VB Preview: Seminole Invitational


Aug. 31, 2017

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will hit the road for the first time during the 2017 season as Horned Frogs travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to compete in the Home2Suites by Hilton Tallahassee Seminole Invitational from Sept. 1-3.

The Frogs (3-0) will open the weekend by facing former Mountain West foe Colorado State (2-1) on Friday at 10 a.m., CT, before taking on UNC Asheville on Saturday at Noon, CT. The team will conclude the tournament by taking on host and No. 15 Florida State (3-0) on Sunday at Noon, CT, with the match to air live on ACC Network Extra which can be viewed on WatchESPN.com.

Quick Hits
-The 2017 season marks the 22nd season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program 
-This season also marks the third under the helm of alumni and Director of Volleyball Jill (Pape) Kramer 
-Kramer (1996-99) was the first scholarship volleyball player on the inaugural team in 1996 and still holds the single-season and career school records in kills and total attacks 
-Kramer has led TCU to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament and has totaled over 100 career wins in her coaching career 
-The Horned Frogs opened the season at home for the third straight year and are now 13-9 in season openers in program history after the win over UTSA 
-TCU has won its home season opening tournament for the third straight year and looks to improve to 6-0 for the first time under Kramer 
-After winning the Cowtown Classic, junior Anna Walsh was named MVP while freshmen Allye Beth Deaton and Dani Dennison were named to the all-tournament team 
-Walsh was good for 16 kills, 2.67 kills per set, a .483 hitting clip and 1.33 blocks per set over the team's first two matches 
-After three match, Deaton leads the team with 26 kills, 2.89 kills per set to go along with a .279 hitting clip and 0.78 blocks per set 
-Dennison has been tasked with the starting libero job and has picked up double-digit digs in all three matches including a career-high 20 in the three-set win over Rice 
-Dennison currently leads the Big 12 with 5.56 digs per set 
-The highest ranked incoming recruit in program history, Abigail Buckingham, finally saw action after redshirting last season and put down 3.50 kills per set in two matches played 
-Eight of the current nine true or redshirt freshmen saw action in the opening weekend of play with Deaton, Dennison and Sarah Swanson all getting the starting nod in all three matches 

Scouting the Opponent: Colorado State
-After dropping the season-opener to Duke, Colorado State has won two straight matches over UCF (3-1) and Northern Colorado (3-0) 
-Kirstie Hillyer leads the way with 44 kill and 3.67 kills per set to go along with an astonishing .425 hitting clip and 1.50 blocks per set 
-Five different Rams are averaging over 2.00 kills per set with three of those five players also hitting above .300 
-Kate Oleksak is guiding the offense by dishing out 11.67 assists per set and is also good for 1.50 digs per set 
-Amanda Young in anchoring the back row with 4.42 digs per set with Maddi Foutz good for 2.00 digs per set 

Scouting the Opponent: UNC Asheville
-UNC Asheville is coming off a 1-2 showing at the Benson Invitational in Georgia where the team's lone win came against George Mason (3-0) 
-Cara Guthrie leads the offense with 3.33 kills per set with Ava Cenema putting down 2.22 kills per set with a .372 hitting clip 
-Guthrie is also solid from the backrow and is picking up 3.67 digs per set while Madisen Zyburt got the start at libero with 3.67 digs per set 
-The Bulldogs 6-2 offense is under the leadership of Kailey Hackett (4.00 assists/set) and Carter Kennedy (4.88 assists/set) 

Scouting the Opponent: Florida State
-Florida State enters the weekend with an AVCA ranking of No. 15 and a 3-0 record after getting wins over Baylor (3-1), Illinois State (3-2) and UC Santa Barbara (3-2) to open the season 
-The Seminoles have two players getting over 3.00 kills per set so far with Natasha Calkins (3.64) leading the way followed by Milica Kubura (3.00) 
-Florida State has an impressive 18.21 digs per set with Cecilie Woie anchoring the team in the backrow with 5.50 digs per set 
-Brianne Burkert is pacing the offense with 9.36 assists per set and is also good for 3.71 digs per set from the back row 
-Kubura and Taryn Knuth are shutting it down at the net for Florida State with 1.21 and 1.71 blocks per set, respectively, as the Seminoles are good for 2.93 blocks per set as a team 

Recap: Cowtown Classic & Rice
-The TCU volleyball team won its season opening tournament for the third straight season as they picked up two sweeps over UTSA and Coastal Carolina 
-The Frogs used a late comeback in set one to set the pace for the rest of the match against UTSA as they totaled 39 kills, 7 service aces and 8.0 total blocks on their way to the victory 
-TCU had to gut out the win on Saturday against Coastal Carolina as late surges proved to be the difference on its way to a second straight sweep 
-Anna Walsh was named MVP of the tournament as the junior was good for 16 kills, 2.67 kills per set, a .483 hitting clip and 1.33 blocks per set 
-In their first tournaments as Horned Frogs, freshmen Allye Beth Deaton and Dani Dennison also picked up all-tournament honors 
-TCU completed its weekend of sweeps with a 3-0 victory over Rice on Sunday as Abigail Buckingham led the way with 15 kills and a .303 hitting clip to go along with two blocks 


 

 

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