TCU Opens Big 12 Play at Texas


Sept. 22, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will kick-off its Big 12 Conference slate by traveling to defending league champion and No. 2 Texas for a 7 p.m., showdown on Wednesday, Sept. 23 inside Gregory Gym in Austin, Texas.

The match between the Horned Frogs (10-2) and the Longhorns (10-1) will air live on the Longhorn Network with Paul Sunderland & Nell Fortner on the call. The match will mark the 10th meeting between the teams in program history.

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)
-A balanced attack paces the TCU offense with four players averaging over 2.00 kills per set
-Ashley Smith leds the offense with 2.95 kills per set, while fellow outside Jillian Bergeson is putting down 2.19 kills per set
-TCU will stick with the 6-2 offense, as Alexia Heist is joined by transfer Kaylee Smith in guiding the offense this season
-With 1,858 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 432 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-25 in a pair of statistics - blocks per set (11th - 2.91) and hitting percentage (25th - 0.270)
-The Frogs blocking has been a key part of their game, as the team has posted double-digit total blocks seven times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 2 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.77 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 5 nationally in total blocks with 71

Series History
Texas has held the advantage in the series record and won all nine meetings between the programs. The first match came in 2009 in the second round of the NCAA Championship, which the Longhorns won, 3-0. Texas has swept nearly all of the matches until TCU won a set for the first time in 2013. This will mark the sixth meeting between the programs in Austin.

First Meeting: 12/4/09 - Texas wins 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-18)
Last Meeting: 11/26/14 - Texas wins 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18)

Scouting The Opponent
Texas has been nearly perfect in the preseason with a 10-1 record, including a 2-1 record against ranked foes. The lone loss on the season has been to then-No. 4 Florida, who defeated the Longhorns, 3-1. Texas has picked up seven of its victories in sweeps, while being forced to the fifth set in two matches.

Amy Neal is pacing the Longhorn offense and the Big 12 with 4.00 kills per set, to go along with 2.11 digs and 13 total blocks on the year. Preseason Big 12 Co-Player of the Year Chiaka Ogbogu has put down 2.85 kills per set and his hitting a staggering .425 clip. Chloe Collins is dishing out the assists with 10.69 assists per set, while also picking up 2.08 digs per set.

Texas sits at No. 2 in the league in blocking with 2.56 blocks per set, while Ogbogu shutting down the net with 1.23 blocks per set. Morgan Johnson is following close behind with 1.04 blocks per set, while Molly McCage is good for 0.95 blocks per set.

SMU Doubletree Invitational Recap
In the final weekend of non-conference action for TCU, the Horned Frogs were able to finished out the weekend with a 2-1 record. Traveling just a short distance across the Metroplex to the campus of SMU, TCU was able to come away with victories over UTSA (3-1) and Clemson (3-1) and ultimately fell to the host Mustangs (3-2) in the team's first five-set match of the season.

Ashley Smith and Sarita Mikals were named to the all-tournament team for TCU. Smith led the team with 48 kills, 3.69 kills per set to go along with a .328 hitting percentage. Smith also picked up 3.08 digs per set and totaled five blocks and five service aces on the weekend. Mikals totaled 22 kills on the weekend, while also totaling 35 digs and 15 total blocks.


 

 

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