The Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-2) open Big 12 play this weekend with a matchup against the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-6) on Saturday at 12 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.
Tech is coming off a 3-1 weekend at the Red Raider Classic where three Red Raiders were named to the all-tournament team – Brooke Kanas (MVP), Reagan Cooper and Maddie O'Brien. In addition, head coach Tony Graystone earned his 100th career victory in the Scarlet & Black with the team's win over UT-Rio Grande Valley to conclude the tournament.
The Red Raiders have had an impressive preseason heading into conference play… In fact, Tech ranks top-40 in the nation of five different categories. The Red Raiders currently sit at 10th with 658 total kills, 13th in assists with 601, 32nd with a .269 hitting clip, 33rd in kills per set with 13.71 and 37th with 112.0 total blocks.
O'Brien continues to light up the service line, picking up 12 aces during the Red Raider Classic. Her 28 total aces now rank sixth in the country, while she also sits at 22nd in aces per set. Junior setter Reese Rhodes has been a catalyst to the team's offense, ranking fourth in the nation with 512 assists and 15th with 10.67 assists per set. Outside hitter Kenna Sauer is also having a tremendous season as she ranks 13th in kills with 196 and 20th in both kills per set (4.26) and points (215.0).
Defensively, sophomore libero Maddie Correa is all over the court as she leads the team with 201 digs, surpassing her previous 2021 season total of 172. Kanas and Karrington Jones are leading the team in blocks as Kanas totals 46.0 and Jones tallies 45.0.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
The Mountaineers come into the match at 6-6 overall. Tech holds an all-time 13-9 record over West Virginia, winning the last two matchups by 3-1 and 3-2 scores last season. WVU is on a three-match win streak after winning every match in their Mountaineer Invitational against Merrimack, Binghamton and Delaware State. The Mountaineers also have victories over Northern Colorado and Loyola, while dropping games to UCLA, Texas State, Penn State and Hawai'i.
As a team, West Virginia totals 539 kills (11.7 kills per set), 492 assists, 78 aces, 583 digs and 107.0 blocks. They are led offensively by both Adrian Ell and Bailey Miller, who have 134 and 128 kills respectively. Kamiah Gibson has a team-high 323 assists, while Skye Stokes leads with 150 digs and Tierney Jackson posts a team-leading 41.0 blocks.
Follow TexasTechVB on Twitter for all the latest updates, including how to watch the game and where to follow the live stats. Saturday's match will be streamed on ESPN+ and will have live stats available on WVUsports.com.