Cooper leaving Cedar Park for Texas Tech

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The state finalist Cedar Park volleyball team will have yet another new look next season.

After making it to the state final in her only year in charge, head coach Kori Cooper is leaving the Lady Timberwolves to become the new director of volleyball operations at Texas Tech, according to a report by lonestarvolleyball.com. 

Cedar Park finished tied atop the district standings, losing eight sets throughout district play last season and making it to the state finals for the second time in school history. They went to five sets in four of their seven postseason appearances, including a come from behind win against Rouse in the regional final. 

The Lady Timberwolves beat Lucas Lovejoy 3-1 in the state semifinals before falling to Amarillo, where Cooper was a two-time all-state selection, 3-1 in the state final. 

Before her time with Cedar Park, she spent two seasons and one back-to-back district championships as head coach of Grapevine in 2014 and 2015 and won a state title as an assistant coach at Amarillo in 2013. 

Going back to her college days, she won a national title with Nebraska in 2006. Her first career college start was against Texas Tech. 

The Lady Timberwolves, meanwhile, will be searching for their fourth head coach. Rebekah Almanza was the first head coach in program history and Chad Jones took over ahead of the

2013 season. 

Cedar Park brings back 10 players from this season, including first-team All-District middle blocker Andrea Grimm and second-team All-District juniors Taylor Nunez and Emily Fry. 

But they lose three-time All-Central Texas setter and District 19-5A MVP Lindsey Ledyard, middle hitter Luci Albertson, who earned TGCA all-state honors in 2015 and middle blocker Alana Geymer, who were both named to the All-District first team.

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