Volleyball in Denver

Nirelle Hampton

Nirelle Hampton

Sept. 8, 2005

Coming off a successful road trip that saw the team go 3-1 in the George Mason Tournament last weekend in Fairfax, Va., the TCU volleyball team travels to Denver, Colo., this weekend to compete in the Pioneer Invitational.

Junior Anna Vaughn leads the Horned Frog offense into this weekend's competition after posting 68 kills with a .384 hitting percentage to garner all-tournament honors for her play at George Mason. Vaughn is atop the TCU season charts in kills (83) and is tied for the top spot in aces (10) with freshman Nirelle Hampton.

Hampton, who handles the setter duties, has made a quick transition to the collegiate game and is an all around threat on the court. Perhaps her best match came against UMBC, when she recorded 41 assists, 13 kills and nine digs, as she just missed a triple-double. In just five career matches, Hampton has tallied 182 assists, 32 kills, 31 digs and one double-double. The Gainesville, Fla., product looks to continue her contribution and help TCU continue its winning ways against three formidable opponents.

Idaho State (2-3) is coming off a 3-0 defeat of Montana State on Tuesday night, and similarly holds a record of 2-3. Felice Yocopis led the way for the Bengals in their victory over the Grizzlies, turning in her fifth double-double of the season.

Denver (2-3) heads into the weekend after a 3-1 triumph over Colorado State, a member of the Mountain West Conference, on Tuesday night. Amanda Millard posted a double-double (18 kills, 16 digs) to lead the way.

One of Saturday's matchups will feature the first-ever meeting between TCU and Jacksonville. The Dolphins are the only team that enters the weekend on a losing note, and the team is currently on a three-match skid, dropping contests to Robert Morris (3-2), Eastern Michigan (3-0) and Eastern Washington (3-0).

Inverse to Jacksonville's current streak, TCU is on a three-match win streak and looks to bolster its win total this weekend. The team will see its first action on Friday at 4 p.m. (CDT) when it takes on Idaho State. The game will be broadcast in live audio via the internet, with Jeff Lewis providing play-by-play and color commentary. Internet broadcast is also provided for the Jacksonville and Denver matches which begin at noon (CDT) and 6:30 p.m. (CDT) respectively.

Audio link: http://sports.yahoo.com/top/collegebroadcast/teams/tac?sport=wvb



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