Volleyball team opens season with NCAA tournament in mind

The women’s volleyball team will open their season with four home games in 2009.

The Horned Frogs will play against the University of Arkansas on Friday, and against both Grambling State and Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Junior outside hitter Irene Hester said that she is excited about the upcoming games, which will help the four incoming freshmen gain experience. The games will also help the team in reaching its goal of making it to the NCAA tournament. She said that the team has more heart this season and will strive every moment to accomplish its goal.

Hester said that the toughest competition will be served at Colorado State University on Sept. 26 and at the University of Utah on Oct. 8.

Katelyn Blackwood, a libero, or non-rotating defensive specialist, and one of the four seniors on the team, said she is also looking forward to the 2009 season, including the weekend games.

“We’re really excited this season to show everybody that we’re not just potential. We’re a really good team and we’re going to put it all together,” Blackwood said.

She recognizes the competitive force of Colorado State and Utah, but Blackwood is especially hoping to beat rival team Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah on Oct. 10.

“I always look forward to good competition, but especially good competition at home,” Blackwood said.

Head coach Prentice Lewis said that all four seniors have really stepped up into leadership roles. This will be Blackwood’s second season as the full-time libero.

Lewis said the motto of the team this year is all about potential.

“You’ve got to prove potential,” said Lewis. “You can’t use that word until you actually show it.”

TCU Women’s

Friday: 7 p.m. against Arkansas

Saturday: 1 p.m. against Grambling State

Saturday: 7 p.m. against Loyola Marymount

All games located in the University Recreation Center