VB Preview: Oklahoma




Sept. 30, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - After two straight matches on the road, the TCU volleyball team returns home to host Oklahoma for a showdown at Noon on Saturday, Oct. 1, inside The Rickel at the University Recreation Center.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance at the match between the Horned Frogs (9-4, 2-1 Big 12) and the Sooners (9-6, 0-2 Big 12) will receive a free blackout t-shirt that they can wear to the volleyball and football game. The match is also free to all fans in attendance.

Live Video & Audio
Fans unable to attend the match against Oklahoma at the Rec Center can see live stat updates through TCU.Statbroadcast.com, while a live video feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

Clear Bag Policy
Only the following items will be permitted upon entrance into TCU athletics facilities:
-Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceeding 14 inches by 14 inches
-One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
-One unopened bottle of water
-Small clutch bags with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags
-The Small clutch bags must be approximately the size of a hand 
-Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at stadium/arena gates
-Backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags will not be allowed

Parking
Fans are encouraged to park in the free lot at the McKinney Bible Church, with a free shuttle service being provided to and from the University Recreation Center starting at 10:30 a.m.

Quick Hits
-The 2016 season marks the 21st season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program
-This season also marks the second under the helm of 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 10 letterwinners and five starters from a season ago and also welcome nine newcomers, including three transfers
-91% of the offense returns for the 2016 season along with 95% of the defense at the net in blocking
-The squad includes seven seniors this season including All-American Ashley Smith and AVCA All-Southwest Region honorees Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower
-Smith, who has led the team in kills per set the last three seasons, was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team for the second straight season
-Two other key returners are Sarita Mikals and Jillian Bergeson who spent their springs honing their skills on the beach courts
-The Frogs have great offensive depth which means a 6-2 will be in play again with Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou guiding the offense
-TCU brought in a stud of a freshmen class which was ranked for the first time in program history by Prepvolleyball.com by coming in at No. 15
-Mikals recently broke the school record for digs in a single match as the senior picked up 36 in the five-set come back against Duke on Sept. 2
-In its final preseason match of the season, TCU downed No. 8 North Carolina with the win marking the second top-10 win in program history and second straight season the team has achieved that feat
-TCU has a very balanced offensive attack with five players currently averaging over 2.00 kills per set
-In the win over Iowa State, Mikals became the sixth player in program history and the first under the helm of Kramer to score a triple-double with 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks
-TCU has out-block their opponents in 12 of the 13 matches played and the team has recorded double-digit blocks in five matches
-The Frogs are coming off a hard-fought battle at West Virginia but came up short in the 3-2 loss to the Mountaineers

Last Time Out: West Virginia
Despite going up 2-1 in the match, the TCU volleyball team could not hold on as the team dropped its first Big 12 match of the season as they fell 3-2 (25-18, 24-26, 21-25, 25-18, 15-10) to West Virginia on Wednesday night inside the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W. Va.

After a slow start to the match, the Horned Frogs rebounded by taking the second and third sets over the Mountaineers. WVU responded by taking a big lead to start the fourth set & then used the momentum to capitalize in the fifth set to steal the victory.

Anna Walsh led the team in kills for the first time this season with 14 against WVU, while Jillian Bergeson chipped in nine kills. Three players finished with double-digit digs with Kayal Scheevel leading the way with 18, while Sarita Mikals finished with 16 and Bergeson had 13. Natalie Gower led the blocking effort with nine, while Walsh finished with a career-high eight blocks.

Scouting the Opponent: Oklahoma
Oklahoma is still looking for its first win in Big 12 action after dropping matches to Kansas (3-1) and Texas (3-0). The Sooners started the season 7-0 before losing four of the final six matches during the preseason.

Madison Ward is pacing the offense for Oklahoma with 3.00 kills per set, while also picking up 1.87 digs per set. Four other Sooner are averaging over 2.00 kills per set with Kimmy Gardiner putting down 2.76 kills per set while also leading the team with 3.52 digs per set. Audrey Alford is dishing out the assists with 11.24 per set while also picking up 1.61 digs per set.


 

 

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