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Texas Tech volleyball is on the rise, and the volleyball staff is excited for your interest in the program. Rivalries are strong and the competition is fierce, as the Red Raiders are a member of the strong-standing BIG 12 CONFERENCE. During the 2006 campaign, the Red and Black took the two-match series from in-state rival Texas A&M for the first time since 1992.

The excitement of the program doesn't end with the instant recognition it earns with its conference affiliation. It only begins there. The Red Raiders call one of the most state-of-the-art facilities home, as Tech plays in the UNITED SPIRIT ARENA. The facility opened in 1998 and is one of the newest and largest volleyball arenas in the country. The USA, as it is tabbed by locals, is home to not only to Red Raider volleyball, but men's and women's basketball. The 15,000 seat, 204,025 square feet building contains locker rooms, player lounges, weight rooms, training facilities and coaches offices.

Not only are the facilities tough to match, but so is the university setting along with its academic opportunities. TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY offers 150 undergraduate degree programs through eight academic colleges. It also offers more than 100 master's degree programs and more than 50 doctoral programs.

Student-athletes find great support through the university in academic success with the newly dedicated MARSHA SHARP CENTER FOR STUDENT ATHLETES. The study center has helped Tech student-athletes get ahead of the game as 90 percent of freshman scholarship athletes from 1989-1999 graduated once they exhausted their eligibility. The university's graduation rate for student-athletes ranks second best in the Big 12 Conference.

The university sits near the middle of LUBBOCK, TEXAS, which has a population of 210,000 people, making it the second largest city in the Big 12. Accessibility is the key to the city as travel is made easy by highway and airport. Famous for its musical background, Lubbock was once called "home" but such singers as Buddy Holly, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, and LoneStar lead singer Richie McDonald among others. Entertainment isn't sparse as the city boasts the largest single story mall in Texas, hundreds of restaurants, two 16-plus screen movie theaters, bowling alleys, museums, lakes, parks and many other activities.

To learn more about being a part of the Texas Tech volleyball squad and Red Raider family, please feel free to complete the prospective student-athlete QUESTIONNAIRE. Members of the coaching staff can be reached through the e-mail address listed on their respective bio pages or by phone at (806) 742-7545. Please note that NCAA rules allow coaches to only respond via e-mail to juniors (after September 1) and seniors in high school. Phone calls cannot be returned, but don't be discouraged from calling again if not successful the first time.

We look forward to seeing you in Lubbock in the near future.

Go Red Raiders!




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