TCU Hosts WVU for Frogs for the Cure

Ashley Smith will return to the lineup Wednesday night.

Ashley Smith will return to the lineup Wednesday night.

Oct. 1, 2013

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team is set to welcome West Virginia on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m., at the University Recreation Center for its annual Frogs for the Cure match that will air live on FSSW+.

All fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness, while those wearing the Frogs for the Cure t-shirt will get a discounted $3 ticket for the match.

The Horned Frogs (11-5, 0-2) are looking to snap a two-game losing streak, while the Mountaineers (14-1, 1-0 Big 12) are coming off their first Big 12 win in program history after defeating Kansas State Friday night.

TCU is led offensively by Yvonne Igodan, who has accumulated 153 kills and 2.83 kills per set thus far this season. The Preseason All-Big 12 selection has led the Frogs in kills the last three matches and sits at No. 3 in the Big 12 with a .353 hitting percentage.

Freshman Ashley Smith will return to the lineup after sitting out against Texas with an injury and seeing limited time in the match against Kansas. Smith is second on the team with 141 kills and 2.94 kills per set.

TCU holds a 3-0 advantage in the series with WVU after meeting for the first time at a tournament in Akron in 2009. The Frogs swept the Mountaineers last season in the conference matchups, with TCU coming from a 2-0 deficit to win a five-set thriller in their first meeting in Morgantown, and sweeping WVU in the regular season finale in Fort Worth.

TCU QUICK HITS
-The Horned Frogs are 11-5 on the season and 0-2 in Big 12 Conference play.
-TCU was on an eight-match winning streak before opening conference play and won two preseason non-conference tournament titles this fall.
-Freshman Ashley Smith was leading the Frogs in kills, before suffering an injury before the Texas match. Smith saw limited action in the match against Kansas and has 141 kills on the season.
-Preseason All-Big 12 selection Yvonne Igodan leads TCU with 153 kills and 2.83 kills per set and sits at No. 3 in the Big 12 with a .353 hitting percentage.
-Alexia Heist and Trisha Langely are guiding the TCU offense with 307 and 235 assits, respectively, while Langley leads the team with 15 service aces.
-Shane Peters is roaming the back court as libero and leads the team with 171 digs and 3.11 digs per set.

 

BREAKING DOWN THE OPPONENT - WEST VIRGINIA
-West Virginia is entering its first Big 12 road trip and will play the Horned Frogs on Wednesday, before traveling to Texas Tech for a match on Saturday.
-The Mountaineers won their first Big 12 match in program history last Friday with a 3-1 (25-16. 18-25, 25-22, 25-22) victory over Kansas State.
-With the win over the Wildcats, WVU has started the season 14-1, which is the best start in program history since 1987 and are one of 15 teams nationally with one loss or less on the season.
-WVU had three players in double-digit kills against Kansas State, with Hannah Sackett leading the way with 15, while Nikki Attea and Caleah Wells chipped in 12 and 10, respectively.
-Kills leader Jordan Anderson sits at No. 2 in the Big 12 with 4.05 kills per set and No. 2 in points with 4.72 points per set, but has sat out the last three contests after an injury against Liberty on Sept. 20.
-Evyn McCoy and Caleah Wells sit in the top 10 of both hitting percentage and blocks in the conference standings.
-McCoy is ranked No. 7 in hitting percentage (.314) and blocks per set (1.17), while Wells is ranked No. 10 in hitting percentage (.298) and No. 8 in blocks per set (1.13).
-Series: TCU holds a 3-0 advantage over the Mountaineers in the series. The teams first met in 2009 at a tournament in Akron, before going up against each other twice last fall in conference play.
-Last fall in the first match against WVU, TCU came back from being down 2-0 for only the ninth time in the Prentice Lewis era to win the match in five.
-First Meeting: Sept. 12, 2009 - TCU 3, West Virginia 2
-Last Meeting: Nov. 24, 2012 - TCU 3, West Virginia 0

 

TV DARLINGS
-TCU is making appearances on the FOX Broadcasting channel six times this season and other stations a total of 10 times.
-The Frogs won their first television match of the season and home opener against North Texas on Sept. 11, 3-0 and defeated Stephen F. Austin 3-1 in the team's second TV match.
-Big 12 matches against Texas (Sept. 25), West Virginia (Oct. 2), at Baylor (Oct. 16) and Oklahoma (Oct. 23) will also get the television coverage on FSSW+ and FOX Sports Southwest.
-The Frogs will also be getting coverage at Kansas on Sept. 28 (MetroSports/ESPN3), at Kansas State on Oct. 5 (K-StateHD.TV), at Texas on Oct. 30 (Longhorn Network) and at Oklahoma on Nov. 13 (Sooner Sports TV).


 

 


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