As many Red Raiders teams are improving their performances year by year, volleyball concluded its season in late November achieving another positive record. Indeed, the team led for the third year by coach Tony Graystone won 17 games and lost 13. This marks the first time volleyball has back-to-back winning records since the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
After a positive output in 2018, four players received All-Big 12 honors while Missy Owens added AVCA All-Region to her resume. This is a substantial improvement from 2017 when Owens was named an All-Big-12 second team. She was the only Red Raider to receive postseason awards that year.
But first things first:
Missy Owens led the charge once again, as she was named Co-Setter of the Year alongside with Oklahoma’s Kylee McLaughlin. This is the first time a Texas Tech player received this award and the first time a Red Raider recieved an individual award since 2005. That was outside hitter Philister Sang with Big 12 Newcomer of the year.
Owens was also included in the All-Big 12 First Team, and that’s another thing that hasn’t happened in recent years. Outside hitter Amanda Dowdy was the last to do so, both in 2010 and 2011. In addition, she received All-Southwest Region honorable mention by AVCA.
Freshman outside hitter Brooke Kanas earned All-Big 12 Second Team and All-Big 12 Rookie Team honors, after being named twice Big 12 Rookie of the Week during the season. Kanas led the Red Raiders in kills during Big 12 play with 202 and ranked second on the team with 249. Finally, junior outside hitter Emily Hill and senior middle blocker Katy Keenan earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors.