Coaches clinic will take place Wed., March 7 at the United Spirit Arena
Head coach Don Flora will host five camps during the month of July
Head coach Don Flora signed his second recruiting class Wednesday
Texas Tech vs. TCU
Texas Tech Volleyball vs. Oklahoma
Texas Tech Volleyball vs. Northwestern State
Texas Tech Volleyball vs. San Jose State
The 2012 Red Raider volleyball season officially began Wednesday afternoon at the United Spirit Arena.
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No stranger to the Lubbock area or Texas Tech, Beth Falls enters her eighth season as an assistant coach for the Red Raider volleyball program.
Falls can be seen in gyms throughout the country as she serves as Tech's recruiting coordinator while also assisting with scouting and game planning as well. On top of her duties with the Red Raiders, Falls is heavily involved as a coach and clinician in the Lubbock club volleyball scene.
The Caldwell, Texas native has worked under three different head coaches during her tenure, including Nancy Todd from 2006-08 and Trish Knight from 2009-10 before Don Flora retained her for his inaugural staff beginning with the 2011 season.
Like fellow assistant Jojit Coronel, Falls has also served in a head coaching capacity during her career as she took over the role on an interim basis for the final nine matches of Tech's 2010 season. The Red Raiders showed significant signs of improvement towards the end of that season as Tech snapped a four-year conference road losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Colorado in Boulder.
The seventh head coach in school history, Falls helped the Red Raiders battle back-and-forth against a challenging Big 12 Conference schedule over the final nine matches. In addition to the victory over Colorado, Tech was able to win eight sets under Falls, including two over nationally-ranked Iowa State and NCAA Final Four participant Texas. It marked the most sets won in league action by a Tech squad since the 2007 team claimed nine.
In the first season under Flora, the Red Raiders continued their rise back to prominence thanks to a 15-17 record that marked the program's most wins since 2001. Tech also boasted the third-largest win differential (+11) in the country from the 2010 to the 2011 seasons after going 4-25 the year before.
The 2011 season marked the end of era for Falls as two of her first recruits early in her tenure, Amanda Dowdy and Karlyn Meyers, wrapped their illustrious careers. Dowdy finished as one of the top all-around players in school history with just under 1,500 kills and over 4,000 career attacks, both of which that rank second all-time in program history. Meyers, meanwhile, dished out over 1,000 assists her final season, giving her 2,908 for her career which ranks sixth all-time as well.
Following their departure, Tech posted 14 victories in 2012 with a roster mainly composed of freshmen and sophomores. The Red Raiders have recorded 29 victories in the last two seasons, one shy of the school's total from the previous five seasons prior to Flora's arrival.
Falls entered the coaching profession after a successful playing career at SMU. An outside hitter for the Mustangs from 2001-04, Falls finished among the all-time SMU greats as she currently ranks third on the career kills and points lists and second for career attacks. She was named to the All-WAC team three timed and earned first team honors her senior season.
Her senior year was particularly memorable as she averaged 4.62 kills per set, which is the third-highest figure in SMU single-season history. Falls ended the year ranked 40th in the nation in kills per set and was also named to the SMU Invitational and Fremont Investment and Loan Invitation all-tournament teams.
Falls graduated from SMU in 2005 with a degree in business management and a minor in psychology. Following her college career, Falls played professionally played professional in France for Lyon Saint Fons Volley from August 2005 to May 2006.
Prior to joining the Mustangs, Falls starred at Caldwell High School where she led the Hornets to two Texas state titles and picked up state tournament MVP honors her senior year. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) honored Falls, who was then Beth Karasek, on its all-decade team in May 2010. Falls' sister, Jane Anne Giese, is currently the head volleyball coach for Caldwell High School.
Falls and her husband Jeremy welcomed their first child, Blaise Falls, in April 2013. The couple resides just outside of Lubbock in Ropesville.