Volleyball Set for TCU Nike Invitational

Natalie Gower
Sept. 4, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will open its 2014 home slate with the TCU Nike Invitational on September 5-6 at the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs will take part in four matches this weekend starting with Grambling State on Friday at 12:30 p.m., and ending the day with Miami at 8 p.m. Saturday begins with a showdown with Prairie View A&M at 11 a.m., before wrapping up the tournament with UALR at 7 p.m. 

Admission to the tournament each day is $10 for adults, $5 for youth and free for TCU students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at GoFrogs.com or by visiting the ticket office this weekend located inside the Rec Center.

The first 50 faculty and staff employees can enjoy a free Chick-fil-A sandwich for their lunch at the 12:30 p.m., match against the Tigers, while the first 250 fans at the 8 p.m., match against the Hurricanes will receive a free TCU volleyball tank top.

Fans unable to attend the matches can see live stat updates through GoFrogs.com, while a live stream will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription. Jeff Lewis, Chuck LaMendola and Logan Mittie will be on the call for all four matches.

TCU Quick Hits
TCU returns for the 2014 season after posting a winning record for the ninth time in the last 12 years under head coach Prentice Lewis in 2013.

2014 marks the 19th season in program history and the 13th under the helm of Lewis. 14 returners will be on the roster for the Horned Frogs, including five returning starters and the libero.

TCU began the season on the road for the second straight season with the Penn State Classic, where they went 2-1 to start the season. The Frogs bounced back from a loss to the No. 1 Nittany Lions to sweep William & Mary and take a four-set victory over Iona.

This is the third season in a row TCU has gone 2-1 in the opening weekend. The Frogs have proven they can bounce back and be successful in non-conference play after the opening weekend, as the team won nine matches in 2012 and 2013 after one loss in the opening weekend.

Stephanie Holland leads the team with 37 kills on the season, which is good for No. 5 in the Big 12. Natalie Gower leads the league with a .559 hitting percentage, while Holland is ranked No. 5 with a .435 hitting percentage.

Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley are dishing out the assists for the second year in a row, with the duo recording 73 and 48 assists, respectively. Sutton Sunstrum held down the backcourt for TCU last weekend and finished with 35 digs and 3.89 digs per set.

Follow the Frogs
Audio for all away TCU volleyball matches is available through FrogVision on TCU's Offical Athletics Website, GoFrogs.com. Jeff Lewis will provide play-by-play and analysis for the all game in the 2014 season.

Video for all home TCU matches, that are not live on television, is streamed on FrogVision through GoFrogs.com with Lewis on the call. Audio and video both require a CBS Sports All-Access subscription for access to FrogVision. Visit GoFrogs.com for more information.

Breaking Down the Opponent - Grambling State
Grambling State enters the invitational with only one match under its belts. The Tigers lost to Alcorn State on Wednesday night in a tight five-set battle.

Brillante Osbourne was the only player with double-digit kills in the match with 10 to go along with a .381 hitting percentage. Kiara Finley was one kill shy of a triple-double with nine kills, 12 assists and 10 digs.

Finley was one of three players with double-digit digs along with Maya Lucas and Alleyah Hensley who led Grambling State with 13 digs each.

Breaking Down the Opponent - Miami
Miami is the only team with an undefeated record heading into the weekend after going 3-0 at the Hurricane Invitational last weekend.

The Hurricanes are led by senior captains and Preseason All-ACC selections Emani Sims and Savannah Leaf. Sims recorded 19 kills for a .417 hitting percentage, which is good for No. 5 in the ACC. Leaf recorded 38 kills a week ago and 4.75 kills per set in the three matches.

Haley Templeton and Kalysta White are currently ranked second in the ACC in their respective positions. Templeton guided the offense with 87 assists for 10.88 assists per set. White was key in the back row for Miami and picked up 32 digs and 5.33 digs per set.

Breaking Down the Opponent - Prairie View A&M
Prairie View A&M is 1-3 on the season and is looking for another win after two straight losses to Texas Southern and Houston Baptist.

The Panthers are led by Candyce Alexander on offense, who has posted 51 kills thus far this season and 3.19 kills per set. Mariah Cox and Lenicia Tyson are both averaging over 2.00 kills per set, with 2.21 and 2.50 kills per set, respectively.

Ana Kiso is running the offense with 141 assists to go along with 44 digs. LaKeisha Allen is leading the defensive effort for the Panthers with 79 digs and 4.94 digs per set.

Breaking Down the Opponent - UALR
UALR picked up their first win of the season with a 3-0 win over Rider in a tournament at Pacific this past weekend. The Trojans were able to take a set off of No. 5 USC in the tournament before snatching that first win.

Edina Begic is pacing the Trojan offense with 35 kills and 3.50 kills per set, while also picking up 23 digs and eight blocks. Sonja Milanovic and Carolee Dillard are also picking up kills for UALR with 26 and 20 kills on the season, respectively.

Guiding the offense is Megan Mathis with 81 assists to go along with 22 digs. Four players are picking up over 2.00 digs per set in matches, with Capri Rino leading the team with 35 digs and 3.89 digs per set.






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