nationals of the ITA.
Komac and Tiglea won in the round of 16, defeating Californians Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8).
Komac, a junior from Slovenia, and Tiglea, a sophomore from Italy, were the first Tech women’s doubles team to compete in the ITA Fall Nationals since 2017. They won a global bid after finishing second at the ITA Regionals in Texas.