VB Preview: West Virginia
Sept. 27, 2016
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Looking to start the Big 12 season 3-0 for the first time in program history, the TCU volleyball team is on the road for the second straight match as they travel to Morgantown, W. Va., to face West Virginia on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m., CT, inside the WVU Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs (9-3, 2-0 Big 12) are coming off a 3-2 victory over Iowa State for the program's first win in Ames, while the Mountaineers (9-6, 1-1 Big 12) swept Texas Tech on Saturday for the team's first Big 12 win since 2014.
Last Time Out: Iowa State
The win by the Horned Frogs was the first in program history over the Cyclones in matches played in Ames, as TCU moves to 4-0 on the season in fifth-set matches. TCU outhit Iowa State with 66 kills to the home team's 64 while also serving up a season-high eight service aces and recording 12.5 blocks in the match.
After letting the first set slip away, TCU rebounded by controlling sets two and three from the very beginning to go up 2-1 in the match. Iowa State would not go away quietly as they came back in the fourth set to push the decisive fifth set. The Cyclones would take a 3-1 advantage to start the final set, but TCU won four straight points to go up 5-3. The teams traded points until a service error by Iowa State started a 5-0 run that included two blocks by Natalie Gower to secure the 15-11 win.
Scouting the Opponent: West Virginia
Leading the way is a freshman as Payton Caffrey is putting down 4.95 kills per set which is ranked No. 2 in the conference and No. 6 nationally. Caffrey also ranks in the top-10 nationally in points per set with 5.57. Caffrey has also served up a team-best 22 service aces tis season which is ranked No. 2 in the Big 12.
Defensively, West Virginia boasts the second best blocking team in the league as they are posting 2.49 blocks per set while Mia Swanegan is putting down 1.40 blocks per set. Gianna Gotterba is anchoring the backrow for the Mountaineers with 4.15 digs per set to go along with nine service aces.
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