Texas Tech Volleyball Signing Day Capsuls
Emily Ehrle on signing day.
Nov. 9, 2011
Four-year letterwinner at Crowley High School ... was named to the AVCA All-American Watch List prior to senior season ... also one of Volleyball Magazine's top 25 underclassmen to watch ... recognized as one of the top recruits nationally by Prep Volleyball ... listed as part of the Frosh 59, Soph 79, top junior recruits, and senior aces by the publication ... two-year captain for Crowley ... a first-team all-district selection all three years ... named the Offensive Player of the Year for District 8-4A as a junior ... shared district player of the year honors as a senior ... two-time academic all-district selection as well ... played for the Texas Advantage Volleyball (TAV) club ... team is one of the top programs nationally ... club coach was Ping Cao ... played under high school coach Kim Wheeler.
"Emily is an elite attacker who can play six rotations as a quality passer and defender. She has all the attributes to be an elite front row presence in the Big 12. Emily possesses an inner strength that will allow her to work hard every day in the gym. We believe her perspective on life and volleyball will be a strong addition to the Red Raider Volleyball's future." - Don Flora
Brianna Grant on Signing Day
Middle Blocker - Antioch, Ill.
Three-year starter at Antioch Community High School ... another top recruit that was recognized nationally ... named to the AVCA Under Armour Watch List prior to her senior season ... listed as one of Illinois top players by the Chicago Sun-Times during both her junior and senior seasons ... led the squad in kills and aces final two seasons ... team leader in blocks as a sophomore ... also listed on the Super 25 Player to Watch List by the Pioneer Press as a sophomore ... three-time all-conference first team and all-country selection ... squad won the conference and division title her sophomore year ... regional champions as a junior ... also played for the Wisconsin Junior Volleyball Club, a top program in the midwest ... club director was Jim Jeave ... played under high school school Glen Heitman.
"Brianna brings a work ethic and a motor to compete that is as strong as any player we have recruited. She has the ability to add many layers to this program with her day-to-day effort. We look forward to her presence and her ability to attack from any position within our offense. Also, her personal presence and awareness of the people around her make Brianna the type of high-level person we want in this program." - Don Flora
Emily Ruetter on signing day.
Setter - Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Talented setter from north of the border ... will become Tech's first Canadian-born player since current director of operations Amy Gandy (2004-07) ... played for Nelson High School ... four-year letterwinner for the program ... named the squad's team MVP following junior season ... also a three-time academic honor role honoree ... also member of the Ontario Provincial Indoor team ... routinely played an age up in division ... selected to the U-17 Canadian Prospects team in June of 2011 ... team played in the AAU Championships in Orlando, Fla. ... named the tournament MVP of both the U-18 Ontario Provincials (equivalent to a state championship) and the Canadian Nationals ... played in both tournaments as a 17-year-old ... high school coach was Mitchell Kleer and club was Rob Fernley.
"Emily is an all-around volleyball player who has the skills to become one of the elite setters in the Big 12. Emily has been working with a number of elite coaches and within a great volleyball environment in Canada. Once Emily has time to understand the systems here at Texas Tech, she will have the opportunity to compete at the highest levels. Emily's ability to analyze and think about the game and her position in particular make her a quality addition to the Red Raider Volleyball family." - Don Flora
Meghan Stacy on signing day.
Outside Hitter - Ozark, Mo.
Four-year starter at Ozark High School, one of the top volleyball schools in the state of Missouri ... squad advanced to the Class 4 state volleyball championship her final three seasons ... team won the state title as a sophomore ... squad finished third overall her junior and senior seasons ... helped lead the squad to the conference title all four years ... team had 30-plus wins her final three seasons ... received numerous state, district, and regional awards over her final three seasons ... named to the state all-tournament team as both a sophomore and senior ... four-time academic all-state pick as well ... also played for the Springfield Juniors club program under coach Becky Lipasek ... high school coach was Becky Justis.
"Meghan is an all-around volleyball player with a high-end arm who can compete in the elite conferences in the nation. She will make an immediate impact as a quality passing outside hitter. Meghan also brings a calm and confident presence that will enhance the level in the gym every day. She is a fantastic student and those traits lend well to her ability to learn and comprehend the day-to-day demands in the gym here at Texas Tech Volleyball." - Don Flora