Oct. 2, 2015
TCU Game Notes // Kansas State Game Notes
FORT WORTH, Texas - After a mid-week road trip, the TCU volleyball team returns home to continue Big 12 action by welcoming Kansas State to the University Recreation Center for a 5 p.m., match-up on Saturday, Oct. 3.
The Horned Frogs (11-4, 1-2) and the Wildcats (9-5, 1-1) will be meeting up for the seventh time in program history on Saturday and it will be the first of two straight home matches for TCU.
Live Video & Audio
Fans unable to attend the match at the Rec Center can see live stat updates through GoFrogs.com, while a live video and audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.
Fans who present their ticket stub from the TCU vs. Texas football game can receive a discounted ticket of $3 at the ticket office located inside the University Recreation Center.
-TCU picked up its first Big 12 victory with a 3-1 win over West Virginia on Wednesday
-The victory marked the first Big 12 road win for the Horned Frogs since Oct. 10, 2013 when TCU swept Baylor in Waco, Texas
-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
-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 nearly four players averaging over 2.00 kills per set
-Ashley Smith leds the offense with 2.82 kills per set, while fellow outside Jillian Bergeson is putting down 2.11 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 1,887 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 388 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 eight times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 3 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.64 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 5 nationally in total blocks with 82
Kansas State holds a 5-1 advantage over TCU in the series meetings, with all the matches coming since 2012 when the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12. The Wildcats swept the series meetings in 2012 and 2014, while the teams split meetings in 2013. The lone victory for the Frogs in the series came in the home season finale in 2013, with TCU coming away with the 3-0 win. Saturday's match marks the fourth meeting all-time to be played in Fort Worth.
First Meeting: 10/13/12 - Kansas State wins 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-19)
Last Meeting: 11/22/14 - Kansas State wins 3-0 (27-25, 25-14, 27-25)
Scouting The Opponent
Kansas State is coming off a mid-week bye and opened Big 12 play last week by going 1-1 with a 3-1 loss to Kansas, before sweeping Baylor at home for its first league victory of the year. The Wildcats are among the nation's leaders in kills per set (6th-14.56), hitting percentage (25th-.266) and assists per set (25th-13.22).
Brooke Sassin is powering the Kansas State offense with 3.69 kills per set, while also picking up 2.76 digs per set. Katie Reininger is gollowing closely behind with 2.69 kills per set and also leads the team with a .321 hitting clip. Alyssa Schultejans and Bryna Vogel are also putting down kills with 2.78 and 2.61 per set, respectively.
Helping that offense is junior Katie Brand with is dishing out 11.09 assists per set, which sits at No. 2 in the conference. The defense is anchored by Kersten Kober, who ranks No. 5 in the league with 4.20 digs per set. Reininger is pacing the blocking at the net with 1.09 blocks per set.
Last Time Out: West Virginia Recap
For the first time since 2013, the TCU volleyball team picked up a Big 12 road victory with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22) win over West Virginia on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W. Va.
The middle blockers were the difference in the match for the Horned Frogs (11-4, 1-2), as Regan McGuire scored 12 kills and six blocks, while Natalie Gower was able to put down 10 kills and seven blocks against the Mountaineers (5-8, 0-2). Both middles were extremely efficient in the match, with McGuire recording a .526 clip and Gower hitting .450.
The blocking game was also the star of the match, as TCU stuffed a season-high 15 blocks on the night for its eighth double-digit block match of the season. Sarita Mikals tied her season-high with eight on the night to lead the Frogs.