Volleyball begins season with sweep over High Point

first_imgFacebook TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ printTCU volleyball showed nothing but dominance in their season opener. Photo by Heesoo YangBehind 32 kills and 12service aces as a team, TCU volleyball came out of the gate swinging, sweepingthe High Point Panthers 3-0 in their season opener on Friday night.“I think tonight was a great start for our squad,” head coach Jill Kramer said.  “Had a lot of young players on the court … they handled the environment well.”The game was the HornedFrogs’ first of three this weekend as part of the annual Cowtown Classictournament, which is hosted by TCU.Entering the season with the No. 6 recruiting class (PrepVolleyball.com), it’s no surprise that TCU saw a huge impact from their first-year players from the get-go.  First-year outside hitter Audrey Nalls showed signs of being a force on offense with a game-high 10 kills.  In the middle, first-year Afedo Manyang was all over the board with six kills, four service aces and three blocks. Afedo Manyang looked liked an experienced player in her first collegiate action on Friday. Photo by Heesoo Yang“[In] the first few pointsand first half of the game, I was a little nervous,” Manyang said.  “But I slowly eased in and stuck to what Iknow.”After the transfer of 2018 All-Big 12 second team setter Tori Dilfer to Louisville, the setter position was a big question mark for TCU heading into the season.  Two newcomers, McKenzie Nichols and Irem Uçar, saw quality action in the season opener.“They both [Nichols and Uçar] did great,” Kramer said.  “I really think we’ve seen what we’ve seen out of them in practice, and that was kind of good.” Uçar finished with 14 assists in the game, while Nichols produced 11 of her own.The game was back and forth for two sets.  Anytime TCU would extend their lead to even a few points, High Point would respond with a run of their own to keep the Horned Frogs on their toes.TCU ended up winning thefirst two sets 25-22 and 25-23, respectively. The third set was a different story, as the Horned Frogs found their groove.  Two-straight aces by defensive specialist Dani Dennison put TCU up 10-5, and they never looked back. The Frogs won the third set 25-14 to complete the 3-0 sweep of the Panthers.  This is the fifth-straight season-opening win for TCU.“I think our chemistrywas really good [in] this game,” Manyang said. “We’re all growing and can learn more.”TCU will face Lipscomb (0-2 in the Cowtown Classic) at 2 p.m. in the Rickel Saturday. “Every match is important,equally important,” Kramer.  “Every matchsets you up for postseason, one way or another.” ReddIt Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Previous articleThe star behind the stripesNext articleFirst-year Adams leads volleyball to sweep of Lipscomb Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Linkedincenter_img First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Facebook Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Linkedin + posts Colin Post ReddIt Twitterlast_img read more