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Tech volleyball adds midterm transfer Owens

Posted: December 21, 2016 - 5:01pm

Texas Tech volleyball head coach Tony Graystone announced Wednesday the addition of Long Beach State standout Missy Owens as a midterm transfer who will join the Red Raiders for the spring semester.

Owens, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., started all 31 matches for the 49ers in 2016, compiling 1,225 assists and a team-leading 31 service aces.

Her 10.56 assists per set ranked second in the Big West Conference and helped Long Beach State finish with the second-best hitting percentage in the conference at .256.

Long Beach State accumulated a 21-10 overall mark in 2016, finishing second in the Big West with a 13-3 record.

“We are excited about Missy joining us and becoming a Red Raider,” head coach Tony Graystone said in a press release. “We had an opportunity to play against her early this past season and know exactly what she brings. We knew we needed to bring in another setter with Marguerite (Grubb) graduating, and we think we found a really good one in Missy. She is going to help make our younger players better, and we expect her to be among the best setters in the Big 12.”

Owens, who connected on a game-high 37 assists in a Long Beach State sweep of the Red Raiders in August, will be eligible to compete in the fall as a redshirt junior.

She becomes the sixth newcomer for the 2017 season as Graystone and his staff signed five high school signees during the fall signing period.

The addition of Owens will help replace departing senior Marguerite Grubb, who posted back-to-back 1,000 assist seasons for the Red Raiders in 2015 and 2016.

Owens joins rising junior Hannah Henriksen as the second Red Raider to transfer from Long Beach State in the past year.

Henriksen joined Tech last summer after competing on the 49er Beach Volleyball team.

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