Anna Vaughn will be looked upon for more of a leadership role as she enters her upperclass years at TCU. A steady threat up the middle both offensively and defensively, her competitive drive will help the Horned Frogs as they enter their first season in a new conference.
Sophomore Season (2004)
Expectations were high for Vaughn as she entered her sophomore season. She delivered, as she earned Conference USA honors for the second year in a row, this time a third-team mention. She played and started in all 32 matches, leading the team in blocks (83) and blocks per game (0.69) for the second consecutive season, and having a team match-leading block total in 16 contests. That included two seven block performances, one versus Appalahcian State and again at Houston. She led the team in kills in six matches and in service aces five times, while tallying double-figure kills in 23 matches. Vaughn topped 20 kills in two matches, including a then-career-high 23 against Harvard. She hit an outstanding 23-2-36 for a .583 hitting that match. She again tallied 20+ in the five-game match against East Carolina, when she tallied a 25-4-45 for a .467 and a new single match kill high. She earned her first career Conference USA Player of the Week honor following that weekend, which also featured a 18-2-32 (.500) performance against Charlotte, helping TCU to its best conference start in history. On 12 occasions she put forth a .400 or higher attack average, while calculating a .300 or higher average in 18 matches. Her attack average ranked third highest in C-USA. C-USA coaches named her third team all-conference for her efforts. In a single-season at TCU, her sophomore year attack average (.322) is second only to her freshman year's, while her kill total (410) ranks eighth-best, block total ninth best (83), and ace total tied for 10th (33). In the TCU career books, she has the best attack average by far with a .337 while she sits seventh in kills (664), kills per game (2.97) and blocks per game (0.71), ninth in blocks (156) and consecutive matches (59), and 10th in total attacks (1,397).
Freshman Season (2003)
The most lauded of the three returning freshmen, Vaughn had a solid first season in the Horned Frog uniform. Playing in 31 matches and earning 24 starts, she led the team in blocks (73.0) and blocks per game (0.75) for the season. In a tough match at Pittsburgh in the Pittsburgh Classic, Vaughn notched 12 kills on 16 attacks with two blocks and two digs en route to all-tournament honors. Her .688 (12-1-16) versus the Panthers was the fourth-best single-match attack percentage. Against DePaul, she tallied a career-high 18 kills and 21.0 points. Vaughn led the squad in blocks on 20 occasions, kills six times, attacks twice, and aces on three occasions throughout the season. Her single-season attack percentage of .365 broke the school record as well as placed her 35th on the NCAA's individual leaders and second among Conference USA players. In matches against C-USA opponents only, her .360 attack percentage placed her third. Vaughn added her name to the top-10 career lists for blocks per game (5th - 0.75) and kills per game (7th - 2.44). She earned C-USA all-freshman team honors, becoming the first TCU player to do so since Marci King was WAC Mountain Division Co-Freshman of the Year in 1998. Vaughn was one of nine volleyball players to earn Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll accolades, and one of four to earn the more prestigious Commissioner's Academic Medal.
Local metroplex-product Vaughn played prep volleyball for Wyvonne Walling at Southlake Carroll Senior High. During her high school career, Vaughn earned second-team all-district as a sophomore, first-team all-district as a junior and was named to the all-area team during her senior year. In addition, she was named to the Northwest and Fossil Ridge all-tournament teams and the Arlington tournament MVP. During her prep career, Vaughn earned Offensive Player of the district. She also competed on the basketball and track and field teams. Vaughn earned the Dragon Award in 2003 for the best female athlete at Southlake Carroll High School.
Born on February 10, 1985, Anna Audra Vaughn is the daughter of Ben Vaughn. She is a pre-major at TCU. Her uncle, Mike Holyfield, played basketball at SMU. She has an older brother, Charles.