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Karch Kiraly to hold clinic With TTU volleyball

Published: Mar. 5, 2015 at 5:47 PM CST|Updated: Sep. 3, 2015 at 12:47 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Provided by Texas Tech University

Texas Tech volleyball coach Don Flora and his staff have announced that U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team coach Karch Kiraly, perhaps the most decorated player in Olympic and world volleyball history, will be in Lubbock on March 6 to hold a clinic with Red Raider volleyball and host a public event that evening.

"We are elated that Karch Kiraly was able to make this type of event happen here at Texas Tech University," Texas Tech head coachDon Flora said. "To have Karch with our program for a day is a good deal. It's important to have him here for the region, and especially the Lubbock volleyball community. This is a tremendous opportunity."

Kiraly will hold a clinic with the Tech volleyball staff and student-athletes that evening after a day of meeting with the team and individuals.

"Karch is the foremost thinker in volleyball and is now coaching at the highest level," Flora said. "Having this opportunity is a special event for all of us."

The main portion of the day's events will be open to the public at United Supermarkets Arena from 7-8 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Afterward, Kiraly will hold an autograph session on the concourse from 8-8:30. The event will be streamed live by TexasTech.tv.

Kiraly is the winningest player in volleyball history, and is the only player to win Olympic medals in both indoor and beach volleyball, winning Olympic Gold in indoor volleyball in 1984 and 1988, and Olympic Gold in beach volleyball in 1996.

He has won more tournaments (148) and more money ($3,159,773) than any other player on the AVP Pro Beach Tour.

At age 45, Kiraly is the oldest player to ever compete at the highest level, and is still winning AVP tournaments, while beating competitors half his age. He has won at least one tournament in 24 of the 27 seasons he has played - spanning four decades.

He is also the oldest player to win a Pro Beach tournament, at 41, 42, 43 and 44.