Red Raiders begin practices Monday in preparation for the Aug. 27 season opener at Rice

LUBBOCK, Texas – Following months of off-season workouts, the 2010 Texas Tech volleyball season officially began Sunday evening as 17 student-athletes reported for a series of meetings at the United Spirit Arena.

The Red Raiders begin two-a-day practices on Monday, giving second-year head coach Trish Knight a first glance at her 2010 squad that consists of many new faces. The squad will likely undergo two-a-day practices each day over the next two weeks in preparation for the Aug. 27 season opener at Rice.

"We are definitely excited to get this season underway," Knight said. "We have a good group coming in and we're excited to get them on the court and see what they can do. Hopefully we can get off to a good start on Monday in what I hope is a really good season for us."

Knight's first few practices will be observing and learning about her seven newcomers to the roster, five of which are freshmen and two others who are transfers to the program. Among the newcomers are freshmen Sheridan Burgess (Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo HS), Brandy Huskey (Columbus, Texas/Columbus HS), Aubree Piper (Amarillo, Texas/Randall HS), Hannah Salyer (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown HS), Jenna Wagner (Portales, N.M./Portales HS), and sophomore transfer Dravon Rangel (Grand Prairie, Texas/Mississippi State), and junior college signee Justine Young (Parkersburg, Iowa/Des Moines Community College).­

Helping these newcomers adjust to Division-I volleyball is an experienced group of upperclassmen led by seniors Caroline Courtney, Barbara Conceicao, Alexxa Roberts, and Jackie Vincent. Juniors Amanda Dowdy and Karlyn Meyers add to the list of returners as the duo played in most sets last season and posted team-high statistics in most offensive categories. Sophomores Miara Cave, Tory Vaughan, and Aleah Hayes also return to the roster for their second season in scarlet and black.

The Red Raiders begin the season with three-consecutive weekends on the road at tournaments at Rice, SMU, and Colorado State before hosting Missouri on Sept. 15 in its home opener at the United Spirit Arena and also its first Big 12 Conference match.

Source: TTU