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MATCH NOTES NOTABLES u Texas Tech’s 2-1 start to its season was the school’s best since 2008 when the Red Raiders went a perfect 3-0 at the North Texas Tournament. u The Red Raiders played in front of 1,706 fans during the season opener at TCU, which was the school’s second-largest crowd in program history. u Texas Tech had not previously had three players with double-digit kills over the first two matches of a season since 2007. Amanda Dowdy, Miara Cave, and Breeann David all did so with the Red Raiders as the trio accounted for over 80 percent of Tech’s kills against TCU and UConn. u Prior to last weekend, Texas Tech had not won two-consecutive matches by a 3-0 sweep since defeating Texas State and Texas-Pan American in a doubleheder on Sept. 2, 2006. u Texas Tech had not won two-consecutive matches since the Red Raiders began the 2008 season with three-straight wins. u Aubree Piper set a new career high against TCU with seven block assists in the match, surpassing her previous high of five set against Kansas on Oct. 5, 2010. u Texas Tech’s match against UConn marked its first against a Big East opponent since falling to Syracuse on Sept. 8, 2007. u Amanda Dowdy’s streak of 27-straight matches where she led the team in kills was snapped against Grambling State when Sam Podraza and Mikia Mills recorded eight kills each to pace the Red Raiders. Dowdy was pulled from the match following the first set against the Tigers. LOOKING AHEAD The Red Raiders return to the road next week for the start of an eight-match roadtrip, beginning Tuesday evening at Texas-Pan American. Tech will face the Broncs at 6 p.m. in the UTPA Fieldhouse. DOWDY, CAVE MAKE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Texas Tech senior Amanda Dowdy and junior Miara Cave were both named to the TCU Invitational AllTournament team after leading the Red Raiders to a second-place showing last weekend. MORE BALANCE, BETTER RESULTS If there was one consistent variable in Tech’s opening weekend, it would be that the Red Raiders have more balance on offense. The trio of Amanda Dowdy, Miara Cave, and Breeann David all had at least 10 kills each in both of the first two matches. In the process, Tech’s hitting percentage rose to a .256 average over three matches, including a .388 mark against UConn, the Red Raiders’ highest attacking percentage since defeating South Florida in three sets on Sept. 9, 2006.

DAVID JOINS ELITE COMPANY Since the Red Raiders joined the Big 12 in 1996, no Tech freshman has begun her career with doubledigit kill figures in back-to-back matches. That is until Breeann David. The Denver City product finished with 11 kills against TCU and followed with 14 the following day against UConn. David finished with a .500 hitting percentage against UConn as she was 14-for-24 on the attack en route to posting Tech’s highest individual hitting percentage since Barbara Conceicao recorded a .526 average on Sept. 11, 2009 against Gonzaga. CAVE ACCURATE ON THE ATTACK After a spring and fall filled with high expectations, Miara Cave lived up to them through one weekend as the junior was third on the team in kills while posting a team-high .453 hitting percentage in the process. Cave finished with 30 kills on the weekend as she tied her career high with 15 kills against TCU. FRESHMAN GET VALUABLE TIME IN FORT WORTH One thing Don Flora wanted to see while at TCU was how his young team of mainly freshmen and sophomores would respond in a competitive atmosphere. After Tech easily defeated Grambling State in the opening set, Flora went with a lineup to start the second frame that consisted of all freshmen. Tory Vaughan was the only Red Raider junior or senior to see action over the match’s final two sets. VAUGHAN MATCHES CAREER HIGH Tory Vaughan made a successful return to the libero position at TCU as the junior matched her career high of 13 digs against both the host Horned Frogs and UConn. Vaughan played sparingly in the finale against Grambling State as the Red Raiders went with a younger lineup over the match’s final two sets. DOWDY NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 Senior Amanda Dowdy was recognized prior to the season as Tech’s only selection on the Preseason All-Big 12 team. Dowdy was among the top offensive players in the conference a year ago en route to be selected to the All-Big 12 first team following the season. This marks the second-straight season Dowdy has been honored on the preseason and first as a unanimous selection. MEYERS ADDS EXPERIENCE AT SETTER With such a young roster, the Red Raiders will rely on senior setter Karlyn Meyers at the setter position. A two-year starter, Meyers is one of the most-accomplished setters in school history as she is already among the top 10 all-time in career assists and assists per set average.

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AVCA TOP 25 POLL Rk. School Pts. Rec. LW 1. California (31) 1,422 3-0 3 2. Penn State (11) 1,388 1-1 1 3. Southern California (5) 1,356 1-1 2 4. Texas (9) 1,347 2-0 4 5. Nebraska (1) 1,221 2-0 5 6. Stanford (1) 1,140 2-0 6 7. Illinois 1,118 3-0 8 8. Washington 1,091 3-0 7 9. Florida 982 2-0 9 10. Hawaii (1) 970 2-0 10 11. Minnesota 913 1-1 12 12. UCLA 880 3-0 11 13. Purdue 759 3-0 13 14. Northern Iowa 613 3-0 14 15. Colorado State 584 3-0 15 16. Oregon (1) 542 1-1 28 17. Oklahoma 508 3-0 16 18. Duke 458 3-0 17 19. Iowa State 436 3-0 18 20. San Diego 304 3-0 20 21. Dayton 284 3-0 19 22. Ohio State 254 4-0 21 23. Long Beach State 205 2-1 22 24. Michigan 176 3-0 24 Florida State 143 3-0 30 Receiving Votes: Tennessee 117; Pepperdine 67; LSU 37; Missouri 33; Miami (FL) 18; Arizona 15; Notre Dame 15; San Diego State 13; Clemson 9; St. Mary’s (CA) 8; Cal Poly 9; Northwestern 4; Western Kentucky 4; Michigan State 3. RED RAIDERS WILL BE YOUNG Texas Tech will be one of the younger teams in the country as 15 of the program’s 21 players are listed as either a freshman or sophomore. Two of the squad’s six upperclassmen, juniors Ciara Gibson and Kelly Chiffer, will both redshirt this season, giving the Red Raiders only four upperclassmen on the court - seniors Amanda Dowdy and Karlyn Meyers and juniors Miara Cave and Tory Vaughan. FLORA ADDS VETERAN ASSISTANT IN CORONEL One of the first things Don Flora said he wanted once he arrived at Texas Tech was to hire another proven assistant. He got his wish when Jojit Coronel compiled the Tech staff. Coronel, the head coach at George Washington the previous 10 seasons, joins fellow assistant Beth Falls and director of operations Amy Gandy. CAVE PRIMED FOR STELLAR JUNIOR SEASON When asked who his most improved player was at the end of spring, Don Flora did not have to hesitate to say Miara Cave. Flora’s has described Cave’s spring as “going back to the basics” as the junior

BIG 12 CONFERENCE STANDINGS Missouri Oklahoma Iowa State Kansas Texas A&M Texas Baylor Texas Tech Kansas State

BIG 12 W L Pct. 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000

SETS W-L 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

OVERALL SETS W L Pct. W-L 4 0 1.000 12-0 4 0 1.000 12-1 3 0 1.000 9-2 3 0 1.000 9-0 3 0 1.000 9-1 2 0 1.000 6-2 2 1 .667 6-3 2 1 .667 7-3 2 2 .500 7-8

Last 10 4-0 4-0 3-0 3-0 3-0 2-0 2-1 2-1 2-2

Streak W4 W4 W3 W3 W3 W2 W2 W2 W2

vs. RANKED TEAMS Top 10 Top 25 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

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Texas Tech Invitational Match Notes  

Match notes for media covering the Texas Tech Volleyball Invitational

Texas Tech Invitational Match Notes  

Match notes for media covering the Texas Tech Volleyball Invitational