TTU System Athletics Advance to Postseason Competition
January 17, 2018 | Texas Tech and Angelo State Athletics
The fall semester provided numerous highlights from TTU System athletics programs, including a pair of bowl games, Texas Tech volleyball reaching the postseason for the first time since 2001 and Angelo State volleyball and soccer advancing to the NCAA postseason while the Rambelles captured ASU’s third all-time regular season soccer Lone Star Conference championship.
Texas Tech football finished its regular season with a dramatic come-from-behind victory at Texas, giving the Red Raiders back-to-back wins over the Longhorns in Austin for the first time in school history. The win also guaranteed the Red Raiders of their 38th all-time bowl appearance, a total that ranks 19th nationally. Texas Tech completed its 2017 campaign with a 38-34 loss against No. 23 South Florida at the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Red Raider volleyball team has experienced a memorable campaign with the program’s first postseason appearance since 2001 as they were selected to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). Texas Tech finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time in 16 years. As of Dec. 1, the Red Raiders posted back-to-back three-set sweeps in the NIVC over SMU and Texas State.
The Rams made their first bowl game appearance since 1972 and participated in the postseason for the first time since 2014 with a trip to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas against the Washburn Ichabods. The Rams suffered a 41-25 loss to Washburn to wrap up their 2017 campaign with a 6-5 overall record.
The ASU soccer program advanced to the NCAA South Central Regional where they were defeated 1-0 by West Texas A&M in the first round. The Rambelles posted a 13-5-1 overall record.
The Belles volleyball team made its seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament and earned the No. 5 seed of the South Central Regional following a third-place finish in the Lone Star Conference standings with a 21-10 overall record.