Jenn Cuca, originally a non-scholarship athlete, begins her fourth season as a part of the Horned Frog volleyball program. With her strong work ethic and love of the game, Cuca will be asked to lead as she is one of two seniors on the 2002 TCU volleyball squad. Playing either at the outside hitter or libero spots on the court, she has a strong knowledge of the game and good defensive skills. Her experience and maturity will help to develop the younger players on the squad. With a solid season, Cuca can realistically crack the top five career lists with 141 kills, 471 attacks, and 223 digs. To move into the TCU career top 10 lists, Cuca will need four aces and 43 blocks during 2002.
Cuca posted another strong season as she started 23 of 28 matches during the season and saw time in 99 of 106 games. She was one of four Frogs to play in all 28 matches. In the Frogs’ first meeting with Saint Louis, Cuca had a career high 19 kills. She equalled her career best for attacks (53) and blocks (3) in the Sept. 20 match against Southern Miss. Cuca finished second on the team in digs with 204 and third in kills with 224. She led the squad in kills on five occasions, in attacks seven times, in digs six times, and in aces seven times. Cuca moved into the top 10 career lists in seven categories. She finished 2001 in sixth for total attacks (1,283), seventh for kills (413), eighth for assists (62) and digs (489), ninth for assists per game (0.25), and 10th for games played (251) and kills per game (1.65). In 2001, Cuca put together six double-doubles, including a 16 kill-10 dig outing in the Frogs’ upset win against conference rival Houston on Nov. 6.
Cuca had an outstanding second season with the Frogs. She saw time in 107 games during 32 matches in 2000. Her ability to attack at the net and also play defense helped her achieve four double-doubles during the season. Cuca finished the season No. 12 on the lists for career kills (189) and digs (285), and 13th in career total attacks (601). A good season overall, she set new career bests in all six categories. She was one of five VolleyFrogs to receive WAC All-Academic honors.
Coming out of high school, Cuca was forced into the lineup on a regular basis at defensive specialist. Her playing time was, however, unbalanced between the first and second halves of the season. She played in 18 matches during the year, but in only three during conference play. Playing the role of floor defense, Cuca didn’t have extraordinary stats, but gained valuable playing experience that would benefit her in future years. Trained as an outside hitter in high school, Cuca did see time at the net, earning her first career start at attacker starting against Northern Iowa on Sept. 3 for the injured Jill Pape. Cuca had three kills and seven digs in the three-game loss to the Panthers.
A two-year letterwinner at Burnsville High School in Burnsville, Minn. Cuca set the school record for hitting percentage in a season in her senior year with a .375 mark. She was named all-conference following both her senior and junior seasons. Cuca played for Maurice Batie in the Northern Lights volleyball club. Academically, Cuca was a member of the National Honor Society.
Born on Dec. 19, 1981, Jennifer “Jenn” Cuca is the daughter of Andrew and Linda Cuca. She is an advertising and public relations major.