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Staiger has 16 kills in loss for Bears
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Shuffled lineup helped Bears in 3-1 win over KSU Wednesday
Managed to be a major contributor despite two injuries that kept her out of 15 games in two different stints ... Second on the team in kills per set (2.77) and finished fifth overall in kills with 172 ... Continued to be one of the better all-around players in the league avearging 2.68 digs per set to accompany her 2.77 kills per set ... Recorded six double-digit kills in a seven-match stretch from Sept. 7-Sept. 20 before her first injury of the season caused her to miss four matches ... Came back for four more matches beginning Oct. 2, but then fractured her foot following an Oct. 16 match with TCU forcing her to miss the final 11 matches of the season ... Tied a career-high with 18 kills in a win over Mississippi State Sept. 7 ... Tallied nine double-doubles on the season, and had a season-high 16 digs twice (vs. Appalachian State 9/13, vs. LSU 9/20) ... Had 25 blocks on the season and 12 service aces.
All-around freshman for the Bears contributing 184 kills, 293 digs and 36 blocks on the season ... Named to the McNeese State Big Daddy's Invitational All-Tournament team helping the Bears to a 3-1 mark tallying 31 kills, 29 digs and eight blocks ... Had six matches with double-digit kills including a season-high 18 against Hampton in a five-set victory where she also added a season-high six blocks ... 14 matches with at least 10 digs with eight of those matches coming in Big 12 competition ... Had a season-high 18 digs against TCU at home, Oct. 17 ... Recorded double-doubles five times on the season.
Helped lead Tascosa High School in Amarillo, Texas, to three consecutive regional semifinal appearances and district title as junior ... Ranked No. 57 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com and to top 50 lists by both Nfinity and MaxPreps ... Named all-state three times ... Named District 2-5A Offensive Player of the Year twice and league MVP as junior ... Earned district Newcomer of the Year honors as freshman and named league Athlete of the Week on two occasions ... Racked up more than 400 kills, 272 digs and 50 blocks as senior ... Named to THS Honor Roll and earned two academic letters ... THS Student Council representative and President of Young Life.
Full name is Thea Munch-Soegaard ... Born Oct. 22, 1993, in Amarillo, Texas ... Daughter of Jan and Melisa Munch-Soegaard ... Father, Jan, played tennis at Murray State and on Norway's Davis Cup team ... Has one sister, Nina Lemarr, who played tennis at TCU and on Norway's Davis Cup team ... Majoring in corporate communications.