Tennis Moves to 6-0. The men’s tennis team took care of business and has moved to 6-0 on the year beating Arizona and New Mexico yesterday afternoon. Here’s head coach Brett Masi:
“To finish 6-0 through our first six matches in three days is a great accomplishment,” first-year Texas Tech head men’s tennis coach Brett Masi said. “It also says a lot about our team depth. In each of the matches, we made it easy on ourselves by building leads and we didn’t have any super long matches. We had a good sense of urgency in every match and we did a lot of things well.”
Lady Raiders Basketball
Dean Has 4th Newcome of the Year. Freshman guard Japreece Dean was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week, the fourth time she has received the award this year:
Dean averaged 11.0 points, 5.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds from her point guard position in Texas Tech’s loss to TCU and overtime win over Iowa State.
She went 5-6 from the free throw line last week, including sinking two shots against ISU with 3.7 seconds left in OT to give the Lady Raiders a 69-66 lead that ended up as the final score. Dean totaled 10 points and six assists in the game with just one turnover.
Focused Again. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that the Lady Raiders are refocused after their win against Iowa State:
Texas Tech hadn’t won since Dec. 20 and had blown a double-digit lead to TCU on Dec. 30.
And while, the Lady Raiders let an 11-point lead disappear against Iowa State, they didn’t fold and came up with two big defensive stops — once in regulation and once in overtime — with less than 30 seconds to play.
“For the most part — except for the (last-second 3-point attempt), they had quite a bit of time to isolate and multiple dribble,” Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker said. “It was more time for us to foul or make a mistake, so I felt like our intensity rose. …I felt like they were really locked in and were going to do whatever it took to secure the win.”
It’s a Big Weekend. This weekend is a huge recruiting weekend because pretty much the entire 2016 class will be there as well as some 2017 commits, including Jack Anders, and RRS’s Drew Kohnle writes that Anderson will try to bring some friends:
“I’ve been talking to Dawson Deaton, he is one of my friends, and I am real close with him. I talk to Will Farrar and Grayson Reed on the OL, those guys are big. I talk to Terrel Bernard and he is good. I also talk to Adam Beck, we talk a lot and he is a guy that we really want.”
Exceeding Expectations. DMN’s Mike DuPont has five players that exceeded expectations this year and we’ll pick safety Jah’Shawn Johnson:
The redshirt freshman didn’t lead Texas Tech’s defense in tackles, sacks or interceptions, but his knack for making plays on the football was unparalleled. Johnson earned an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for his motor and fearlessness to make plays at the line of scrimmage as a defensive back. Despite the Red Raiders’ deficiencies on defense, Johnson was one of the rising stars alongside freshman defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko. Johnson is listed at 176 pounds so another offseason of weight training will allow him to continue laying those hits that occasionally got him ejected.
Miscellaneous. I have this section before the Twitter stuff for no reason other than just because j. . . the DMN ranks the coaches in Texas and has Kliff Kingsbury as the 4th best coach in the state . . .
Recruiting Stuff. Here are your Twitter updates
Houston Miller (along with new running back coach Jabbar Juluke):
— Houston Miller (@HoustonMiller88) January 19, 2016
Looking forward to my official visit with all the Texas Tech boys this weekend 🔴⚫️ 🔫 up!
— Brayden Stringer (@braydenk0328) January 19, 2016
Really looking to my OV to Tech this weekend 👀✊🏽
— des. (@des_smith24) January 19, 2016
Official Visit to Lubbock this weekend!!! Can't wait to be back in Texas ⚫️🔴🔫'🆙 #gungang
— Zach Adams (@Zach_Adams65) January 18, 2016
— bailey (@baileysmith25) January 18, 2016