LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech volleyball team is set to kick off the 2019 season, as well as a 10-match road swing, on Aug. 30-31 with three contests at the Sports Imports Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
The Red Raiders' new campaign begins on Friday with an 8:30 a.m. (CT) match against VCU before taking on the hosting Ohio State Buckeyes at 7 p.m. (CT). Tech will close out the tournament with a 1 p.m. (CT) affair against Lehigh on Saturday.
Live stats will be available for all three matches and a live stream will be available for Tech's match against Ohio State on BTN Plus ($).
HILL & KANAS EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Emily Hill and Brooke Kanas earned early honors as both the senior and sophomore were represented on the 2019 All-Big 12 Volleyball Preseason Team. Hill earned All-Big 12 second-team honors at the tail end of the 2018 season and Kanas was dubbed a member of the All-Big 12 Second and Freshman Team in her first season with the scarlet and black.
The Red Raiders welcome back 15 letterwinners from a strong 2018 season. The Tech roster contains four seniors, three juniors, nine sophomores and six freshman - highlighted by seniors Emily Hill and Chandler Atwood, juniors Allison White and Emerson Solano, as well as sophomores Brooke Kanas and Karrington Jones.
KANAS & TEAM USA
After a stellar outing at the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts, sophomore Brooke Kanas became the fourth Red Raider in program history to earn a spot on the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team. She spent June 23-29 training with the nation's domestic program in Anaheim, Calif. She is the youngest Red Raider to have spent a summer training with the U.S. Collegiate National Team.
SUSTAINED SUCCESS IN 2018
Head coach Tony Graystone's third season at the helm pushed the team to new heights as the Red Raiders met program marks that have not been touched in over a decade. Texas Tech's 17 regular-season wins marked the most since 2001 and the squad's six Big 12 victories were the crew's highest win count since the 2004 season. Thanks to the leadership from Graystone, associate head coach Morgan Thomas and assistant coach Brandy Huskey, the Red Raiders put together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2000-01.
NEW FACES TO THE COURT
Texas Tech welcomes seven new faces to the court in 2019 - six freshman and one sophomore transfer. Two freshmen, Cadi Boyer and Audrey Tuttle, graduated high school early and enrolled at Tech before the start of the 2019 spring semester. Other freshmen joining the crew are Caitlin Dugan, Lauren Dodson, Lindsey Dodson and Kylie Trefflich.
HEART OF THE OFFENSE
After Texas Tech graduated its most decorated setter to date, the Red Raiders will look to sophomore setter Alex Kirby to run a fresh new offense for the 2019 season. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., she finished her inaugural campaign with 63 assists - 31 of which came in her lone start of the season against Texas Southern last year.
TRANSFER TATUM ROHME
The lone transfer to join the Red Raiders, sophomore Tatum Rohme comes to Texas Tech after a one-season stint at Arizona State. She made two appearances and accumulated 24 assists in her limited time as a Sun Devil.
WRECKING THE CLASSROOM
The Texas Tech volleyball team was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as an Academic Honor Roll Team after the squad posted a top-25 cumulative grade point average among all Division I institutions for the 2018-19 academic year. The prestigious honor was achieved thanks to a historic year in the classroom. In the fall, Tech placed a program-record 10 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Teams – nine first-team selections and one second-team nod. The Red Raiders also paced the Big 12 for the second straight year as four student-athletes recorded 4.00 grade point averages.
You're not just seeing things. Freshmen Lauren and Lindsey Dodson are one of the few pair sisters to grace the Texas Tech volleyball program. The Dodsons are the first set of twins that head coach Tony Graystone has ever coached in his 20 seasons of coaching.
LOVING OUR LIBERO
Junior Emerson Solano returns to the floor after starting all 30 matches as Texas Tech's libero in 2018. Her 442 digs on the year ranked No. 10 in the school record book for digs per season and she ranked second in the Big 12 with 4.06 digs per set as a sophomore. Solano finished her second season with the Red Raiders with 22 double-digit dig performances and she tallied a career-high 22 digs at Houston Baptist on Sept. 14, 2018.
TEXAS TECH VB ON TV
A pair of Texas Tech volleyball matches have been selected to air on ESPNU while three other affairs are scheduled to broadcast on FOX Sports Networks. Tech's ESPN broadcasts begin with the Red Raiders' Sept. 25 match against West Virginia and will close with Tech's in-state showdown against Texas on Oct. 30. Additionally, the Red Raiders will appear on Fox Sports Networks against Houston (Sept. 20), Kansas (Oct. 16) and finally Iowa State (Nov. 20).
First serve against VCU is slated for 8:30 a.m. (CT) on Aug. 30 in Columbus, Ohio. Tech's 7 p.m. (CT) tilt against host Ohio State will close out Friday's action and the Red Raiders will finish the tournament on Saturday with a 1 p.m. (CT) match against Lehigh. Live stats will be available for all three matches and a live stream will be available for Tech's match against the Buckeyes on BTN Plus ($).
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