Marci King has all the tools to be a top volleyball player. She will need to be more consistent in her play in order to take full advantage of those tools. In addition, King is on the verge of breaking many TCU career records, but needs to stay healthy and focused during the season. She led the team in each of her first two seasons in kills and finished second during her junior year. She needs 510 kills during the 2001 season to pass Jill Pape as the all-time kill leader. Both King and Lindsay Hayes have played in 93 consecutive matches, they will each need to play in the first four matches of the season to pass Jill Pape for the all-time consecutive matches played record. She sits third on the career total attacks list with 2,818; she needs 45 to pass Amy Atamanczuk for second. 263 digs will move King to the head of the class for career digs. She needs 49 aces to take over first in that category, and she will likely move up the career list for blocks as well.
King found her numbers falling from her sophomore season as a healthy Amy Atamanczuk returned. However, King managed to finish second on the team in attacks (963), assists (86), kills (400) and digs (342). She was fourth in number of aces with 25 over her 124 games. She averaged 0.75 blocks per game, also good for fourth on the squad. King played in all 33 matches, one of six players to do so. King set three new career high marks during the season — 9 assists at SMU (Nov. 10), 26 digs versus Cal State-Fullerton during the TCU Invitational (Sept. 16), and 6 blocks three different times. She had an amazing 16 double-double matches during her junior season, including three 20+ kill matches (24 versus San Francisco, 21 at San Jose State, 20 against Tulsa). Her 26 digs against Cal State-Fullerton set a school record for digs in a match. King finished 2000 fourth on the career games played list with 331; 44 games will move her into third, 76 into second and 108 into first.
While King’s numbers dipped some from her initial season, she still was the team leader in several statistical categories. While missing just a handful of games, King was second in that category behind junior setter Lindsay Hayes. With all the playing time, King proved worth the time, leading the team in kills (300), kills per game (3.09), total attacks (836), service aces (33) and aces per game (0.34). While leading the team in the same categories in conference matches, King also was the team leader in digs and digs per game for WAC-only matches. On the attack, King was as active and accurate as her first season for the most part. She topped the 10-kill mark 17 times. Twice she topped the 20-kill mark, the fifth and sixth times of her career. Defensively, King also had 14 matches of 10 or more digs. One of those matches, a 3-1 win against Rice on Nov. 26, King dug 20 Rice attacks. Combined with her season-high 26 digs, King became the first player in TCU history to have two 20+ kill, 20+ dig matches. On 11 occasions, a team-best, King had 10 or more kills and digs giving her a career total of 23. King, perhaps, saved her best volleyball for the final two matches of the season in the wins against Rice and Tulsa on Nov. 26 and 27. Combined, King hit .347 with 37 kills, 11 errors and 75 attacks. She also tallied a combined 33 digs. For her effort, King earned her second-ever WAC Player of the Week award.
King became the first TCU player to win a post-season honor as she was named Co-Freshman of the Year of the WAC Mountain Division with Colorado State middle blocker Angela Knopf. In her award-winning season, King led TCU in several categories in 1998 as she played in all 110 games in all 30 TCU matches. She led the Horned Frogs with 386 kills and 3.51 kills per game. In WAC play, King led the Frogs with 191 kills, 3.54 per game, 150 digs and 2.78 digs per game. King proved valuable in her first collegiate match landing 10 kills with two errors in 21 attempts for a .381 hitting percentage in a 3-1 win on Sept. 1 at North Texas. She slammed 10 kills and dug 11 balls in a 1-3 loss on Sept. 4 against Hofstra. In a 2-3 marathon loss at Houston on Sept. 21, King recorded her second double-double of the season with 22 kills and 18 digs. King recorded three consecutive double-figure kill matches in the first three matches of the TCU Invitational on Sept. 18-19. In the third-match of nine consecutive with 10 or more kills, King landed a TCU high 33 kills in a 1-3 loss to Texas-Arlington on Sept. 29. King hit .394 (33 kills, seven errors, 66 attempts) in the match with UTA. The 33 kills was the highest mark among all WAC athletes and was the second-highest in school history. The 66 attempts was also a TCU season high. King’s 3.51 kills per game ranked 11th in the WAC and her 0.34 service aces per game was 10th amongst WAC performers.
A four-year standout at The Woodlands High School in the Houston suburb, King won four letters for head coach Tina Hinojosa. She was twice named the MVP of District 15-5A and was a three time All-District selection. King was named the Montgomery County Offensive Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996 and was named the Defensive Player of the Year in Montgomery County in 1997. King was a second-team All-Greater Houston selection and was named to the Texas All-Star team in 1997. Outside of high school, King played for Club Texas Juniors under head coach Debbie Sokol along with TCU setter Lindsay Hayes.
Marci Leigh King was born on March 10, 1980, in Conroe, Texas. King is a journalism major.