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Volleyball hosts UTSA Invitational with Baylor, Va. Tech


SAN ANTONIO — The volleyball team will host a three-day UTSA Invitational Tournament presented by Courtyard by Marriott at The Rim, starting with a 12 p.m. CT match vs. Baylor on Friday at the Convocation Center. Baylor and Virginia Tech will face off on Saturday at 12 p.m. before the weekend concludes with UTSA and Virginia Tech on Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.
 

UTSA (7-3) opened its home schedule on Tuesday with 1,200 for a match vs. rival Texas State. The Roadrunners are in the midst of a season-long five-match homestand, including the opening of conference play next weekend.
 
The Roadrunners opened the year with a 7-1 record, setting a new program mark for the best start in school history. UTSA has averaged 13.7 kills, 13.1 assists and 14.5 digs per set as a team in 2018. The Roadrunners have been led individually by Brianna McCulloch, who has 3.83 kills per set, with Kara Teal owning 2.08 kills and 0.87 blocks per set. Freshman Kirby Smith leads all C-USA freshmen in kills per set (3.13) and digs per set (3.67). Freshman Hannah Lopez averaged 2.81 kills and 1.81 digs per set. Sophomore Hannah Froeschl has averaged 2.39 kills per set. Senior Shelby Williams has a team-best 3.79 digs per set.
 
Virginia Tech (9-1) is off to a strong start in 2018, earning nine wins in 10 matches, falling only in a neutral-site match vs. Samford. The Hookies have averaged 13.4 kills, 12.4 assists and 13.9 digs per set as a team. Kaity Smith (3.43 kills per set), Rhegan Mitchell (7.97 assists per set) and Carol Raffety (3.57 digs per set) lead the team.
 
Baylor (6-3) has won two of its last three, including a four-set win over No. 2 Wisconsin last weekend. The Bears also bested Rice in a home tournament, falling to UTRGV. Baylor opened the year with wins over LSU, Texas State, Marquette and North Texas, before falling vs. No. 10 UCLA and at No. 19 San Diego. The Bears have averaged 14.2 kills, 13.4 assists and 15.3 digs per set as a team. Shelly Fanning (3.16 kills per set), Hannah Lockin (10.88 assists per set) and Tara Wulf (4.00 digs per set) lead the team individually.
 
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