As the 2018 beach season approaches, Missouri State is bolstering its roster in its inaugural season in the sand by adding a pair of graduate transfers. The first, Taylor Fricano, comes from North Carolina, while Ivy Reynolds, formerly of Lindenwood, joins her in the program.
Fricano should be in line to play up at the net at 6’4″. The native of Palatine, Illinois originally attended Wisconsin for two years – redshirting one and appearing in seven sets in the other. Following that she transferred to North Carolina, where she spent her last three seasons and averaged 1.05 blocks per set.
Fricano’s highlight year came in 2016 when she notched 173 kills on a .327 mark with 158 blocks for a 29-4 Tar Heels bunch that made it to the Sweet 16. That helped her earn a part on the All-ACC Second Team.
Reynolds appear to be more of an option for passing and defense as a 5’11” former setter, defensive specialist and right side. That versatility should help in the sand as the ex-Lindenwood product played in 385 sets for her career and recorded 1,119 assists (2.91 per set), 804 digs (2.09 per set), 186 kills (0.48 per set), 80 blocks (0.21 per set) and 57 aces (0.15 per set).
The two join a roster for the Bears that consists of 15 players for 2018 now. Their first ever season as a program will start up on March 2 as they head to Nebraska to start up a 17 match slate.