Red Raiders will face Colorado State, UMKC, Penn State and host New Mexico State in three-day event
Texas Tech opens season Friday with doubleheader against Central Florida and No. 18 Louisville
Red Raiders finish 41-17 overall en route to the program's third-straight postseason appearance
Texas Tech will face four teams ranked or receiving votes in the two national top-25 polls
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Former Texas Tech standout Holley Gentsch is in her first season as the program's graduate student manager.
In this role, Gentsch is responsible for assisting the coaching staff with practice preparations, video production and batting practice. She is also instrumental in Tech's efforts in the circle as she also serves as a bullpen catcher as well.
Texas Tech's primary catcher the previous four seasons, Gentsch wrapped her career in 2012 as one of the top players in school history as her 76 RBI rank 12th all-time. She also played in 202 games during that span, 10th-most all-time and the second-most by a catcher in program history. Gentsch was also among the top defensive catchers in the nation each season as she totaled just nine errors over her career for an impressive .990 fielding percentage.
In addition to her work on the field, Gentsch was recognized multiple times for her work in the classroom as she was a two-time Capital One Academic All-American. She earned the highest academic honor in school history in 2011 when she was named a second team Academic All-American before following up with third-team honors as a senior. She was also named to the Academic All-Big 12 team three times during her career as well.
A native of Hewitt, Texas, Gentsch graduated in the spring of 2012 with her undergraduate degree in sociology. She is currently working on her master's in the field.