Sept. 23, 2016
TCU Game Notes
FORT WORTH, Texas - For only the second time in program history and the first of four times this season, the TCU volleyball team will appear on national television as the team travels to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m., live on ESPNU inside Hilton Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs (8-3, 1-0 Big 12) are coming off a 3-1 victory over Texas Tech to open league action, while the Cyclones (7-5, 0-1 Big 12) are looking to bounce back after dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 23 Kansas State on Wednesday.
-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
-In its final preseason match of the season, TCU downed No. 8 North Carolina with the win marking 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 won their conference opener for only the second time since joining the league in 2012 with the 3-1 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday
-The team is looking to start conference action 2-0 for the second time in program history on Sunday. In 2012, TCU started Big 12 play with wins over West Virginia & Texas Tech
-TCU is also looking for its first win in program history at the Hilton Coliseum as Iowa State holds a record of 4-0 in matches played in Ames
Last Time Out: Texas Tech
The pin hitters led the way on Wednesday night as the TCU volleyball team put together a 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-13, 25-14) victory over Texas Tech to open Big 12 Conference play in front of a sold out crowd at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.
The Horned Frogs (8-3, 1-0 Big 12) dominated the opening set against the Red Raiders (10-6, 0-1 Big 12) by hitting .472 with 19 kills, but had one too many errors in the second set as Texas Tech sneaked away with the win to even up the match. TCU rebounded by siding out over 70 percent of the time in the final two sets to finish out the win in four sets. TCU finished with 59 kills in the match to go along with 77 digs and nine total blocks, while holding the Red Raiders to only 37 kills and a .095 hitting percentage.
Scouting The Opponent: Iowa State
Iowa State enters the match only having won one of the team's last four matches. The only win the team has been able to secure in the last few weeks is a 3-0 seep of Missouri State. The Cyclones opened Big 12 play on Wednesday by dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 23 Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan.
Jess Schaben is pacing the Iowa State offense with 3.68 kills per set this season while also picking up 2.29 digs per set. Three other Cyclones are putting down over 2.00 kills per set with Genesis Miranda leading the way at 2.30 kills per set followed by Ciara Capezio at 2.22 and Alexis Conaway at 2.12.
Defensively, Iowa State had rotated three different players into the libero jersey for the season. Branen Berta has picked up 3.18 digs per set so far this season, followed by Abby Phillips at 3.06 digs per set. Capezio has also found her way into the libero position and has 2.67 digs per set this season. At the net, Grace Lazard is leading the team with 1.03 blocks per set which is good for No. 10 in the Big 12.