The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: September 22nd

Your daily dose of Texas Tech athletics.

Volleyball

original-double-t The volleyball team lost their first conference match of the year to TCU on the road.

Lady Raider Basketball

original-double-tLAJ’s Nicholas Talbot reports that Leashja Grant may not be able to return for her senior year as her home country, the Bahamas, won’t issue her a F1 Visa:

“We don’t know why, so we went from 13 players to 10,” said Texas Tech women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker, who also noted injuries to forwards Brielle Blaire and Zuri Sanders. “I have no idea, she has had four appointments and she has been denied on all four. We have no real reason as to why.

“It is not good. She is one year away from graduating and there is no legal reason we know of, according to her attorneys,” Whitaker said.

I’ve learned that the only way to get these sorts of things done is to have a senator or congressman plead on your behalf, but even then, if the issuing country won’t issue the visa, there’s nothing you can do. Literally.

original-double-t Congrats to Japreece Dean for being named the scholar athlete of the month!

Football

original-double-t Tevin Madison confirmed on Twitter that he’s leaving Texas Tech and will attend somewhere else in the spring. Still don’t have any idea what happened and why he’s off the team, but here we are.

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams writes about LB D’Vonta Hinton still working through his ankle injury and still isn’t his normal self:

“Naahh, nah. There was some stuff,” Hinton said. “I ran past a tackle, could’ve saved a touchdown. Wasn’t able to stop and redirect like I usually do, which was frustrating for me.

“To other people, they saw the few plays I did make, that I helped my teammates make, and they didn’t really see my mistakes — which, I can see them. I’m out there playing, and I know what I can and can’t do.”

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . Land Grant Gauntlet’s Steven Rodriguez has this week’s Heisman watch for the Big 12 and it’s Patrick Mahomes and no one else right now . . .

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