Horned Frogs Welcome Iowa State


Alexia Heist
Sept. 26, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will open Big 12 play at home by welcoming Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 27, with first serve set for 2:35 p.m., live on FOX Sports Southwest inside the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs (10-5, 0-1 Big 12) are coming off a road loss to Texas Tech in a mid-week matchup, while the Cyclones (7-3, 0-0 Big 12) defeated two in-state rivals in Iowa and Northern Iowa this past week and will open their league schedule on Saturday in Fort Worth.

Chuck LaMendola and Logan Mittie will be on the call for the match on FOX Sports Southwest. Fans unable to attend the match can see live stat updates through GoFrogs.com, while a live audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

TCU QUICK HITS

TCU returns for the 2014 season after posting a winning record for the ninth time in the last 12 years under head coach Prentice Lewis in 2013.

2014 marks the 19th season in program history and the 13th under the helm of Lewis. 14 returners will be on the roster for the Horned Frogs, including five returning starters and the libero.

Under the tenure of Lewis, TCU has finished with a .500 record in nonconference play every year since 2002 and has garnered at least one preseason tournament title.

Ashley Smith is riding MVP honors from the TCU Molten Invitational and now leads the team with 147 kills and 3.00 kills per set. Smith has led the team with double-digit kills in seven matches and also has 113 digs on the season and 20 total blocks.

Stephanie Holland is following close behind and is helping shoulder the offensive load. Holland has 136 kills on the season, 2.62 kills per set and is shutting down at the net with 29 total blocks, which is third on the team.

The Frogs once against have two players ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage for the Big 12, with Regan McGuire moving up to No. 8 in the league with a .332 hitting percentage. Blaire Picks joins her on the list this week and checks in at No. 9 with a .329 clip.

Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley are dishing out the assists for the second year in a row, with the duo recording 334 and 259 assists, respectively. Langley is lethal from behind the service line, with 25 aces on the season, 0.46 service aces per set and is ranked No. 49 nationally.

Sutton Sunstrum has held down the backcourt for TCU in its first three weekends of play and has recorded with 127 digs and 4.23 digs per set, which is ranked No. 4 in the Big 12. Shane Peters has taken over the spot in the last week of play and has 118 digs on the season and 4.07 digs per set.

BREAKING DOWN THE OPPONENT - IOWA STATE

Iowa State (7-3, 0-0 Big 12) is coming into Big 12 play with a two-match winning streak under its belts after defeating in-state rivals Iowa (3-0) and Northern Iowa (3-2) this past week.

The Cyclones are receiving votes in the AVCA weekly poll and have only dropped three matches this season, with all three loss coming against nationally ranked opponents.

Defense is key to Iowa State as they have produced the last six Big 12 Libero of the Year honorees, as Caitlin Nolan is ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 18 nationally with 5.44 digs per set. Nolan is also No. 9 in the conference with 0.32 service aces per set and leads the team with 11 aces.

Freshman Alexis Conaway is making a big impact at the net for the Cyclones and is averaging 1.45 blocks per set, which is ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 12 nationally. Conaway is also hitting her mark, with a team-high .328 hitting percentage which also ranked No. 10 in the league.

Ciara Capezio is shouldering the offensive load with 102 kills on the season for 3.40 kills per set and is also averaging 3.73 points per set. Suzanne Horner is stepping into the setting position for Iowa State and has dished out 364 assists on the season and 10.71 assists per set.

SERIES HISTORY

Iowa State and TCU started its series meeting only two years ago when the Frogs entered the Big 12. Iowa State has won all four matchups between the teams with three of the four wins coming in a sweep. Saturday's match in Fort Worth will be the third on TCU's home court, with the last meeting ending in a five-set battle with Iowa State coming out of the match the victors.

First Meeting: 9/29/12 - Iowa State wins 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-17)

Last Meeting: 11/30/13 - Iowa State wins 3-2 (25-23, 25-16, 25-22, 27-25, 12-15)

FOLLOW THE FROGS

Audio for all away TCU volleyball matches is available through FrogVision on TCU's Official Athletics Website, GoFrogs.com. Jeff Lewis will provide play-by-play and analysis for the all game in the 2014 season.

Video for all home TCU matches, that are not live on television, 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.


 

 

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