TEXAS TECH RED RAIDER VOLLEYBALL A NEW ERA, A NEW BEGINNING u Head Coach Don Flora 2011 SCHEDULE Unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 selection Amanda Dowdy u Senior Co-Captain Karlyn Meyers TEXAS TECH 2011 SEASON REVIEW AUGUST 26 at TCU 27 vs. Connecticut vs. Grambling State L,1-3 W, 3-0 W, 3-0 SEPTEMBER 2 Central Arkansas Northwestern State 3 Morehead State 6 at Texas-Pan American 9 vs. Southeastern Louisiana vs. Grambling State 10 at Louisiana Tech 16 vs. Prairie View A&M 17 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at UT-Arlington 19 at North Texas 24 #16 Iowa State* 26 at New Mexico W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-1 W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-0 W, 3-1 L, 0-3 W, 3-2 OCTOBER 1 #25 Oklahoma* 5 at Baylor* 8 Kansas State* 12 at #10 Texas* 15 at Missouri* 19 Texas A&M* 22 at Kansas* 26 Baylor* L, 2-3 L, 0-3 L, 0-3 L, 0-3 L, 1-3 L, 2-3 L, 1-3 W, 3-2 NOVEMBER 2 at Texas A&M* 5 at Iowa State* 9 Texas* 12 Kansas* 15 at San Jose State 19 at Kansas State* 23 at Oklahoma* 26 Missouri* L, 0-3 L, 0-3 L, 0-3 L, 1-3 L, 2-3 L, 1-3 L, 0-3 L, 0-3 DECEMBER 1-4 NCAA First & Second Rounds 9-10 NCAA Regionals 15 NCAA Semifinals 17 NCAA National Championship u n/a n/a n/a n/a * Big 12 Conference match All times listed are Central. FOLLOWING THE RED RAIDERS Twitter_______________________ @TechAthletics Twitter (In-game updates)______ @TechGameday Facebook_________ facebook.com/TTUAthletics Tumblr__________ texastechathletics.tumblr.com YouTube___________youtube.com/TechAthletics TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS Overall Record________________________ 15-16 Conference Record______________________ 1-15 Home Record___________________________ 4-7 Road Record___________________________ 5-10 Neutral Site Record_______________________ 6-0 Head Coach______________________ Don Flora Record at Tech_____________ 15-16 (1st Season) Career Record____________ 284-75 (12th Season) STATISTICAL LEADERS Kills___________________ Amanda Dowdy (454) Attempts______________ Amanda Dowdy (1,376) Hitting Percentage__________Aubree Piper (.281) Assists__________________ Karlyn Meyers (1,057) Aces_______________________Tory Vaughan (23) Digs______________________Tory Vaughan (409) Solo Blocks_____Miara Cave, Amanda Dowdy (10) Block Assists__________________ Miara Cave (89) Total Blocks___________________ Miara Cave (99) RED RAIDERS WRAP ONE OF TOP SEASONS IN NEARLY A DECADE In its first season under head coach Don Flora, the Texas Tech volleyball program turned a corner in 2011 with 15 wins, the school’s most since the 2001 season. TEXAS TECH TAKES STEP UP UNDER FLORA From the moment he accepted the job, Don Flora has stated that Texas Tech would become one of the top volleyball programs in the country. After only one season, the Red Raiders appear on their way to better things in 2012. Despite only 11 wins over the last three seasons combined, the Red Raiders wrapped the year 15-17 overall, boasting the third-largest win differential in the country from the 2010 to the 2011 season. Here is a rundown of the most improved programs this season: SCHOOL 2010 RECORD 2011 RECORD DIFFERENCE Samford 14-17 29-4 15 Tennessee-Martin 6-24 19-14 13 Texas Tech 4-25 15-17 11 San Francisco 5-22 16-13 11 Bowling Green 8-24 19-12 11 Long Island 10-21 21-13 11 Florida Gulf Coast 7-19 18-13 11 RPI ALSO TAKES A JUMP UNDER FLORA Thanks in part to its 15 wins on the year, Tech saw a drastic improvement in the ratings percentage index (RPI rankings) at season’s end, coming in at No. 113 nationally. The ranking is nearly 70 spots higher than a year ago when Tech finished 182nd nationally. The RPI rankings are widely used by the NCAA selection committee for postseason selections. RED RAIDERS RETURN MOST OF ROTATION IN 2012 Texas Tech fans will see several familiar faces when the 2012 season begins next August as 12 returners and two redshirts are expected to return. Among the group includes two of Tech’s top three attackers in Miara Cave and Breeann David along with libero Tory Vaughan. Middle blockers Aubree Piper and Dravon Rangel will also return for their junior seasons while Mikia Mills and Sam Podraza will both be sophomores. DOWDY NAMED TO ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM For the second-straight year, Amanda Dowdy was named to the postseason All-Big 12 first team in a vote by the conference coaches. With the selection, Dowdy became just the first Tech player to earn first-team accolades twice in a career. Tech had not previously had a player selected to the first team since Kelly Johnson claimed the honor in 2002. The program had also been left off the postseason awards list since 2004 as well when Johnson earned honorable mention accolades. Dowdy joins a selective group of two-time allconference selections in Johnson, Lisa Hilgers and Melissa McGehee. 2011 TEXAS TECH MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AMANDA DOWDY • SENIOR • LEXINGTON, TEXAS (LEXINGTON) Like she has throughout her career, Amanda Dowdy once again led the Red Raiders during the 2011 season both on the attack and even on the back row. The senior led the squad with 454 kills while adding 350 digs and 50 blocks en route to posting 22 double-doubles on the year. Dowdy wrapped her career ranked second all-time in career kills and attempts, while putting her name among the top 10 in several single-season categories as well. The Lexington, Texas native will continue her career oversees as she has agreed to a professional contract with the Alemannia Aachen organization out of Germany shortly following the season. She will join the team in the coming weeks.