Texas Tech Volleyball signs five during Fall signing period

Texas Tech Volleyball signs five during Fall signing period

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Head coach Tony Graystone and the Texas Tech volleyball coaching staff announced five prospects who has signed their national letters of intent as part of the 2018 signing class on Thursday.

For the second straight year, Graystone has landed an Under Armour All-American as outside hitter Haley Killinger received honorable mention honors, joining current freshman Emerson Solano, who received the honor last year. It’s the first time since 2010-2011 Tech has signed players of this distinction in consecutive years.

“This is a big group, and it’s our first full recruiting class as a coaching staff,” head coach Tony Graystone said. “We’re excited about knowing that we are bringing in some players that we recruited from start to finish. We have all of the positions covered. We’re adding some size and a lot of offense in there. We’re really happy about them. These are some players that are going to be the foundation for what we are moving forward with.”

Four of the five signees hail from the state of Texas and all five fill different positions on the court. To date, nine of the 10 players Graystone has signed to Tech are from the state of Texas.

Overall, the 2018 class combines eight All-State honors and 13 All-District nods with two Under Armour All-American Watch List selections and a pair of PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace awards.

2018 SIGNEES

Brooke Kanas

RS – 6’2 - New Braunfels, Texas (Canyon High School, Alamo VB)

·         2017 Under Armour All-American Watch List

·         2016 TAVC Class 6A All-State First Team

·         2015, 2016 District 27-6A First Team

·         2014 District 27-6A Second Team

·         Named to PrepVolleyball.com’s Senior Aces (Top 250 recruit in the nation)

·         Lettered three years in track

·         2014, 2015, 2016 Academic All-District


From Graystone

“Brooke is the kind of kid that can do everything. She hits everywhere along the net and plays all three positions. That versatility is something that we really look for in a player. We will cross train her and see exactly where she fits at our level. She is a really nice player that’s going to do a good job here.”

Jessica Langridge

MB – 6’2 – Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS, Tejas VBC)

·         2015 USAV GJNC Bronze Medalist

·         Qualified for GJNC Nationals in 2015, 2016, 2017

·         Set Flower Mound High School’s single-match record for hitting percentage (.917)

·         2017 Pearland Classic All-Tournament Team


From Graystone

“I got to know Jessica over the summer. She is another player that will give us immediate depth up front and give us a chance to add some size. I think she will grow into her position as she moves along.”

Audrey Smith

SET/DS – 5’8 – Mission, Texas (Sharyland Pioneer HS, Venom VBC)

·         2017 Under Armour All-American Watch List

·         2016 TAVC Class 5A All-State First Team

·         2016 All-Area First Team

·         2016 District 31-5A Setter of the Year

·         2015 31-5A All-District First Team

·         2014 District 31-5A Newcomer of the Year

·         2016 Academic All-District

·         2016 Team Captain

·         Lettered all four years at Sharlyand Pioneer

·         Lettered one year in track & field

From Graystone

“Another player that we are really excited about. She will add some ball control and another good set of hands that can help us stay in system.”

Haley Killinger

OH - 5’11 – Prosper, Texas (Prosper HS, Dallas Arsenal)

·         2017 Under Armour High School All American Honorable Mention

·         2016, 2015 TGCA Class 5A All-State First Team

·         2016, 2015 TSWA Class 5A All-State First Team

·         2016 TAVC Class 5A All-State First Team

·         2016 District 14-5A Offensive MVP

·         2015 District 10-5A Newcomer of the Year

·         2017 USA GJNC National All-Tournament Team American Division

·         Named to PrepVolleyball.com’s Senior Aces (Top 250 recruit in the nation)

·         2015, 2016 PrepVolleyball.com All-American High Honorable Mention

·         2017 Pearland Classic All-Tournament Team

·         2015, 2016 Prosper HS Offensive MVP

·         2016 Prosper HS Team Captain

·         2017 Dallas Arsenal Team Captain

·         2015, 2016 Academic All-District

From Graystone

“Haley has a big arm, is a big jumper and is very athletic. She’s an elite player. Eventually she is going to be a six-rotation girl. She’s going to be that instant offense type of kid in the beginning, and then we will add some more to her game.”

Alex Kirby

SET – 6’0 - Knoxville, Tennessee (Hardin Valley Academy, K2 Volleyball)

·         2016 TSWA All-State

·         2017 3A Co-Setter of the Year

·         2017 District 3A All-Tournament Team

·         2017 3A First Team All-District

·         2015 4A Co-Setter of the Year

·         2015 4A All-District Team

·         2017, 2016 Team Captain

·         2016 All-KIL Team

·         2016, 2015 Knoxville News Sentinel PrepExtra Second Team

·         Led her team to a fifth place finish in the 2017 Tennessee state tournament, Region 3A title and District 3A championship

·         As a sophomore, led her team to a third place finish in the 4A state tournament

From Graystone

“Alex is a really nice player with good size and great hands. She knows how to run an offense. I’m happy she will have a year to learn under Missy and Kyndal to see what the Big 12 is all about, and then we will turn it over to her.”

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