Game On: Penn State Opens 2014 Season vs TCU at Rec Hall

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Match Points: Penn State vs. TCU

Date (Time)OpponentSiteMedia
Coverage
Friday 8-29-14
(7:30 p.m. ET)
Penn State
Classic
RosterRec Hall
Univ. Park, PA





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Video
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TCU’s 2013 Record: 6-15 (4-12 Big 12: T-7th); Final 2013 RPI: 92; This will be the first meeting between the two teams

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

#Name ClSPMPMSBSBATBB/SBEPtsPts
/S
16Slay,
Katie

4/Sr.1273636301772071.6319392.53.09
1Scott, Ariel4/Sr.1153531391940.829432.53.76
7Grant,
Nia
3/Jr.11835331285970.8212285.52.42
17Courtney,
Megan
2/So.2035342859870.7314355.52.96
18McClendon, Deja4/Sr.12636362255770.616438.53.48
12Hancock,
Micha
3/Jr.1273636569740.588250.51.97
Penn Staten/a1273636107561387.53.05712367.518.64
Opponentsn/a127363638369222.51.75661638.512.90

Who's Back: Recept/Dig Leaders from 2013

#Name ClassSPMPMSRERcpt
TA
Rcpt
Pct.
DigsDigs
/S
4Gonzalez,
Dominique
3/Jr.127360--571.9914163.28
18McClendon, Deja4/Sr.1263636--857.9813632.88
17Courtney,
Megan
2/So.1203534--466.9703012.51
12Hancock,
Micha
3/Jr.1273636--6.6672892.28
33Fuller,
Lacey
3/Jr.118360--271.0001411.19
Penn State
Total
n/a1273636492061.976180914.24
Opponentsn/a12736361662736.939163212.85