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2018 Female Athlete of the Year Finalists: Anna Walsh

Walsh returns to the 2018 season as a team leader

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Sharon Ellman

Anna Walsh transferred from Virginia, but she’s been creating a strong legacy at TCU since she arrived. Walsh’s stats have been on the rise each year, and she’s seeing more game time each season. At Virginia, she saw 13 starts as a freshman in 2015. Her first year at TCU (2016) saw 22 starts, and she started 31 games in 2017. She leads the team with 328 kills, averaging 2.98 kills/game. Her hitting percentage is .308. Last season alone, she had 20 assists, 45 digs, and 122 blocks.* She was Pre-Season All-Big 12 in 2017, and followed that with All-Big 12 Second Team Honors. She was also named to the 2017 VolleyMob NIVC Dream Team, the NIVC All-Tournament Team, and the AVCA All-Southwest Region Team.

Walsh was particularly clutch last November, when TCU faced Kansas State in Manhattan. Walsh had a double-double, with 12 blocks and 15 kills. Her efforts kept the Wildcats from getting a big comeback win in front of the home crowd. This was Walsh’s first double-double in her career. She was the 11th player in TCU history with more than 10 blocks in a game and is tied for the second most in TCU Volleyball history.

All of this makes Anna Walsh a great candidate for Frogs O’ War Female Athlete of the Year.

*In case you aren’t familiar with Volleyball terminology, here’s a translation of Walsh’s stats:

side out: When the receiving team successfully puts the ball away against the team serving, or when he serving team commits an error, giving the ball to the receiving team.

kill: An offensive attack that leads to a point or side out.

block: A defensive play that deflects a spike from the opposing team back to their court.

assist: Passing or setting the ball for a teammate for a kill.

dig: Passing a spiked ball, particularly close to the floor.