#TCUVB is Going Dancing!
Nov. 29, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Jill Kramer era for the TCU volleyball team begins with a berth to the 2015 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship, as the Horned Frogs earned an at-large selection to the tournament that will take place Dec. 3-19 as announced during the NCAA selection show on Sunday evening.
The Horned Frogs, who finished tied for fourth in the Big 12 with an overall record of 19-9 and 9-7 in league action, will face No. 8 Hawai'i (26-1, 16-0 Big West) in the first round in College Station, Texas at 4:30 p.m., CDT, on Friday, Dec. 4 in Reed Arena. The winner will face the victor in the match between No. 19 Texas A&M and Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Saturday, Dec. 5.
"I am really excited for the players," Kramer said. "They have put in a ton of work all season and to go through a coaching change, all of the rebuilding and for them to buy in and to believe in our system so quickly and to believe in our coaching staff so quickly is amazing. They deserve this and I am really happy for them."
The selection into the tournament is the second in program history and first since 2009. This also marks the first time into the tournament for Kramer in her head coaching career, as she will be leading her alma mater into the first round against the Rainbow Wahine.
"I don't know that I can put it into words to be honest," Kramer said. "I came back here because I felt like as a player, there was a lot of unfinished business when I was done. I get to fix everything and kind of try to turn it into something that I always wanted and what the kids that I played with always wanted. The support we get here and the fans we have with everybody believing in us so much has been really cool and a big part of what we are doing. I really can't put it into words how I feel about this."
The Frogs enter the match after posting the most wins in Big 12 play in program history with victory No. 9 coming on Saturday with a 3-0 sweep of West Virginia at home. TCU has been ranked in the top-15 nationally all season long in blocks per set and currently sit at No. 9 with 2.95 blocks per set. The Frogs hitting percentage has also been ranked in the top-50 all season and is currently ranked No. 48 with a .248 hitting clip.
Hawai'i enters the match on a 21-match winning streak and is the best blocking team in the country with 3.30 blocks per set. The Big West Champions also rank No. 9 nationally with .288 hitting clip and No. 31 with 14.11 kills per set. Nikki Taylor is leading the Rainbow Wahine with 4.36 kills per set, while Tai Manu-Olevao is putting down 2.60 kills per set. Olivia Magill is sitting at No. 7 nationally and leads the team with 1.53 blocks per set, while Emily Maglio is stuffing 1.24 blocks per set.
For more information on the championship, visit NCAA.com.
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