April 12, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Taylor Fricano, a 6-foot-4 outside hitter from Palatine, Ill., will join the University of Wisconsin volleyball team this fall, head coach Kelly Sheffield announced today.
“I’ve known Taylor for over three years and I am so excited to be able to coach her moving forward,” said Sheffield. “She’s still fairly new to the game relative to a lot of other players, but she has big-time potential. Last summer she was touching 10 feet, 6 inches without any strength training at all. She puts up a monster block and although not very polished yet, I think she’ll end up being a really good attacker. She’s a confident kid, a really hard worker, and wants to be a great player.”
Fricano, who is projected to play either left-side or right-side hitter, was ranked No. 33 on PrepVolleyball.com’s Senior Aces list. She was also a 2012 PrepVolleyball.com special mention All-American.
Fricano played at Palatine High School under coach Dan Gavin, earning first-team all-state honors by the Champaign News Gazette. She also earned all-area honors by the Daily Herald and Chicago Sun Times.
Fricano recorded 293 kills, while hitting .339, and added 231 digs, 43 blocks and 41 service aces as a senior. She aided the Pirates to conference and regional championships her final season, earning Mid-Suburban League Player of the Year honors.
Fairly new to the game, Fricano began playing volleyball her freshman year of high school and is only her third season of playing club volleyball.
She plays with Sky High Volleyball Club under coach Scott Harris. Her team finished fifth at the 2012 AAU Junior Championships and 19th at the 2012 USA Junior Nationals. This season, Sky High won the Mid-Eastern Qualifier in Indianapolis, took third at the Louisville Bluegrass Tournament and fifth in the Windy City Power League.
Fricano joins the incoming Badgers freshman class that also includes Tori Blake, Lauren Carlini and Haleigh Nelson.