2014 Volleyball Preview: Defensive Specialists/Liberos
Aug. 22, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa's volleyball team enters its 2014 campaign with one of the best liberos in Conference USA last season, as the second-year player Brooke Berryhill will look to replicate her stellar freshman season.
Berryhill, a C-USA second team and All-Freshman Team selection a year ago, was a vital part of the team's 18.33 digs per set, which led the nation in that category. She had one of the best seasons in program history, leading the Golden Hurricane with 565 total digs (4.67 d/s), good enough to be the fifth-best single season total at TU. Her best performance came on Nov. 15 at UTEP when she compiled a school-record 41 digs in the five-set match.
"As the libero, you are a huge part of the team," said Head Coach Ryan Wills. "Berryhill had a good first year. So we are going to work on developing who she is as an athlete and giving her a little bit more range so she can defend a bigger area of the court.
Kelsey Parks, a junior from Bentonville, Arkansas, has appeared in three matches for the Hurricane. Prior to Tulsa, she lettered three times in volleyball at Bentonville High School, and led her team to two straight Arkansas Class 7A State Championships.
Abigail Cachero, a sophomore from Broken Arrow
"Kelsey and Abigail do a really good job of working hard everyday," said Wills. "What I have been most impressed with them is that they've been getting better everyday. The defensive specialist/libero position as a whole has gotten better at a higher rate than any other position. A big part of that is what these two have done."
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