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Sam Podraza
Sam Podraza

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

High School:
Scripps Ranch

Height:
6-0

Position:
RS

Experience:
3L


08/29/2013

Red Raider Volleyball Opens 2013 Season in Utah

Texas Tech begins season Friday morning with an 11 a.m. CT first serve against Seattle

07/12/2013

Flora Finalizes 2013 Volleyball Roster

Texas Tech returns 12 letters from its 2012 squad while adding seven newcomers

12/19/2011

Texas Tech Volleyball 2011 Season Review

Red Raiders finish first season under Don Flora with a 15-17 overall record

10/25/2011

Red Raiders Hope to Snap Streak Against Baylor

Texas Tech will try to break a seven-match losing slump at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night

10/22/2011

Kansas Downs Texas Tech After Early Deficit

Jayhawks overcome an early first-set loss to take a 3-1 victory Saturday evening

08/24/2013

Red & Black Scrimmage

Red & Black Scrimmage

09/04/2012

Texas Tech Volleyball vs. Northwestern State

Texas Tech Volleyball vs. Northwestern State

07/30/2012

2012 Volleyball Headshots

2012 Texas Tech Volleyball Headshots

Sam Podraza Photo Gallery

JUNIOR SEASON (2013)
Played a total of 28 sets in 14 matches on the year ... made five starts on the year, one of which that came in Big 12 play on Sept. 25 at Oklahoma ... totaled 15 kills off 60 attempts for a .100 hitting percentage ... added 11 blocks along the net as well ... set a new career high with nine kills Sept. 16 at Incarnate Word ... hit a season-high .412 against Incarnate Word with only two errors off 17 attempts ... also set a new career high with three digs against the Cardinals ... matched her career high with four block assists the following night at Texas State ... marked her most blocks in a match since facing Texas A&M in 2011 during her freshman season ... also made appearances in Big 12 matches against West Virginia (Oct. 5) and Baylor (Nov. 13).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012)
Appeared in eight matches as a sophomore ... came off the bench in 11 sets ... finished with five kills off 18 attempts for an .056 percentage ... totaled three blocks as well ... saw her most action of the year on Oct. 27 against West Virginia where she played in three sets.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2011)
Saw significant playing time in the middle during freshman season ... appeared in 25 matches while making eight starts ... totaled 35 kills while notching 30 blocks as well ... 29 of her blocks came on assists ... fairly accurate on the attack as well, finishing with a .178 hitting percentage ... also had five service aces ... began the year with a season-high eight kills against Grambling State at the TCU Invitational ... also had six kills in Tech's other match against Grambling ... also had a season-high .500 hitting percentage in that match ... saw action in 14 conference matches ... best performance came at Kansas where she had six kills ... took 17 attempts against the Jayhawks, one shy of her season high recorded the next match against Baylor ... posted a season-high four blocks a match earlier against Texas A&M.

CAREER HIGHS (entering 2014 season)
Kills: 9, at Incarnate Word (Sept. 16, 2013)
Total Attacks: 18, vs. Baylor (Oct. 26, 2011)
Hitting Percentage (Min. 5 Kills): .500, vs. Grambling State (Sept. 9, 2011)
Assists: 1, twice, last at Baylor (Oct. 5, 2011)
Service Aces: 2, twice, last vs. Grambling State (Sept. 9, 2011)
Digs: 3, at Incarnate Word (Sept. 16, 2013)
Solo Blocks: 1, at Texas A&M (Nov. 2, 2011)
Block Assists: 4, twice, last at Texas State (Sept. 17, 2013)
Total Blocks: 4, twice, last at Texas State (Sept. 17, 2013)

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for one of the more successful program in California at Scripps Ranch High School ... squad won the CIF Division II title in 2008 and 2010 ... finished senior year as the Division II Player of the Year ... a first-team all-league and All-CIF selection as well ... honored by the San Diego Union Tribune as its Athlete of the Week ... also picked as the school's Athlete of the Month ... also a member of the school's track and field team ... was the league champion in the high jump and finished as the CIF runner-up ... her 4x400m relay team won both the league and CIF crowns.

CLUB
Member of the Epic Volleyball Club ... team combined to go 49-3 in her three stints with the program.

PERSONAL
Born May 2, 1993, to parents Tim and Kathy Podraza ... has three younger siblings, Danny, Zach, and Alexa ... father is a NFL referee while her mother serves as the head track coach at Scripps Ranch High School ... majoring in human development and family studies.

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