2013 VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW PART 4: DEFENSIVE SPECIALISTS AND LIBERO
Aug 26, 2013
TULSA,Okla. - The least experience position on the University of Tulsa volleyball team for the 2013 season is the back row defense - defensive specialist and libero.
TU returns one player, a sophomore, and adds two incoming freshmen.
"We are going to have to grow together," TU head coach Steven McRoberts said. "Just like every other position, they are going to go through the nerves and they are going to have to work through somethings."
The one returning player is Kelsey Parks and played in three matches last season.
"She has made a lot of improvements from last year," McRoberts said. "Defensively she does a good job. She's a hustle player. We're hoping that we can keep seeing her improve, especially in her serve receive game."
Berryhill, a four-year letterwinner at the Northwest High School, became the school's all-time career digs leader with 2,707 and service aces with 172.
The Waco, Texas native was named the Defensive Player of the Year three times in Wise County and was a first-team all-district player three times.
"Brooke Berryhill has come in as a freshman and won the libero job," McRoberts said. "That's something that we're excited about her athleticism and her ability to serve receive. She makes a lot of plays on the court.
"We're going to need her to get experience fast. She's played a high level of club ball. She's done a good job in her passing, which has bumped her up ahead of the class of the DS and libero."
Cachero, a two-year letterwinner at Broken Arrow High School, was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association all state in 2012. The Broken Arrow, Okla., was recognized as the Frontier Conference MVP in 2012 and earned all-tournament team accolades in six tournaments in 2011 and 2012.
"One thing that we're going to keep working with Abby on is confidence," McRoberts said. "Abby is still learning the system, getting in the right spots and making the routine plays. I can see her growing a lot this year as a freshman."
Tulsa lost libero Jessica Adams, who left TU with a school record of 2,437 digs. Adams finished her career second in the Conference USA, 14 digs from first place.
"In my opinion, she was a top 10 libero in the country," McRoberts said. "She was a great serve receive passer and she was a great defender, but she was a great competitor.
"Hopefully Brooke can bring that too. We see her as a very competitive person."
Tulsa starts the 2013 season in Dayton, Ohio in the Dayton Invitational this weekend. TU plays host No. 22 Flyers on Friday at 6 p.m. and then plays two matches on Saturday with Missouri State at 9 a.m. and Northeastern at 4:30 p.m.
The Golden Hurricane begins the 2013 home campaign on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. in Donald W. Reynolds Center.
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