Volleyball holds spring exhibition matches

TCU opened its spring schedule on Saturday

TCU opened its spring schedule on Saturday

April 8, 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team hosted Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma and Texas State on Saturday as part of a spring exhibition tournament as all five teams prepare for the 2006 season.

"I thought we played really hard, especially towards the end," stated TCU head coach Prentice Lewis. It is always tough when you play four matches and we had our highs and lows. I am looking for our kids to get better mentally match-by-match. I just want them to really understand the mental aspects and that is what we have been focusing on the past two weeks and we hope to continue."

Senior Emily Allen made her first appearance on the court since the 2004 season and hopes to reestablish herself as a dominant force on the right side.

"It's fun (to be back)," stated Allen. It was a little different in the beginning because I haven't played in an entire year, but I am starting to see things and get back into the swing of competition. It is interesting because I haven't really played with the (2005) freshman class, so I am really excited."

The Frogs return four freshman from last year's team and all but one picked up valuable experience during the 2005 season. Setter Nirelle Hampton quickly established herself as one of the top setters in the Mountain West Conference. Hampton was the only player to record a triple-double (41 assists, 15 digs and 11 kills versus Air Force on Oct. 7) in the MWC last season and she has already taken over fourth place in the TCU record books for career assists (1,225).

Devon Kirk and Gabi McHugh played in 94 and 40 games, respectively, as true freshmen. Kourtney Edwards redshirted during the 2005 season.

Coach Lewis and the Frogs began practice on March 20 and will continue until late April. The team travels to Houston on Saturday to compete in the Texas Tornadoes Volleyball Club Tournament.



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