The Texas Tech volleyball team wrapped up their season a few weeks ago with a loss to Kansas State, finishing winless in Big 12 play. But the season wasn’t a total loss, as those that paid attention got to witness one of the greatest Red Raider volleyball players ever.
Lauren Douglass just finished her senior season with the second-highest career hitting percentage and eighth most career block assists in school history.
According to TexasTech.com, Douglass finished her senior season with a career-best 343 kills this season while hitting at a .340 clip, good for fifth in the conference. She added 114 total blocks, averaging 1.02 for set which was also a top-10 mark in the Big 12. Douglass posted 19 double-digit kill performances this season and hit .440 or better in 10 matches, including a .773 clip against Portland State that ranks sixth all-time in a single match in Texas Tech history and was the top mark in Big 12 play during the regular season.
She was recently named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Southwest Region Honorable Mention. This was the latest in a long line of awards for Douglass, who already received All-Big 12 honors for the third consecutive year. Douglass was also an AVCA All-Region performer in 2015 after setting the school record in single-season hitting percentage at .377. She is only the third Red Raider in history to earn back-to-back AVCA All-Region honors, joining Lisa Higlers (1997-98) and Rachel Brummitt (2013-14).
Douglass’ Red Raider career almost never started, as Douglass spent her freshman year at her parents’ alma mater, Ole Miss. After redshirting, Douglass transferred to Tech to play out the remainder of her eligibility.
Congratulations on a great career, Lauren Douglass. Wreck ‘em to one of the greatest players ever to wear the red and black.