The next game in our season recap series is TCU Indoor Volleyball. The 2022 season was not a good one for the Frogs, but with first-year head coach Jason Williams, there was hope and a step in the right direction for an event that would usher in a new era next season.
The Frogs finished a total of 8-18 with a 2-14 record in conference play with an extremely tough schedule with 6 top ten matchups during the season, with 1 and 2 teams from the country in Texas and Wisconsin, respectively. The season for the Big 12 / Big 10 Challenge began in Madison, Wisconsin, where the Frogs lost two tough games to Wisconsin as well as the top ten ranked Minnesota team. TCU then set a record of winning 16 sets in a row by winning the best 5 sets of the season, including the first set in a 5-set defeat to the Houston Baptists. A 5-set win over Oklahoma at Fort Worth before a win over Incarnate Word before losing a tough 4 game for the Frogs. After losing a back-to-back game against the Longhorns in Austin, TCU will split the series against Kansas State in Fort Worth, with both games running in 4 sets. Unfortunately, the Frogs will not be able to win a second game for the rest of the season but will set a record of 5-set defeat to the top-ranked Baylor team. More than 4,000 fans attended the game which is a great sign for the event to move forward. As we have seen in TCU Basketball this past season, the improved fan atmosphere can have a profound effect on a team’s success, speed and recruitment in the offseason.
Honors and awards:
The Frogs set a record this year with the most academic All-Big 12 picks in program history, with 10 picks in the first and second teams. Maddie Cole, Danny Dennison, Alyssa Hest, Mikayla Myers, Mackenzie Nichols, Bella Swafford and Ashley Wehrstein were all named in the first team, while Taylor Riola, Aphedo Manyang and Audrey Nals were named second-team honors.
It is impossible to talk about TCU volleyball without mentioning the huge impact on the program of veteran Jill Kramer. Kramer was not only the head coach since 2014, but also the first scholarship athlete on TCU’s volleyball team in the history of the event and had a record of kills, kills per set, and total attacks. She led Frogs to two NCAA post-season births and as head coach as well as two trips to the NVIC post-season tournament. Kramer led the team to victory over the top 10 rivals, leaving Texas the only conference defeat of the 2015 season in Austin. Kramer and TCU split after the 2021 season, but its impact on the show is irreplaceable.
Looking forward to:
This offseason, Jason Williams has been named the new head coach of TCU Volleyball. Williams was previously Baylor’s assistant head coach and previously coached at the junior club level in Texas. TCU has proven to be an attractive option for recruitment as it has been brought in the top 5 category in 2019. In addition, Williams will have experience training at the grassroots level in the state of Texas and enrolling at the college level in Baylor. Another ideal environment for recruitment. Williams has done a great job filling out assistant coaching positions by appointing former Frog Lauren Otto Rao, who helped the volleyball team participate in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 2009 and helped Keller High School qualify for the 2022 state championship game. As their head coach. Williams hired Morgan Thomas as recruitment coordinator and assistant coach. Thomas had stops at Texas Tech, Pitt and Texas A&M Corpus Christi as assistant coaches. Operations Director Mackenzie Keenan, Assistant Coach Kyle Luongo and Volunteer Assistant Rally Killin were all retained by Williams and should provide continuity and ease of transition between coaches at the event. Frogs returned most of his production from last year’s team as top setter Mackenzie Nichols will return for her senior season with almost all the top attackers, including Julia Adams and Taylor Riola, who hit more than 200 last season. Next season has a strong recruitment class with great return for frogs, good coaching appointments in the off season and 4 high school recruits and 3 transfers that need to be contributed immediately. .
Next season’s schedule:
The first home games of the regular season should be good as they will face No. 1 ranked Wisconsin and No. 7 ranked Minnesota again on August 26 and 27. The home games against Texas A&M and Alabama highlight the rest of the non-conference schedule, and in the new home and home setup of the conference games, rival boilers and Texas will each travel to Fort Worth once.
All signs that the 2022 season of the first year of the Williams era points to an exciting season for TCU volleyball. TCU fans need to #packthescholly this fall to support the frogs.