The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.10.16

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Texas Tech Volleyball

I wanted to update myself (and everyone else) as to where both the volleyball and soccer teams sit in the Big 12 standings. The volleyball team is 15-6 (4-3) and tied for 3rd in the Big 12 with Baylor. I know that they lost their home match to Kansas, but Kansas is the best team in the Big 12, maybe one of the best in the country so there’s no shame to losing to the Jayhawks in straight sets. Seriously, Kansas has been good at volleyball for a handful of years. The Red Raiders have 9 matches remaining, doing the round-robin Big 12 schedule. Their next match is this weekend in Austin against Texas, then on the road again against West Virginia and then at home against TCU the last weekend of October. And of course, they have 6 more matches after that and will end the conference portion of their schedule right before Thanksgiving.

Texas Tech Soccer

The soccer team is 12-3-1 (4-2-1) for the year, good for 4th place in the Big 12, with two matches remaining, at TCU on Friday and at #20 Texas on October 25th at home, the last conference match of the year. Then the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City towards the end of October and beginning of November.

Texas Tech Tennis

Texas Tech Basketball

I love Brandone Francis. He’s not afraid of the moment and he’s got attitude and every team needs a guy with a little attitude. And I don’t mean that in a negative way, but in the absolute best possible way. Chris Beard has said (it’s even in the video) about how tough he’s been on Brandone, but it’s made him a better player. So ready to start the season.

My head has been spinning in regards to the federal trial of fraud with the Adidas executives and Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel and 10 things to know about the federal college hoops corruption trial. The trial is still ongoing, but it’s heading into the final stretch.

Texas Tech Football

Congrats to Dominic Panazzolo! He was my Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game and now the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. Wonder what’s the bigger honor?

Next week, the Red Raiders have Iowa State at 11:00 a.m., which I think we’ve all somewhat agreed is maybe good news. No one wants to go to Jack Trice at night. They’ll be an incredibly tough out regardless.

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about how despite the injuries, Texas Tech has still had quarterback success.

The former Mansfield Lake Ridge standout could see his name penciled in once again as McLane Carter (high ankle sprain) appeared to re-aggravate his injury while Alan Bowman (partially collapsed lung) is expected to continue his rehabilitation until he’s deemed 100-percent healthy by the medial staff.

“We’re going to get some things figured out over the next couple of days and hope to have all three ready,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday during the Big 12 coaches media teleconference. “But I’m not sure as of today.”

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