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Red Raider Volleyball Opens 2012 Season at Boston College
 


Don Flora and the Red Raiders open the 2012 season Friday at the Boston College Invitational.

Aug. 23, 2012

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BOSTON, Mass. - The 2012 Texas Tech volleyball season officially begins Friday morning when the Red Raiders face Fordham at 9 a.m. CT to start the Boston College Invitational. The Red Raiders will also take on Binghamton, Siena, and host Boston College during the two-day tournament being held at the Power Gym.

TEXAS TECH ARRIVES IN BOSTON EARLY
Despite not playing until Friday, the Red Raiders arrived in Boston early Tuesday morning to sight-see and practice in Boston College's facilities leading up to the tournament. In addition to seeing the area, including several historical sites, the Red Raiders also attended Tuesday night's baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels at legendary Fenway Park. The early arrival was intended to promote team-bonding by head coach Don Flora.

RED RAIDERS IN SEASON OPENERS
Despite losses to start the past three seasons, Texas Tech has traditionally fared well in season openers as the Red Raiders are 28-12 all-time. Tech fell 3-1 in its 2011 opener at TCU that marked the first match of the Don Flora era. The Red Raiders have posted only one season-opening victory since 2005 which came in 2008 when Tech topped North Texas, 3-0, in the Mean Green Classic.

THE SERIES
Of the four teams in this weekend's Boston College Invitational, Texas Tech has faced only Fordham previously in school history. The Red Raiders swept the Rams, 3-0, in the only meeting between the two schools which took place Sept. 7, 2007 to start the Syracuse Tournament.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Red Raiders open their 2012 home schedule next weekend when they host the Lonestar Showdown presented by Under Armour. The two-day tournament will match Tech against Texas-Pan American, San Jose State, and Northwestern State. After concluding the tournament on Sept. 1, the Red Raiders will turn around two days later to face North Texas to conclude a four-match homestand.

RED RAIDERS MAKE FIRST TRIP TO THE NORTHEAST SINCE 2007
This weekend's season-opening trip to the Boston area is believed to be the first time Texas Tech has ever played in the state of Massachusetts. It also marks the first time the Red Raiders had traveled to the northeast since participating in the Syracuse Tournament in 2007. Tech went 2-1 with wins over both Fordham and Princeton before falling to the host Orange in four sets to conclude the tournament.

TEXAS TECH HITS THE COURT FIRST AMONG BIG 12 SCHOOLS
Texas Tech will be the first Big 12 Conference school to open the 2012 season Friday when the Red Raiders battle Fordham at 9 a.m. CT in the first of 10 matches among league members scheduled throughout the day. Only new conference member West Virginia will have played a match prior to the Red Raiders returning to the court later in the afternoon to face Binghamton at 4 p.m. CT.

RED RAIDERS LOOK TO CONTINUE NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS UNDER FLORA
In only his first season, Don Flora was able to lead the Red Raiders to their best start to a season since 2000 when Tech went 13-1 over the first month with the only loss coming in the opener at TCU. The Red Raiders rolled off 13-straight victories from that point, marking the school's longest winning streak since 1996. Tech will once again be looking for a similar performance against the non-conference slate this season after the Red Raiders combined to go 14-2 outside of league play a year ago. The Red Raiders finished just one win shy of .500 with a 15-17 record that marked the program's most victories since 2001.

CAVE NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Miara Cave was Texas Tech's only honoree on the Big 12 Preseason Team that was announced prior to the season. The senior was one of 15 conference players honored in a vote by the league coaches after totaling 298 kills a year ago to go along with a .231 hitting percentage. The selection marked the third-straight season a Red Raider has been represented on the preseason team after Amanda Dowdy garnered the accolade the past two years.

NEW FACES HIGHLIGHT 2012 ROSTER
Possibly the most noticeable feature of the 2012 version of the Red Raiders will be the amount of newcomers spread throughout the roster. Don Flora and his staff added nine freshmen to the roster in the offseason, not including redshirt freshman Tori Jobe, who transferred to Tech last winter from Long Beach State. Rachel Brummitt and Ciara Gibson round out a group of 12 newcomers after Brummitt transferred from Radford University while Gibson redshirted the 2011 season after transferring from Kentucky State. This marks the second-straight season Flora has used a large recruiting class after having 12 newcomers a year ago.

CAVE, VAUGHAN RETURN FOR SENIOR SEASON
Texas Tech seniors Miara Cave and Tory Vaughan will look to wrap their respective careers on a winning note in 2012. The two San Antonio natives have both been regulars in the Tech rotation since stepping foot on campus as freshmen in 2009. Since then, Cave has turned into one of the top right-sides in the Big 12 while Vaughan has played an important role as Tech's libero over two seasons. Out of Tech's 21-player roster, only Cave and Vaughan, along with junior Aubree Piper, have lettered more than one season.

O'CANADA
For the first time since 2007, Texas Tech will boast a player from north of the border in freshman setter Emily Ruetter. One of the top setters throughout Canada the past four years, Ruetter arrives at Tech after lettering at Nelson High School all four seasons while also playing for several of the top club programs in the country. The Burlington, Ontario native was a member of the 17-under Canada Selects team that won the 2011 national title before playing up on the 18-under division at the Ontario Provincials (equivalent to a state championship) where she was named the tournament MVP. Ruetter, who is expected to compete for Tech's starting setter job, is the first Canadian-born player for Tech since current director of operations Amy Gandy in 2004-07.

TEXAS TECH SPORTS NEW LOOK IN 2012
For the first time in recent memory, Texas Tech will sport a new look in 2012 as the Red Raiders will switch to long-sleeve uniforms. The Red Raiders will continue to have three color options in black, red, and white with all three made by Texas Tech's official uniform provider, Under Armour. One other change to the uniform is across the front where the usual Double T logo has been replaced by the spelling of "Texas Tech."


 

 

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