Tech Spikers Host Spring Tourney|
March 26, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech volleyball will continue its preparations for its 2008 campaign this weekend as it hosts the Texas Tech Spring Tournament Sat., March 29, in the United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders will battle Lubbock Christian, Abilene Christian, Angelo State, Tarleton State and Wayland Baptist during the day.
A total of 10 teams will invade the USA for matches that will take place all day Saturday in either the arena's practice gym or on the main floor. Those teams include Western Texas College, LCU, ACU, Wayland Baptist, Cisco Junior College, Texas A&M Commerce, Cameron University, Angelo State, Tarleton State and Texas Tech. Each match will consist of two games played to 25.
There will be little, if any, rest for Tech during the day. The Red Raiders will see their first competition of the day in the form of LCU at 9 a.m. CT. The Lady Chaps went 30-8 in 2007 and won the Sooner Athletic Conference championship with a perfect 12-0 record. After taking on LCU, Tech will turn around and face ACU in its second match at 11:30. The Wildcats finished the 2007 campaign 15-14 under second-year coach Kellen Mock.
The main floor will be the place for the Red Raiders' matches with Angelo State at 12:30 p.m. and Tarleton State at 2:30. ASU will begin breaking in new coach Chuck Waddington with a team that went 6-21 in 2007, while the TexAnns finished 13-16 last year under Mary Domine-Schindler. Tech will conclude the day with a match against Wayland Baptist at 3:30. The Pioneers were 23-17 under Jim Giacomazzi last year.
Red Raider Coach Nancy Todd returns 12 players from the 2007 squad that finished 7-22. Included in that group is middle blocker Brandi Hood (.92 blocks per game and 1.96 kills per game), outside hitter Michelle Flores (2.88 kpg) and libero Jenn Harrell (3.89 digs per game), who ranked among the Big 12 leaders in digs last season.
Admission for the event will be free to the public, with action getting underway at 9 a.m. and concluding at 6 p.m. Spring tournament games are not officially recognized by the NCAA and, as a result, official stats will not be kept. A wrap up of Tech's matches will be available at www.texastech.com.