Tech Volleyball Travels To Edinburg For UTPA Tournament|
Sept. 4, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Tech volleyball team will travel to Edinburg, Texas, for the UTPA Tournament this weekend, where they will face Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, Texas-Pan American and Lamar. The Red Raiders will face TAMU-CC on Friday, Sept. 5, at 2:30 p.m., before facing Texas-Pan American later that evening, at 7 p.m. On Sept. 6, Tech will face Lamar at 11 a.m.
The Red Raiders hold the all-time series lead against all three opponents they will face this weekend. They have never lost to either Texas A&M-CC (2-0) or UTPA (6-0), and hold a 15-14 all-time lead over Lamar.
WHO'S GOT NEXT?
The Red Raiders will host their first of two 2014 non-conference tournaments at the United Supermarkets Arena next weekend, Sept. 11-13, as Incarnate Word, Gardner Webb and Texas State visit Lubbock for the Texas Tech Invitational. Tech's home opener is Sept. 11, against Incarnate Word, at 6 p.m.
Texas Tech will look to continue its dominance over non-conference foes this weekend as the Red Raiders are a combined 35-16 against out-of-league opponents under third-year head coach Don Flora. Tech went 14-2 against non-conference opponents in Flora's first season before turning in an 11-5 mark in 2012, going 7-9 a year ago and 3-0 so far in 2014. During that span, Tech has gone 9-2 when hosting non-conference action at the United Spirit Arena, and 16-5 when playing at a neutral site. Both of the home non-conference losses under Flora came during the injury-riddled 2013 season.
RED RAIDERS, EXTRA SEASONING
In 2014, The Red Raiders return 14 letterwinners from the injury-riddled 2013 season, 12 of those being upperclassmen, creating arguably the most experienced roster Flora has had at Tech. They aren't just
experienced, they're talented. Rachel Brummitt and Bree David both played for the U.S. collegiate national team this summer, gaining valuable experience and leadership intangibles. Mixed with a talented crop of incoming freshmen, Tech will eye its first winning season since 2001, in 2014.
When the Red Raiders amassed more kills than their opponent, it usually meant a win. Tech was 9-2 in such games in 2013, 3-0 in 2014 and is 33-4 in such games under Flora. Despite battling through injuries for a good portion of 2013, Bree David totaled 282 kills, good for second-most on the team, but her eye-popping 3.4 kills per set was the best mark on the team. David was also accurate with her kills, finishing with a hitting percentage of .213, second-best on the team. Jenna Allen, who will be a junior in 2014, also didn't play in as many games as she would like, but she was on David's heels, amassing 182 kills in 56 sets, good enough for 3.25 kills/set.
THE DENVER CITY HAMMER
Not shy from coining nicknames, Texas Tech head coach Don Flora has long referred to senior outside hitter Breeann David as the "Denver City Hammer." Named for both her hometown of nearby Denver City, Texas, as well as her hard-hitting ability, David enters her senior year as arguably Tech's most important offensive weapon, after she led the team with a 3.4 kills per set average a year ago. David is fourth on the all-time Big 12 active list in both kills (757) and attacks (2,076). Her father, Stan David, was a standout football player for the Red Raiders and eventual 1984 NFL Draft selection by the Buffalo Bills. Her mother, Megan David (formerly McGuire), also starred on the volleyball team while at Tech where she still ranks in the top 10 in most career blocking categories. Her younger brother, Clancy David, was once a walk-on on the Tech football team.
Red Raider seniors Rachel Brummitt and Breeann David each played for the U.S. collegiate national volleyball team in the summer of 2014. David was invited to compete in the European Tour that ran July 8-19 with visits to Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, and Brummitt competed in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships held June 22-July 1 in Minneapolis, Minn. Both players previously traveled to the U.S. Olympic Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. for Team USA tryouts in February. They were two of 248 athletes to compete in the tryouts that were for both the U.S. Women's National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Team.
IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM
Through one weekend of play, Texas Tech is in the Big 12's top three in six of the seven major statistical categories (opponent hitting percentage). The Red Raiders lead the Big 12 in blocks per set (3.36), kills per set (14.64) and service aces per set (2.09). Tech ranks second in the conference in assists per set (13.36) and digs (16.36), and has the Big 12's No. 3 spot in hitting percentage (.284).
Texas Tech redshirt sophomore Lauren Douglass has been named the Big 12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Sept. 1. Douglass was named MVP of the Titan Classic in her debut as a Red Raider and first weekend of NCAA competition, leading Tech to the tournament title. She recorded double-digit kills in each of the three matches, ranking sixth in the Big 12 with 35 overall kills, but second in the Conference in hitting percentage, at an impressive .544. She also averaged 1.64 blocks in TTU's opening weekend. She recorded double-digit kills in each of the Red Raiders' wins, hitting over .600 in two of the matches. Douglass becomes the first Red Raider to win the award since its inception, in 2007. The Red Raiders claimed 11 Player of the Week honors from 1996-2006.
CAN'T TOUCH THIS
Texas Tech hit for a high percentage and had a high amount of kills at the Titan Classic, so it's safe to assume the Red Raiders were difficult to block. They were. Tech leads the Big 12 in blocks allowed, allowing only 11 over their first three games, averaging out to one per set.
Bree David was an absolute force on the outside at the Titan Classic for Texas Tech. Her 21 kills and 56 attempts against Bucknell are both conference highs for a single match this season. Her 3.29 kills per set ranks eighth in the Big 12.
DISHING IT OUT
Junior setter Emily Ruetter, in just two years, has become one of Tech's most prolific setters in school history. She just fell short of entering Tech's all-time top-10 for single-season assists, but she ranks ninth career-wise in school history, with 2,199 assists, and is second on the Big 12's all-time active list, just six shy of being the leader. Even with the intense competition Tech has at setter in 2014, Ruetter will still find herself climbing the all-time lists.
PRESEASON FRESHMAN PHENOM--TAKE 2
Texas Tech's Victoria Hinneburg was named the Big 12 Preseason Co-Freshman of the Year prior to the 2013 season, marking the first time a Red Raider had ever garnered the award. However, she was sidelined with an injury and redshirted for the 2013 campaign. Hinneburg, a native of Leipzig, Germany, was just the third Red Raider to earn a conference preseason award, joining Colleen Smith (1999) and Justine Young (2010) who were both named the league's Newcomer of the Year. Hinneburg, at an intimidating 6-4, is another one of the pieces that was missing in 2013, which returns in 2014.
BIG 12 STAYING ON TOP
The Big 12 will once again be one of the toughest volleyball conferences nationally this season as the league is boosted by preseason favorite and third-ranked Texas, while No. 24 Oklahoma is also ranked in the top-25 of the AVCA week one poll. Both Kansas and Iowa State received votes in the poll as well. The Big 12 has earned four or more bids to the NCAA Tournament in each season of the conference's existence.
Texas Tech welcomes five talented freshmen to its roster this fall, in Ashley Morgan, Alyssa Ybanez, Alexis Bell, Audrey Fragniere and Taylor Haskins. This group brings a slew of All-State and All-Conference honors, standout performances at the club level and national team appearances, making this incoming class one of the most talented in Don Flora's tenure at Texas Tech.
2014 Texas Tech Volleyball Newcomers
Name POS YEAR Hometown
Ashley Morgan DS/LIB FR Plano, Texas
Alyssa Ybanez OH FR Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Alexis Bell OH FR Austin, Texas
Audrey Fragniere OH/RS FR Neuchatel, Switzerland
Taylor Haskins OH FR Kennesaw, Ga.
Tech's coaching staff has done a great job of maintaining a foothold in Texas while expanding its reach to other regions of the country, but with the addition of Audrey Fragniere in 2014, Texas Tech now also has three players from foreign countries on the roster. Fragniere (Switzerland) joins Victoria Hinneburg (Germany) and Emily Ruetter (Canada) as international players donning the scarlet and black in 2014.
CAN YOU DIG IT?
In only one season, Rachel Brummitt went from a relatively unknown transfer to a school record holder and one of the top liberos in the Big 12. She only got better in 2013. She broke her own single-season record (604) and single-game record (36) for digs in 2013. She was tabbed as an AVCA honorable mention All-American for her exploits, and both her and Bree David played for the collegiate national team over the summer. She only needs 411 digs, a mark she has eclipsed in both seasons at Tech, to become the school's all-time leader.
TTU ALL-TIME DIGS LEADERS
1. Lisa Hilgers (1995-98) 1,583
2. Ann Romjue (1999-02) 1,520
3. Cristine Martin (1993-97) 1,323
4. Melissa McGehee (1999-02) 1,270
5. Jenn Goehry (2006-09) 1,229
6. Skydra Orzen (1998-01) 1,221
7. Rachel Brummitt (2012-Pres.) 1,173
9. Sheila Soloman (1987-90) 1,139
10. Sabrina Zenon (1988-91) 1,131