Preview: Bluejay Invitational
Sept. 8, 2016
OMAHA, Neb. – Another weekend on the road is up next on the slate for the TCU volleyball team as the team will head to Omaha, Neb., to compete in the Bluejay Invitational at the D.J. Sokol Arena on the campus of Creighton from Sept. 9-10.
The Horned Frogs (4-1) will open the tournament with the host Bluejays (2-3) on Friday at 6 p.m., before concluding the tournament with Chattanooga (5-2) on Saturday at Noon. All the matches at the tournament will air live on GoCreighton.com/watch and fans can also see live stats of each match at Creighton.Statbroadcast.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: CREIGHTON
Leading the Creighton offense is Preseason Big East Player of the Year Jaali Winters who has put down 63 kills and 3.15 kills per set in the team’s first five matches. Three other players are averaging over 2.00 kills per set in Marysa Wilkinson (2.70), Taryn Kloth (2.43) and Jess Bird (2.00). Guiding the offense this year is Purdue transfer Lydia Dimke who has dished out 204 assists and 10.20 assists per set.
Pacing the defense is Brittany Witt who has picked up 86 digs this season and 4.30 digs per set. Winters follows closely behind with 63 digs and 3.15 digs per set. The blocking game is paced by Wilkinson who has shut down at the net with 15 total blocks for 0.75 blocks per set.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: CHATTANOOGA
Senior Allie Davenport and freshman Dani Szczepanski were named to the Dayton Invitational all-tournament team over the weekend. Davenport registered 37 kills on a .229 hitting percentage while adding 27 digs in three games. Szczepanski totaled 23 kills on a .237 percentage and added nine blocks, including seven total blocks in the win over Xavier on Saturday.
Junior Lauren Greenspoon directed the offense with 102 assists over the weekend while dishing out 46 assists in the win over Xavier. She has registered 219 assists on the season in 22 sets and 9.95 assists per set, which leads the Southern Conference. Sophomore libero Rachel Petkosh led the defense in Dayton by posting 48 digs in three matches and now has 90 digs on the season with her 4.74 digs per set ranking fourth in the conference.
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