TCU Volleyball hungry for more than just a tournament bid


Regan McGuire goes up for a hit in the TCU vs. UTAP volleyball game in TCU’s Rec Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 29, 2015.

The TCU Volleyball team earned its second NCAA tournament appearance in program history Sunday, but head coach Jill Kramer said she isn’t satisfied with just making the tournament.

“If this is our starting point, then I like that,” Kramer said. “But my goal is for TCU volleyball to hold national championships.”

Kramer credited people like head football coach Gary Patterson and head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle for bringing national prominence to TCU athletics. Kramer said she wants that attention for volleyball as well.

“We’ve got the talent, we’ve got the athletes,” Kramer said. “But they have to be the best team.”

TCU will head to College Station on Friday to take on the University of Hawaii in the first round of the tournament.

When asked about her opponent, Kramer said that team is very different from TCU.

Kramer said Hawaii is “a little more one dimensional” as most of their points come through one player, while she said that TCU likes to “spread things out.”

“I’m not really worried about what’s going on on the other side of the net so much,” Kramer said. “I’m more focused on how we’re practicing every day.”

If TCU wins Friday they will play the winner of the Texas A&M and Texas A&M Corpus Christi match, which will be played later that same night.

Kramer said she was really proud of her team, but doesn’t think that she’s gotten the most out of them yet.

“There are a lot of things I feel we can be a lot better at, but I don’t feel like the season’s anywhere near over,” Kramer said. “I don’t think I can stop and feel like ‘oh wow we made it’ ever. I don’t think I’m ever going to get there. If I do I should probably stop coaching.”