Preview: NIVC First Round

Nov. 29, 2017

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DENTON, Texas -- Postseason action for the TCU volleyball team will kick-off on Thursday, Nov. 30 as the Horned Frogs are set to take on Wyoming in the opening round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) at 4 p.m., at the North Texas Volleyball Center in Denton, Texas.

The match between the Frogs (12-16, 4-12 Big 12) and the Cowgirls (17-13, 12-6 Big 12) will air live on CUSA.TV, while live stats can be viewed at The winner of the match will move into the second round of the NIVC that will be played on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

TCU Quick Hits
-This season 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 three straight appearances in the postseason, has totaled over 100 career wins in her coaching career and was recently inducted into the TCU Lettermen Hall of Fame 
-The at-large selection to the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) marks the first for the TCU volleyball program and the fourth selection into the postseason in program history
-In the ninth RPI of the season, TCU checks in at No. 80 with the ninth best schedule in the country 
-The Horned Frogs are a young team with all nine true or redshirt freshmen having seen action this season 
-The highest ranked recruit to ever enroll at TCU in Abigail Buckingham has been an impact player in the second half of the season and is good for 2.91 kills per set to lead the team 
-Buckingham has put down double-digit kills in nine matches this season and six of the last 14 matches and helped lead the team in conference matches with 2.98 kills per set
-True freshmen Dani Dennison, Sarah Swanson and Berklie Baker have appeared in every match this season 
-The TCU offense has been a balanced attack this season with the rotation of pin hitters who are all hitting over 2.00 kills per set 
-Ashleigh Martin has started a `Marty Party' this year as the junior is putting down 2.58 kills per set and double-digit kills in 13 matches this season 
-Anna Walsh is becoming one of the most efficient hitters in the Big 12 as the junior has hit above .300 in 13 matches this season and in seven league matches 
-Walsh has put down double-digit kills in 14 matches this season and helps lead the team in Big 12 only match with 3.02 kills per set and .292 hitting clip 
-The junior is also being defensive at the net and leads the team overall with 1.03 blocks per set and in Big 12 matches with 1.13 blocks per set 
-Guiding the offense is two experienced setters in seniors Lamprini Konstantindou and Kaylee Smith who are dishing out 6.23 and 4.72 assists per set, respectively, with Tori Dilfer stepping in at times 
-Dennison has been the anchor in the back row and is ranked second in the Big 12 with 4.61 digs per set 
-Dennison has picked up double-digit digs in 24 of the 28 matches played this season and 20+ in seven 

Postseason Quick Hits
-The at-large selection to the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) marks the first for the TCU volleyball program 
-The NIVC is making a return after being played from 1989-1995. TCU did not officially become a volleyball program until 1996
-The Horned Frogs are entering postseason action for the third straight year and fourth time in program history after going to the NCAA Championship in 2009, 2015 and 2016
-TCU's first postseason appearance came in the NCAA Championship back in 2009, where they were also an at-large selection and the team was able to advance to the second round
-The Frogs are 2-3 in postseason action with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-13, 27-25) victory over Rice in the first round in 2009 and a 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-18) loss to Texas in the second round
-The team dropped a 3-2 (17-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13) decision to No. 7 Hawaii in the first round in 2016
-TCU scored a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20) victory over Wichita State in the NCAA Championship first round last year before succumbing in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-16) loss to No. 2 Nebraska in the second round
-TCU is one of seven Big 12 schools that are making an appearance in the 2017 postseason, as they join NCAA Tournament teams Texas, Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas along with NIVC participants Texas Tech and West Virginia
-This marks the third appearance in the postseason for Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer as a head coach

Scouting the Opponent: Wyoming
-Wyoming enters the postseason after going 17-13 overall during the 2017 regular season along with a 12-6 mark in the Mountain West Conference
-The Cowgirls have won five of their last seven matches with victories over Air Force (3-1), Boise State (3-1), San Jose State (3-0), Nevada (3-0) and San Diego State (3-1)
-Wyoming distributes the offense between three main players in Tara Traphagan (2.74 kills/set), Emily Lewis (2.87 kills/set) and Halie McArdle (2.51 kills/set)
-Jackie McBride and Reed Copeland are the most efficient hitters for the Cowgirls with .310 and .311 hitting clips, respectively
-The duo are also leading the charge at the net with 1.10 and 1.20 blocks per set, respectively
-Marissa Harmon is dishing out the assists this season with 9.55 assists per set while also leading the team from behind the service line with 34 aces 
-Madi Fields is leading the team from the back row with 3.75 digs per set and has also served up 22 total aces



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