TCU Welcomes No. 15 Kansas

Sept. 25, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - For the first time in over a month, the TCU volleyball team will return to its home court and will welcome No. 15 Kansas for a match-up at 3 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 26 inside the University Recreation Center.

The match between the Horned Frogs (10-3, 0-1) and the Jayhawks (13-0, 1-0) will air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with Chuck LaMendola and Pam Lea on the call. Tickets for the match are still available for purchase and can be bought at the ticket office inside the URC for $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Live Audio
Fans unable to attend the match at the Rec Center can see live stat updates through, while a live audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

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 2.98 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 417 more 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-35 in a pair of statistics - blocks per set (15th - 2.80) and hitting percentage (35th - 0.264)
-The Frogs blocking has been a key part of their game, as the team has posted double-digit total blocks seven times this sesason
-McGuire sits at No. 3 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.67 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 4 nationally in total blocks with 72

Series History
Kansas holds a 5-2 series advantage in the overall record with TCU, but the Frogs were able to snag the victory in the last meeting between the teams. After the Jayhawks were leading 2-0, TCU stormed back to take the next three sets and post the first win over Kansas since joining the Big 12 in 2012. The victory marked only only the second win for the Frogs after claiming the "W" in the first-ever match in 1999. Saturday's match will be the fourth time the teams have played in Fort Worth.

First Meeting: 9/10/99 - TCU wins 3-2 (5-15, 15-13, 9-15, 15-9, 15-5)
Last Meeting: 11/1/14 - TCU wins 3-2 (19-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 18-16)

Scouting the Opponent
Kansas remains one of only six teams in the nation with a perfect record, as the Jayhawks sit at 13-0 on the season. Kansas opened Big 12 action on Wednesday by facing in-state rival Kansas State, with the Jayhawks coming out victories with a 3-1 win at home.

The Kansas offense is one of the most efficient in the nation and is under the guidance of national assists leader Ainise Havili who averages 12.51 assists per set. Leading the balanced offense that averages a nation-best 15.49 kills per set is right side hitter Kelsie Payne, who puts down 4.00 kills per set and has a .415 hitting clip on the season. Tiana Dockery and Madison Rigdon also pose threats with 3.38 and 3.14 kills per set, respectively.

The Jayhawks are also getting it done from the backrow, with the team averaging 15.88 digs per set. Cassie Wait sits at No. 2 in the conference and No. 20 nationally with 5.14 digs per set. The defense is also very tough at the net, with Tayler Soucie leading the team with 51 total blocks and 1.19 blocks per set.

Last Time Out: Texas Recap
The TCU volleyball team dropped its Big 12 opening match to No. 2 Texas 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 29-27) on Wednesday night inside Gregory Gym in Austin, Texas.

After finding themselves down 11-5 in the third set, the Horned Frogs (10-3, 0-1) stormed back to tie the set 11 times and pushed the Longhorns (11-1, 1-0) to the limit. Texas ultimately came out on top and controlled the match with its .312 hitting clip and 10 total blocks to take the victory. Despite picking up more digs (53 to 52), TCU was held to a .192 hitting percentage and the Big 12 leaders in blocking could only put up four total blocks in the match.

Ashley Smith and Sarita Mikals each totaled double-digit kills on the night, with Mikals leading the way with 11 and Smith putting down 10. Kaylee Smith dished out a team-high 19 assists on the night and completed her first double-double of her career with 11 digs. Sutton Sunstrum controlled the back row with a team-high 15 digs.



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