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Texas Tech announces 2012 Volleyball schedule

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball coach Don Flora announced the program's 2012 schedule Wednesday that features tournament trips to Boston College, Montana, and Rice along with 13 home matches at the United Spirit Arena.

"We have put together a schedule that meets the standards for what this program wants to achieve," said Flora, who enters his second season roaming the Tech sidelines. "The 2012 season allows for these student-athletes and this team to experience some great volleyball in different regions of the country. We are also looking forward to hosting some quality midweek matches at home outside of the Big 12 Conference."

Tech begins the season Aug. 24-25 in the New England area for a four-match tournament at Boston College where Tech will face Fordham, Binghamton, Siena and the host Eagles.

The Red Raiders return to Lubbock the following weekend to open the home slate with the Texas Tech Invitational against UT-Pan American and San Jose State on Aug. 31 and then Northwestern State on Sept. 1.

North Texas comes to town just two days later for the first of four midweek non-conference matches. The Red Raiders will also travel to face Nevada (Sept. 19) and Central Arkansas (Oct. 2) before hosting New Mexico (Nov. 9) later in the year.

Tech wraps preparations for conference play with its final two tournament trips at Montana (Sept. 7-8) and Rice (Sept. 14-15) before opening Big 12 action Sept. 22 against Kansas in the United Spirit Arena.

The Red Raiders will play three of their first four conference matches at home as Texas (Sept. 29) and Iowa State (Oct. 6) will both travel to Lubbock mixed around a road contest at TCU (Sept. 26), Tech's first trip to face the Horned Frogs as Big 12 foes.

A trip to Baylor on Oct. 10 marks the start of a seven-match stretch where Tech will play five conference matches on the road, including its first league contest at West Virginia (Oct. 13), before ending the year with home matches against Kansas State (Nov. 17) and Baylor (Nov. 21). The Red Raiders wrap the regular season Nov. 24 at Kansas.

"The Big 12 is coming off one of its most respected years in a long time by being the No. 1 ranked RPI conference for the 2011 campaign," Flora said. "With that in mind, the conference season sets up well for us to raise the bar in how we perform every night."

Tech's 13 matches at the United Spirit Arena mark the school's most since also hosting 13 during the 2007 season. Its five home non-conference matches, meanwhile, are the most since 2001.

Flora returns 11 letterwinners from his 2011 squad that finished 15-17 overall, the program's most wins since 2001. The group of returners will join an expected class of 11 newcomers that report to fall camp on Aug. 6.

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