TCU Heads to UNC Greensboro

Freshman Ashley Smith leads all players with 112 kills on the season and 2.95 kills per set.

Freshman Ashley Smith leads all players with 112 kills on the season and 2.95 kills per set.

Sept. 19, 2013

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will take its five-match winning streak to UNC Greensboro, as the Horned Frogs are set to participate in the Spartan Spiketacular on Sept. 20-21 in the Fleming Gym.

TCU will play North Carolina Central on Friday at 3 p.m., before playing George Mason on Saturday at 10 a.m., and then concluding the tournament with host UNC Greensboro at 6 p.m.

The Frogs are coming off a stellar week, where the team posted five wins at home. TCU first swept North Texas Wednesday night before taking all four matches in the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational against Stephen F. Austin (3-1), Houston (3-1), Grambling State (3-0) and Ole Miss (3-2).

Yvonne Igodan and Stephanie Holland were named Co-MVPs of the invitational, while Ashley Smith was named to the all-tournament team. Igodan led TCU with 53 kills and 3.12 kills per set last week, including 20 kills in the last match against Ole Miss and a .704 hitting percentage. Holland and Smith each finished with 43 kills a piece last week, while Holland also recorded 15 blocks.

TCU will be facing North Carolina Central and UNC Greensboro for the first time in program history, while the Frogs hold a 2-0 advantage over George Mason in the series.

 

ON THE AIR AND ON THE WEB
-Audio for all TCU volleyball matches is available through FrogVision on TCU's Offical Athletics Website, GoFrogs.com. Jeff Lewis will provide play-by-play and analysis throughout the 2013 season.
-Video for all home TCU matches 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 - NCCU
-The 2013 season has been a struggle for North Carolina Central as the Eagles are 0-13 overall and have won just one set in those matches.
-NCCU dropped a home contest to East Carolina in three sets in its most recent outing.
-Da'Sha Brown leads the way offensively with 95 kills, while Kalin Russell has 88 kills.
-Kelsey Murphy owns a squad-high 87 digs, while Brown has also recorded 70 digs.
-North Carolina Central is hitting .086 as a team and has recorded 8.30 kills per set, while also chipping in 445 digs at 11.12 digs per set.
-This is the first meeting between the teams.

BREAKING DOWN THE OPPONENT - GEORGE MASON
-George Mason enters this weekend with a 3-8 overall record with victories against UMBC, Coppin State and New Hampshire.
-Lana Zonjic leads the Patriot offense with a team-best 108 kills, 3.48 per set and five service aces.
-Bernetta Moore paces the back row having tallied 202 digs and 4.70 per set.
-GMU has exceled at blocking thus far this season, ranking eighth in the nation with 2.86 blocks per set.
-Lolade Owokoniran is the Patriots' individual leader in the statistic with 63 total blocks and an average of 1.47 per set.
-This is the 3rd meeting between the two teams as TCU leads the series 2-0.
-First Meeting: Sept. 2, 2005 - TCU 3, George Mason 0
-Last Meeting: Sept. 11, 2010 - TCU 3, George Mason 0

BREAKING DOWN THE OPPONENT - UNC GREENSBORO
-The Spartans lost two out of three matches last weekend at the University of Georgia's Benson's Invitational, defeating North Florida in four sets and dropping decisions to Louisiana (3-0) and the host Bulldogs (3-1).
-Senior middle hitter Olivia Humphries was named to the all-tournament team after tallying 32 kills, 19 digs, three aces and four blocks.
-Humphries leads the Spartan offensive efforts with 108 kills, while ranking second on the team in hitting percentage at .215.
-Defensively, sophomore libero Katherine Santiago paces UNCG with 137 digs and 4.15 digs per set and is ranked eighth in the Southern Conference.
-Junior middle hitter Vicky Harley is the Blue and Gold's main force at the net, owning a team-high average of 0.91 blocks per set.
-This is the first meeting between the teams.


 

 


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