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TCU Volleyball Enters a New Era – TCU 360

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For the first time in recent memory, TCU Volleyball has a chance to be competitive in the Big 12 Conference.

TCU has struggled in conference play over the past three seasons, winning a total of nine games. Horned Frogs finished his 2021 campaign last in the Big 12 with his 2-14 conference record.

Newly hired Head Coach Jason Williams, who helped Baylor College to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances as Associate Head Coach, has a chance to usher TCU Volleyball into a new era of success.

“My goal is to take TCU [Volleyball] We’ve never been there before,” Williams said.

The Seven Horned Frogs have signed into one of the greatest classes in program history, the 2022 recruitment class, giving TCU Volleyball a promising future. Outside hitter Jalyn Gibson, middle blocker Sarah Sylvester and setter Carly Faris were named among PrepVolleyball.com’s top 150 players in the 2022 class.

It may take a while for the Frogs to catch up with the conference powerhouse, but new recruits and a steady return give TCU Volleyball the opportunity to reach new levels of success.

Defensive specialist Cecily Bramschreiber, returning for her sophomore season, said TCU Volleyball is in the process of shifting to a winning mindset.

Reflecting on the 2021 season, Bramschreiber said he was “comfortable.” “We were mostly happy even if we didn’t win.”

meet standards of excellence

During William’s tenure as Baylor’s associate head coach, the Bears consistently finished near or high in the Big 12 standings. Additionally, they had success in his NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four in 2019.

Williams said the key for TCU Volleyball to reach that level of success is to raise the bar and not tolerate falling short.

Williams knows the level of sacrifice, dedication and tenacity it takes to play at championship level. The team said that in order to reach their goals, they must believe that success has no limits.

“They are strong enough to win the Big 12,” Williams said. “I’m going to nurture a belief and a culture, but to get there, players have to start believing too.”

Williams made his expectations clear from the moment he stepped onto the practice floor, telling his team they had to “yes” if they wanted to succeed in postseason play.

“he [Williams] There’s experience, he’s done this before,” Bramschreiber said. “It’s really up to us to accept [the process]”

The new standards are pushing teams out of their comfort zones and helping them move in the right direction.

“New expectations [the coaching staff] What we’ve brought to the gym is a lot higher than what some of us are used to, which is really good.

accept the process

Preparation and training are key to building a winning team. Bramchreiber says the process has been completely overhauled compared to the last few seasons.

“Our whole strength and conditioning changed, our practice plan changed, everything was faster paced and we were able to get more done,” said Bramschliever. “It’s all very different.”

Williams stressed that he wants the team to have a program-first and servant-leadership ethos, with the team “doing things the right way” to compete at a high level, and the results are a byproduct of the process. said it would.

“We’re going to be fast, powerful and exciting,” said Williams. “It’s going to be a fun game to watch at Shoal.”

familiar and fresh

The Frogs have a handful of productive returning players, but they also have some new faces set to make an impact on the court in 2022.

Outside hitter Julia Adams, returning for her senior season, led TCU with 285 kills in 2021. She was named to the All-Big 12 preseason team.

Horned Frogs will also bring back junior outside hitter Taylor Raiola, a versatile dual threat who averaged 2.89 kills and 2.14 digs per set.

With record defensive specialist Danny Dennison graduating, Bramschreiber, who recorded 212 digs in 2021, will have more defensive responsibilities. In addition to Bramschreiber’s passing, her elite jumping ability gives her hitting opportunities on the back row, allowing Frog to add even more versatility to her offense.

Senior middle blockers Alfedo Magnan and Mykayla Myers and senior setter Mackenzie Nichols are also back to give the Frogs more net experience.

TCU’s front row has struggled in 2021, finishing last in the Big 12 in batting average and penultimate in blocks. A handful of newcomers have a chance to make an immediate positive impact, including

“[Stewart] It’s an elite-level Terminator,” Williams said. “We’ve brought her in to celebrate her returning players and give us more power, speed and her ability to score more points.”

The Frogs are also adding freshman outfield hitter Jarin Gibson.

“I see many possibilities [Gibson]said Adams. “She’s only been here for a few weeks and I’ve already seen her grow as a person and as a player.”

In total, the Frogs add eight new players to their roster who have achieved success at the high school, club or college level. Williams said he was “very excited” when announcing the 2022 class.

“This class will help set the stage for how TCU Volleyball will move forward. Everyone who has been able to get to know them and their level of commitment will be a part of our future.” I think they are very excited and enthusiastic,” Williams said in a press release.

strength of unity

TCU Volleyball will focus on adapting to new standards, mindsets and routines before the start of the season. Williams said the team is already on the same page, even as new faces are added to the mix.

“or [cohesion] is a big strength,” Williams said. “A lot of times when the coaching staff changes, there can be issues in the locker room. We don’t have that.”

TCU Volleyball players and coaches share the same desire and commitment to create a winning environment, but there is one key piece of the puzzle that they cannot control.

Bramschreiber said Frog fans, with their support, provide an adrenaline rush that impacts the team’s performance on the court.

“I don’t think our fans realize how much of an impact they have on our energy on the court,” Bram Schlieber said. “It’s just more fun when you have your whole body behind you to support.”

Even in a losing season, TCU Volleyball set a record on 13 November 2021 against Baylor with 4,012 fans in attendance, with Williams sitting on the opposite bench.

“they [the team] We’re trying to absorb that energy,” Williams said. “Schollmeier is a great arena for volleyball. Crowd engagement helps.”

looking to the future

Williams said the Frogs have a “dream of winning the Big 12”. Whether you succeed or not, if you continue to “do things right,” you’ve achieved your goals.

Change doesn’t happen overnight, but a newfound mentality keeps the team on the right track. With a new perspective on the process, their success no longer has limits.

“We are redefining culture,” says Adams. “We are redefining what TCU Volleyball is and what it means to us.”

TCU kicks off the season on August 19 at 5 p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina against the University of Charleston.