Tech volleyball adds five to roster

Tech head coach Amber McCray

Courtesy of Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech Volleyball head coach Amber McCray finalized the 2023 roster with the announcement of five transfers.

Rounding out the team are Luisa Araujo (Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil), Alex Singleton (Spring, Texas), Lauren Albrecht (Kihei, Hawaii), Grace Luevanos (Leander, Texas), and Meghan Scharpenberg (Spartanburg, South Carolina).

“We are thrilled about the final additions to our 2023 roster,” said McCray who enters her fifth season as head coach. “These five transfers bring in some much needed experience to a fairly young squad this season, and they add depth to literally every position.

“Luisa and Grace will provide two more attacking options to our mix, Alex adds serve receive and defensive experience from another talented mid-major league, while both Lauren and Meghan will be counted on for their leadership and intangibles to anchor our group of setters this fall. We are beyond excited they all decided to continue their playing careers and education at Louisiana Tech, and we can’t wait to watch them continue to grow and develop here.”

Araujo is a 6-foot middle blocker who spent the past two seasons at Panola College. She saw action in 64 matches, amassing 480 kills for an average of 2.14 kills per set. She also tallied 181 blocks, 146 digs, 67 assists, and 50 service aces in route to being a two-time All-Region XIV honoree.

Singleton is a 5-foot-7 libero/defensive specialist who spent the last two seasons playing in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) at East Carolina. She played in 80 total sets, registering 127 digs for an average of 1.59 digs per set, as well as 15 assists and 13 service aces.

Albrecht, a 5-foot-8 setter, comes to Ruston having spent her first two seasons in collegiate athletics at Fairmont State where she was a team captain for the Fighting Falcons. She played in 35 matches as a sophomore, anchoring the team with 650 assists to go along with 255 digs. She was a key component in helping FMU reach the 2022 NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament. She logged 20 sets as a freshman over the course of 17 matches.

Luevanos is a 5-foot-11 outside hitter who spent her freshman season at Lamar. She played in 37 sets in her rookie year, recording 88 digs for an average of 2.38 digs per set. She also posted four assists and seven service aces.

Meghan Scharpenberg, a 5-foot-7 setter, played this past season at Francis Marion, appearing in 14 matches with 33 sets played. She totaled 50 digs and 37 assists while also being named to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll and Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll. She Played two seasons at Spartanburg Methodist College, earning All-Region honors in 2021 after averaging 7.21 assists and 2.38 digs per set … Helped Pioneers to 29 wins and an appearance in the NJCAA Southeast B District championship tournament.