Senior Piper Embodies True Dedication|
Aug 29, 2013
by Nick Tam
LUBBOCK, Texas - Don Flora knew he had a lot to work with when taking the head coaching job for the Red Raiders in 2011. Little did he know Aubree Piper would stand alone as the only Red Raider left from her signing class this season. Piper, who came in with four others in 2010, has given fans a glance at what dedication really means.
From the beginning, Piper has proven to the Texas Tech community that she's a true competitor who brings spark into the Red Raiders. She's brought in several honors including a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week in 2011, the first conference weekly award for a Red Raider since 2008.
Along with honors, Piper has been a true threat for most teams, posting high averages both offensively and defensively.
While every team celebrates a group of seniors each year, Piper is the group.
"It's almost interesting when you get to your senior year since it is such a special time." Flora said. "It's usually a shared time, so it's a little unusual to only have one. She's a Big 12 Middle-Blocker and I think she knows her roll. She's been a fantastic leader and comes to the court taking care of others, teaching them how we walk and talk, and how we work and prepare mentally. That's a really big part in Aubree's leadership, being the only senior".
While injury can plague most athletes and even end careers, Piper overcame an injury in each of her previous three seasons, one in which kept her out of uniform for most of October in 2012. With all that in check, Piper still continues to stay on the court and make her presence known.
"I think I will be able to take on the responsibility of leading the team." Piper said. "I've been through a lot these last few years but I'm ready for this season and I think we're going to be a lot better. I'm ready to see what all we can do."
As she prepares for her final season as a Red Raider, she has an improved team who will help her lead them into the 2013 season.
The Red Raiders open up their season tomorrow against Seattle at the Wildcat Invitation held in Ogden, Utah.