TCU Opens Big 12 Play at West Virginia

Mattie Burleson is third in the Big 12 in blocks.

Mattie Burleson is third in the Big 12 in blocks.

Sept. 21, 2012

TCU MATCH NOTES

FORT WORTH -- The TCU women’s volleyball team kicks off its inaugural Big 12 season Saturday when it travels to West Virginia for a 4 p.m., CST matchup.

TCU is 11-2 on the year and is coming off a weekend that saw it go 2-1 at the TCU Molten Invitational. In the lone loss, the Horned Frogs pushed No. 3-ranked USC into overtime in two of three sets. West Virginia is 8-6 and 0-1 in Big 12 action after falling to Texas on Aug. 29.

The Big 12 is the third conference for TCU in the 11 years that Prentice Lewis has been at the helm of the Frog volleyball program. A year ago, the league finished first in the nation in conference RPI and sent seven teams to the NCAA tournament.

Junior Yvonne Igodan has led the Frogs offensively, racking up 3.77 kills per set, while posting a .374 attack percentage. Both of those numbers are good for third-best in the Big 12. Senior Megan Munce leads the league at 0.60 aces per set.

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 2012 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.

Live stats for this weekend’s matches are available through GameTracker on GoFrogs.com. Live video for Saturday’s match at West Virginia is available through WVUsports.com.

TCU ALL-TIME VERSUS WEST VIRGINIA
TCU and West Virginia have met just once in their history as the Horned Frogs took down the Mountaineers 3-0 in 2009 on their way to the NCAA tournament.

*TCU and West Virginia played in Akron, Ohio as part of the Akron Invitational. The Frogs claimed a 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-9) triumph.
*Saturday’s meeting will be the first between Prentice Lewis and Jill Kramer, who is a TCU alum.
*Prior to joining the Big 12 on July 1, 2012, TCU was set to join the Big East Conference. West Virginia is a former Big East member who also decided to join the Big 12.

SOME CONFERENCE NOTES
TCU is 8-8 all-time in its conference openers, including knocking off New Mexico in its Mountain West opener a year ago.

*In its 17th season of existence, TCU volleyball is beginning play in its fourth conference and third with Prentice Lewis as head coach.
*TCU was a member of the WAC from 1996-2000, a Conference USA member from 2001-2004 and part of the Mountain West from 2005 to 2011.
*The Frogs lost their first match as a member of the WAC in 1996, were winners in 2000 in the C-USA opener and fell in 2005 in their Mountain West debut.
*TCU is 95-146 all-time in conference play. The best mark in history was a 13-3 season in 2009 when TCU earned its lone NCAA tournament berth.

THE KRAMER CONNECTION
West Virginia head coach Jill Kramer, who is in her third year as the Mountaineers’ head coach, is a TCU graduate and played for the Frogs from 1996-1999.

*Kramer was part of the first TCU volleyball graduating class, as well as the first team to play for TCU in 1996.
*She played under the name Jill Pape while at TCU and is still TCU’s career leading in kills with 1,595, while racking up a TCU single-season best of 626 in 1996.
*Kramer graduated from TCU in 2000 with a degree in marketing and began her coaching career at the club level in Fort Worth.

THE BIG 12 ERA BEGINS
TCU and Prentice Lewis have certainly been no stranger to switching conferences as Lewis is entering her third league at the helm of the Frogs and TCU is in its fourth since adding volleyball in 1996.

*Three Big 12 squads are represented in the AVCA Coaches Poll with Texas leading the way at No. 9. Kansas State is ranked 11th, while Iowa State is 19th.
*The league finished 2011 with the nation’s best RPI and advanced seven teams to the NCAA tournament.
*For the sixth-straight year in 2011, at least three Big 12 teams advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals.
*TCU was picked to finish seventh by a vote of the league’s coaches. Additionally, junior middle blocker Yvonne Igodan was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team.


 

 


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