TCU Closes Non-Conference at SMU

Sept. 17, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The non-conference slate of the 2015 schedule will come to a close for the TCU volleyball team, as they head across town to take part in the SMU Doubletree Invitational on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, from Sept. 18-19.

The Horned Frogs (8-1) will open competition on Friday at 10:30 a.m., against UTSA (8-3), before closing out the day against the host Mustangs (7-2) at 7:30 p.m., inside the Moody Coliseum. The final match of the tournament will see TCU take on Clemson (5-4) at 1 p.m., on Saturday.

Admission to all of the matches is free and fans who can not attend the matches can see live stats available through GameTracker. A live video feed will be available for the match against SMU with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

Quick Hits
-The 2015 season marks the 20th season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program
-This season also marks the first under the helm of TCU alumni and Director of Volleyball Jill (Pape) Kramer
-Kramer (1996-99) was the first scholarship volleyball player on the inaugural team in 1996 and still holds the single-season and career school records in kills and total attacks
-TCU returns nine letterwinners and four starters plus the libero from a season ago, while also welcoming seven newcomers, including three transfers
-The Horned Frogs set a new program record by starting the season winning the first 15 straight sets
-For the third time in program history and first time since 2011, TCU started the season 5-0 after defeating Abilene Christian, Texas State, UTEP, Dartmouth and San Diego State
-Regan McGuire became the first player in TCU volleyball history and fifth player in Big 12 history to win three straight Big 12 weekly awards after garnering Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (8/31) and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (9/7) & (9/14)
-Outside hitters Jillian Bergeson and Ashley Smith are pacing the offensive attack with 2.54 and 2.59 kills per set, respectively
-TCU will stick with the 6-2 offense, as Alexia Heist is joined by transfer Kaylee Smith in guiding the offense this season
-With 1,808 assists in her career, Heist sits at No. 6 in the TCU career record books and could move into the No. 5 spot by totaling 482 assists this season.
-Sutton Sunstrum will be anchoring the back row from the libero position and became the 10th person in TCU volleyball history to hit 1,000 career digs
-TCU is nationally ranked in the top-20 in a pair of statistics - blocks per set (7th - 3.06) and hitting percentage (12th - 0.295)
-McGuire sits at No. 2 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.89 blocks per set

Series History
UTSA: The first match on Friday marks the fifth meeting between TCU and UTSA, with the Roadrunners winning the first three matches, before the Frogs took their first win in the series in 2010. This will be the third meeting between the two teams on neutral ground, with UTSA winning the previous two competitions in Denton and Houston.

First Meeting: 8/31/96 - UTSA wins 3-1 (15-7, 15-6, 7-15, 15-7)
Last Meeting: 9/17/10 - TCU wins 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-19)

SMU: The former Iron Skillet rivalry will be renewed in 2015, as TCU and SMU will face off for the first time since 2012. SMU holds the advantage in the series with an overall record of 11-5. The Mustangs won the inaugural meeting back in the first season of both programs, 1996, with a five-set victory in Arlington. SMU has the upper hand in the series record in matches played in Dallas with a 6-2 record. In the last match played in Dallas, TCU took the victory with a 3-1 win in 2011.

First Meeting: 9/7/96 - SMU wins 3-2 (6-15, 15-8, 15-12, 9-15, 15-12)
Last Meeting: 8/31/12 - TCU wins 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-15)

Clemson: TCU will face Clemson for the first time since 2002 when the teams faced off for the first time in program history. The Tigers came away with the victory in the first meeting with a 3-0 win in Clemson, S.C. Saturday's meeting marks the first time the teams will meet up on a neutral site.

First Meeting: 9/21/02 - Clemson wins 3-0 (30-21, 30-23, 30-26)



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