Sept. 29, 2015
TCU Game Notes
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - A mid-week match-up with West Virginia is next on the slate for the TCU volleyball team, as they are set to take on the Mountaineers on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m., CDT, in Morgantown, W. Va., inside the WVU Coliseum.
The match between the Horned Frogs (10-4, 0-2) and the Mountaineers (5-8, 0-1) will air live and for free on Mountaineer TV through WVUSports.com. Kyle West and Abby Tardiff will be on the call for the eighth meeting all-time between the programs.
-TCU looks to bounced back after suffering two losses to open conference play
-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 2.87 kills per set, while fellow outside Jillian Bergeson is putting down 2.12 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 1,871 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 404 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-20 in blocks per set (17th - 2.80)
-The Frogs blocking has been a key part of their game, as the team has posted double-digit total blocks seven times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 3 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.65 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 11 nationally in total blocks with 76
TCU holds a 5-2 advantage in the series record with West Virginia. After sweeping the Mountaineers in the first season in the Big 12 in 2012, the Frogs have split the meetings with WVU the last two seasons. WVU was able to win in Morgantown the last two seasons, while TCU took the victories in Fort Worth. Wednesday's match marks the eighth meeting all-time and the fourth to be played at the WVU Coliseum.
First Meeting: 9/12/09 - TCU wins 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-9)
Last Meeting: 10/29/14 - TCU wins 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 25-19)
Scouting The Opponent
West Virginia is also searching for its first conference win of the season, after opening league action with a 3-0 loss to No. 2 Texas this past Friday. Before the loss to the Longhorns, the Mountaineers had claimed victory in three of the last four matches of their preseason schedule.
Morgan Montgomery has been leading the offensive attack with 3.86 kills per set, which ranks No. 3 in the conference. Montgomery also leads the charge behind the service line with 12 aces on the year, while also picking up 2.16 digs per set.
The middle blockers on the floor are led by Caleah Wells and Hannah Shreve. Wells is putting down 2.48 kills per set, while Shreve is pacing the defense at the net with 1.08 blocks per set. Dishing out the offense is senior Brittany Sample with 9.58 assists per set, to go along with 102 digs and 20 total blocks.
Last Time Out: Kansas Recap
In its only home match in the month of September, the TCU volleyball team played in front of its fourth largest crowd in program history of 1,959 fans but ultimately dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 26-24) match-up with No. 15 Kansas on Saturday afternoon inside the University Recreation Center.
Playing its second ranked team in a row and the top offensive team in the country, the Horned Frogs (10-4, 0-2) struggled offensively and could only muster a season-low 23 kills on the day, while the Jayhawks (14-0, 2-0) remained undefeated on the season by recording 51 kills, six service aces and a .234 hitting clip.
Sarita Mikals led the team for the second straight match with six kills on the day, while Jillian Bergeson, Ashley Smith and Ashleigh Martin each chipped in four kills. Alexia Heist fell just short of a double-double with 13 assists and nine digs, while Sutton Sunstrum was able to pick up 16 digs. Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower led the blocking efforts at the net with four blocks apiece.