VB Preview: Texas Tech

Sept. 20, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will kick-off Big 12 action at home for only the second time in program history as they welcome Texas Tech on Wednesday, Sept. 21 to The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center. First serve is slated for 7 p.m., and the match will air live on FSSW+ with Chuck LaMendola and Alexia Heist on the call.

The Horned Frogs (7-3) and the Red Raiders (10-5) will be meeting up for the 14th time in program history on Wednesday. Last season, TCU was able to pick up two sweeps over Texas Tech during conference action to improve to 7-6 all-time against the Red Raiders.

Quick Hits
-The 2016 season marks the 21st season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program
-This season also marks the second under the helm of 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 10 letterwinners and five starters from a season ago and also welcome nine newcomers, including three transfers
-91% of the offense returns for the 2016 season along with 95% of the defense at the net in blocking
-The squad includes seven seniors this season including All-American Ashley Smith and AVCA All-Southwest Region honorees Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower
-Smith, who has led the team in kills per set the last three seasons, was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team for the second straight season
-Two other key returners are Sarita Mikals and Jillian Bergeson who spent their springs honing their skills on the beach courts
-The Frogs have great offensive depth which means a 6-2 will be in play again with Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou guiding the offense
-TCU brought in a stud of a freshmen class which was ranked for the first time in program history by Prepvolleyball.com by coming in at No. 15
-Mikals recently broke the school record for digs in a single match as the senior picked up 36 in the five-set come back against Duke on Sept. 2
-Last weekend, TCU went 2-1 at the Horned Frogs Challenge with a 3-0 win over Sam Houston State and a 3-2 upset victory over No. 8 North Carolina
-The win over the Tar Heels marked the second top-10 win in program history and second straight season the team has achieved that feat
-TCU has a very balanced offensive attack with five players currently averaging over 2.00 kills per set
-The Frogs are looking to win their first conference match of the season for only the second time in program history. TCU last won its league opener in 2012 with a 3-2 at West Virginia.
-This is also only the second time in program history TCU has opened the conference season at home. The last time came in 2013 when they dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 5 Texas

Last Time Out: Horned Frogs Challenge
The TCU volleyball team wrapped up preseason action with a 2-1 showing at the final tournament - the Horned Frogs Challenge. The Frogs posted a 3-0 sweep of Sam Houston State, before dropping a 3-1 decision to SMU. TCU closed out the weekend with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over No. 8 North Carolina for the team's second top-10 win in program history.

Ashley Smith and Natalie Gower were named to the All-Tournament team with Smith being the leader in the 3-2 win over UNC. The senior totaled 15 kills in the match on 29 swings with no errors for a season- and career-high .517 hitting clip to go along with 16 total digs. Gower finished out the three matches with 19 kills, a .422 hitting percentage and 11 total blocks.

Scouting the Opponent: Texas Tech
Texas Tech sits at 10-5 on the year after a preseason where they strung together all 10 wins in a row. The Red Raiders only picked up one win last week as they downed Rice, 3-2, before dropping straight-set matches to Texas State, Wichita State and UTSA.

Lauren Douglass is pacing the offense and the defense at the net with 3.24 kills per set, a .399 hitting clip and 1.22 blocks per set. The senior is ranked in the top 30 nationally in hitting percentage, while also ranking in the top of the conference in total blocks (66). Four other players are putting down over 2.00 kills per set with Toni McDouglad chipping in 2.37 kills per set.

From the backrow, Reyn Akiu is leading the way with 4.91 digs per set which is ranked No. 41 nationally and No. 2 in the conference. Akiu is also pacing the team in service aces with 16 on the year, while Douglass has 11 service aces. Marguerite Grubb is dishing out the assists this season with 10.25 assists per set to go along with 2.15 digs per set.

Clear Bag Policy
Only the following items will be permitted upon entrance into TCU athletics facilities:
-Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceeding 14 inches by 14 inches
-One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
-One unopened bottle of water
-Small clutch bags with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags
-The Small clutch bags must be approximately the size of a hand 
-Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at stadium/arena gates
-Backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags will not be allowed



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