LUBBOCK, Texas – Senior Missy Owens of the Texas Tech volleyball team was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Tuesday as the organization released the All-Region team honorees.
Owens, the 2018 Big 12 Co-Setter of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team selection, received All-Southwest Region honorable mention.
“Missy had an amazing senior year, and I couldn’t be prouder of her,” head coach Tony Graystone said. “She’s made a tremendous impact on Red Raider volleyball, and we all appreciate everything she’s put into improving our program and also making herself into one of the best setters in the country.”
It is the first AVCA all-region nod for the setter from Yorba Linda, Calif., and the second for Texas Tech volleyball in three years under Graystone with Lauren Douglass receiving an honorable mention selection in 2016.
Owens put together a stellar senior campaign as she recorded 10.48 assists per set with 121 kills, 207 digs, 61 blocks and eight double-doubles. The Red Raider attack improved tremendously with Owens spreading around the rock as Tech upped its hitting percentage from .179 in 2016 before her arrival to .219 combined the last two seasons.
After transferring from Long Beach State following a 1,000-assist season her sophomore year, Owens compiled two more 1,000-assist campaigns as a Red Raider on her way to 3,501 assists for her collegiate career. An aggressive all-around player, she finished her four seasons with 741 digs, 351 kills, 165 total blocks and 75 service aces.
Owens closed her two seasons as a Red Raider with an average of 10.47 assists per set, which ranks fourth in the Tech record books. In 2017, her .350 hitting percentage on 277 attacks marked the fourth best single-season hitting percentage in school history, while her 1,217 assists also cracked the Top 10 in the school record book.
The Red Raiders finished 2018 with their highest regular season win total since 2001, putting together a mark of 17-13. Tech now has back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2000-01 and has won more Big 12 matches the last two seasons (10) than in the previous four combined. The squad set a program record in 2018 with six All-Big 12 honors and 10 Academic All-Big 12 selections.