TCU Hits Road to Face No. 19 Iowa State

Megan Munce, Prentice Lewis and the Frogs return to action Saturday.

Megan Munce, Prentice Lewis and the Frogs return to action Saturday.

Sept. 28, 2012


FORT WORTH – Riding a four-match winning streak, the TCU women’s volleyball team returns to action Saturday at No. 19 Iowa State. First serve is set for 12 p.m., from ISU’s Hilton Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs are 13-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12. The Cyclones are 7-5 and 1-1. TCU dropped Texas Tech, 3-0, in its last match on Wednesday, while Iowa State fell 3-2 to Kansas. TCU is facing a ranked opponent for the second time this season (3-0 loss to No. 3 USC).

In true road matches this season, TCU is 3-0, with a come-from-behind 3-2 win at West Virginia being the last road trip. The Frogs are 3-1 in neutral site matches. Iowa State is 5-1 at home this season.

Junior Yvonne Igodan has led the Frogs offensively, racking up 3.70 kills per set, while posting a .366 attack percentage. She is third in the league in kills and fourth in attack percentage. Senior Megan Munce leads the Big 12 at 0.60 aces per set.

Audio for all TCU volleyball matches is available through FrogVision on TCU’s Offical Athletics Website, Jeff Lewis will provide play-by-play and analysis throughout the 2012 season.

Video for all home TCU matches is streamed on FrogVision through with Lewis on the call. Audio and video both require a CBS Sports All-Access subscription for access to FrogVision. Visit for more information.

Live stats for Saturday’s match are available on

Playing in front of a sold out TCU University Rec Center, the Horned Frogs rolled to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-15) win over Texas Tech in their Big 12 home opener. TCU improved to 13-2 on the year and 2-0 in the Big 12.

Yvonne Igodan and Stephanie Holland paced the Frogs offensively, racking up 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Megan Munce added her team-best eighth double-double of the year with 32 assists and 13 digs. TCU held a 44-29 advantage in kills and .327-.106 edge in attack percentage to make up for 10 service errors on the night.

Saturday’s matchup will be the first all-time between TCU and Iowa State. Through 15 matches this season, eight of those have come against opponents that the Horned Frogs have never faced in their history. Iowa State represents the ninth.

*In those eight matches this season, TCU is 6-2. The Frogs knocked off Alabama A&M, Army, Lipscomb, Arizona, Iona and Lehigh, while falling to Northern Colorado and USC.
*TCU has never faced any team from Iowa or played a match within the state of Iowa in its history.

The 19th-ranked Cyclones are the second opponent ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll top 25 that TCU has faced this season. TCU dropped a tough 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 27-25) decision to No. 3 USC on Sept. 14.

*TCU is 5-32 all-time against ranked opponents, with all five of those wins coming with Prentice Lewis as head coach.
*With Lewis at the helm, the Frogs are 5-23 against foes in the top-25.
*The Horned Frogs last defeated a ranked team last season when they knocked off No. 23 Colorado State, 3-2.
*When TCU beat No. 13 Colorado State, 3-1, in 2008, the Rams were the highest-ranked opponent TCU has ever beaten.

TCU freshman outside hitter/defensive specialist Sutton Sunstrum and Iowa State freshman libero Caitlin Nolan were high school teammates at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas.

*Sunstrum and Nolan led the Carroll Dragons to three-consecutive Texas 5A district championships and 116 wins.
*In Sunstrum and Nolan’s senior season, the duo helped Carroll set a school record with 44 wins and to a ranking among the nation’s top five high school teams for much of the year.

While libero Meghan Horio still leads the Horned Frogs at 3.92 digs per set, TCU has five players averaging more than two digs per set in the Frogs’ complex defensive system.

*Setter Megan Munce is second on the team at 2.84 digs per set and has led the Frogs in digs four times this season.
*Each of the five at better than 2.0 digs per set have led the Frogs in digs at least once this season. Horio has 11 times, Munce four times, while Alexia Heist, Sloane Sunstrum and Sutton Sunstrum each have once. The total is more than 15 due to players tying for the team lead.
*Horio, Munce and Sloane Sunstrum are all seniors, but TCU’s other two defensive leaders this year are freshmen - Sutton Sunstrum and Alexia Heist.



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