Match Points: Penn State vs. TCU
|Friday 8-29-14 |
(7:30 p.m. ET)
Univ. Park, PA
Notes on the Horned Frogs
- In 2013, TCU took a set off USC and Texas.
- TCU returns 14 players from its 2013 squad — five starters and the libero — players who accounted for 80 percent of the Horned Frog offense last season.
- Lost to graduation is 6-2 MB Yvonne Igodan, with key returners including 6-0 Sr. Opp. Stephanie Holland and 6-1 MB/OH Mattie Burleson.
- TCU features a 6-2 offense, with much of its offence coming from lefties 6-0 Sr. Opp Stephanie Holland (2.33 kills/set and 75 blocks in 2013) and 6-1 Jr. Opp Blaire Pickens (139 kills and 39 blocks in 2013).
- Both setters — 5-7 Jr. Alexia Heist (5.73 assists/set in 2013) and 5-8 RS So. Trisha Langley (4.25 assists/set in 2013) — return. We will not say that Heist will be looking to steal a point here and there.
- Joining TCU this season are 6-1 So. OH/Opp Sarita Mikals, a transfer from Houston, where she appeared in all 33 matches, 122 sets and averaged over 3.00 kills/set and totaled 312 digs, 6-1 Fr. MB Mia Swanegan, and 5-7 Fr. DS/L Skyler Flynn.
Notes on Penn State:
There are lots of questions about this year’s Penn State Women’s Volleyball team, but not much new to report that isn’t in our Season Preview: Another Banner Year. Questions like who will start at the OH spot vacated by the graduation of Deja McClendon; will Megan Courtney move to Opp/RS (and if she does, who will fill her spot at OH?); who will be the second MB?
Though no “Stop the Presses” information was divulged at the press conference with Coach Rose, Nia Grant, Dom Gonzalez, and Megan Courtney, it’s worth a look. The video is below:
Finally, just as a reminder of how much Penn State needs to replace this season, here are two tables showing the graduated players in red:
Who's Back: Blocking and Points Leaders - 2013
Who's Back: Recept/Dig Leaders from 2013