TCU Adds Transfer
April 27, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer announced the addition of Greece National Team member and West Virginia transfer Lamprini Konstantinidou (lam-PREE-knee kon-stan-tih-NAY-thoo) to the indoor and sand volleyball rosters for 2015-16 on Monday morning.
Konstantinidou, a 6-foot-1 setter from Thessaloniki, Greece, will have to sit out the fall indoor season due to transfer rules, but will be eligible to compete on the sand team starting immediately.
"I have always had a very strong bond with the setters on my teams because, among other reasons, they are the most natural leaders on the court," Kramer said. "Prini and I developed a very special bond this past year and half beginning in the recruiting process and I am honored that she has the trust in my guidance to join us at TCU. She is a selfless leader, very compassionate, thoughtful and attentive to her teammates needs. Prini has a calm, composed demeanor that gives her teammates a sense of security and direction. She is also a very skilled setter who makes all of her hitters better.
"Prini also has a very strong drive to be the best volleyball player she can be - everyday. She spends a lot of time in the gym on her own, as well as breaking down film on herself and opponents. Although she will need to spend this season only training and not competing with the team, she will improve the level of competition in our gym and spend the year building continuity with our attackers. Prini will compete in the sand for us in the spring, which will be a great experience for her to continue to improve her movement, ball handling skills and all-around game."
In her rookie campaign at WVU, Konstantinidou ranked in the top 10 of the nation in assists per set to start the season and finished the year ranking fifth in the Big 12 with 10.01 assists per set and eighth with 0.27 aces per set. Her 971 total assists on the season ranks second all-time in Mountaineer history by a freshman.
In her first weekend of collegiate action, Konstantinidou garnered Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors after leading the team and conference with 12.22 assists per set for a total of 110 assists. Konstantinidou also totaled six service aces and 29 digs over the three-game span.
"One of the most significant people that I know is Coach Kramer," Konstantinidou said. "I learned a lot from her in terms of volleyball, but I also received great advice that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life. I can't wait to learn more and show her what I can still do on the court. In all the time that I spent with her, she was building character in all her players and in my opinion, she can make me the best player I can be to prepare for a professional volleyball career."
Before joining West Virginia, Konstantinidou made over 20 appearances on the Greece U20 National team and over 50 appearances on the Greece Youth National Team. She helped guide the Greece U20 National Team to a fifth-place finish at the 2013 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro, while also recording five service aces in 3-2 win over Slovenia.
Konstantinidou was a member of Greece U20 National Team that finished fourth overall at the 2012 Balkan Championship in Bar, Montenegro and was also a member of Iraklis Thessaloniki club team. Her club team registered first-place results in the Young Women's Championship in Thessaloniki and the overall Young Women's Championship in Greece in 2012.
Before joining TCU in the fall, Konstantinidou will compete for the Greece Senior National Team at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Championships.
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