Frogs Set For 2009 Opener; Host Tournament

The Frogs are ready to get the 2009 season going.

The Frogs are ready to get the 2009 season going.

Aug. 27, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas -  The 2009 volleyball season gets underway Friday at the University Rec Center. The Horned Frogs will host their annual Nike/Molten Invitational featuring Arkansas, Loyola Marymount and Grambling State. TCU's first match of the 2009 campaign is slated for 7 p.m. against Arkansas.

Tournament Schedule:
Friday, August, 28
5 p.m. - Loyola Marymount vs. Grambling State
7 p.m. - TCU vs. Arkansas

Saturday, August 29
11 a.m. - Loyola Marymount vs. Arkansas
1 p.m. - TCU vs. Grambling State
5 p.m. - Arkansas vs. Grambling State
7 p.m. - TCU vs. Loyola Marymount

• The Frogs are coming off of their third straight winning season after posting a 20-12 mark a year ago.
• TCU welcomes back 11 members from last years squad.
• Four newcomers (Meghan Horio, Emily Kirby, Makenzie Smith and Sloane Sunstrum) joined the team this fall.
Christy Hudson was tabbed preseason All-Mountain West Conference.
Katelyn Blackwood was selected as the preseason Libero of the Year.

ARKANSAS NOTABLES • The Razorbacks were selected to finish fifth in the SEC's Western Division.
• 10 of the 12 members of the team are either freshmen or sophomores.
• Head Coach Robert Pulliza is in just his second season as the Razorbacks' head coach.

• The Frogs and the Razorbacks have met on the court one other time.
• TCU took a five-set victory over Arkansas in Fort Worth on Nov. 26, 2004.

• Grambling State was selected to finish first in the Western Division of the SWAC and garnered 13 first-place votes.
• Outside hitter Kayla Williams was named second-team preseason All-SWAC.
• The Tigers are welcoming four newcomers in 2009.

• TCU and Grambling State will be meeting for the fourth time in school history.
• The Frogs are 3-0 all-time against the Tigers and have dropped just one set in the series history.
• The last time the Frogs and the Tigers met was on Sept. 24, 2005.
• All three previous meetings have come in Fort Worth.

• The Lions were picked to finish sixth in the West Coast Conference.
• Loyola Marymount returns 10 letterwinners and welcomes in seven newcomers.
• Head Coach Steve Stratos is entering into his 20th season as the leader of the Lions.

• The Frogs and the Lions have met only once on the court.
• TCU took a 3-0 decision on Aug. 26, 2006 in Fort Worth.



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