TCU Plays Host to Baylor


Trisha Langley
Oct. 3, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will continue league action by hosting Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 4, with first serve set for 11 a.m., inside the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs (11-6, 1-2 Big 12) and the Bears (10-6, 1-1 Big 12) are both looking to rebound from mid-week losses in league action. TCU dropped a 3-0 decision to Oklahoma, while Baylor fell in five to Texas Tech.

Admission to Saturday's showdown will be free, with the first 1,000 fans through the doors of the Rec Center receiving a free `Purple Out' t-shirt. 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 Rec Center starting at 9 a.m.

Fans unable to attend the match can see live stat updates through GoFrogs.com, while a live audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

TCU QUICK HITS
TCU returns for the 2014 season after posting a winning record for the ninth time in the last 12 years under head coach Prentice Lewis in 2013.

2014 marks the 19th season in program history and the 13th under the helm of Lewis. 14 returners will be on the roster for the Horned Frogs, including five returning starters and the libero.

Under the tenure of Lewis, TCU has finished with a .500 record in nonconference play every year since 2002 and has garnered at least one preseason tournament title.

Ashley Smith has been a consistent leader for the Frogs in the last few weeks and leads the team with 167 kills and 2.98 kills per set. Smith has led the team with double-digit kills in eight matches and also has 123 digs on the season and 26 total blocks.

Stephanie Holland is following close behind and is helping shoulder the offensive load. Holland has 151 kills on the season, 2.56 kills per set and is shutting down at the net with 33 total blocks which is third on the team.

The Frogs once again have a player ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage for the Big 12, with Blaire Pickens moving up to No. 6 in the league with a .352 hitting percentage. Pickens currently holds the school record with a perfect 1.000 hitting clip after going 10-for-10 against Grambling State earlier this year.

Trisha Langley is lethal from behind the service line and is ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 21 nationally with 0.49 aces per set. The Frogs sit atop the Big 12 in service aces with 1.61 per set and 98 total aces, which is good for No. 30 and No. 17, respectively, nationally.

TCU has been shutting down at the net the last few matches and has recorded 10 plus blocks in six matches including the last three straight and a season-high 16.0 against Iowa State.

Sutton Sunstrum has held down the backcourt for TCU despite missing a few matches with an injury and has recorded with 151 digs and 4.08 digs per set which is ranked No. 5 in the Big 12.

BREAKING DOWN THE OPPONENT - BAYLOR
Baylor (10-6, 1-1 Big 12) enters the match after starting Big 12 play with two five-set matches. The Bears posted a come from behind win over Kansas State on Saturday to open conference action for the season, before dropping a five-set heartbreaker to Texas Tech on Wednesday.

The Bears were down 2-1 against the Wildcats before storming back to take the next two sets for Baylor's first win against a league opponent on the road to open conference since defeating Iowa State in Ames, Sept. 26, 1997.

In the match Wednesday night against the Red Raiders, Baylor recorded a season-high 15 team blocks, while three Bears are posting over 1.00 blocks per set. Laura Jones leads with 1.08 blocks per set, while Tola Itiola and Sam Hill have 1.05 and 1.03, respectively.

Andie Malloy is notching 4.02 kills per set for Baylor and sits at No. 43 in the nation and No. 2 in conference with 233 kills on the season. Malloy has dug up 152 digs this season and 2.62 digs per set and leads the team with eight double-doubles.

Reigning Big 12 Rookie of the Week Katie Staiger is recording 3.13 kills per set for the Bears to go along with 91 digs and 20 total blocks. Amy Rosenbaum has totaled up a league-best 671 assists this season which is good for No. 9 nationally, while her 10.45 assists per set is ranked No. 52.

SERIES HISTORY
TCU and Baylor are meeting for the 13th time in the series, with the Bears holding the advantage with a 9-3 record all-time. Before last season, the Frogs had won just once in program history against Baylor and it was a sweep in Fort Worth in 2009.

In the two matchups last year, TCU earned its third sweep in conference play since joining the Big 12 in 2012 when the Frogs went to Waco and won a 3-0 decision, before taking a 3-2 victory at home in November.

First Meeting: 8/31/96 - Baylor wins 3-0 (15-5, 15-7, 15-11)
Last Meeting: 11/9/13 - TCU wins 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 27-29, 15-5)

LAST TIME OUT: OKLAHOMA RECAP
The TCU volleyball team dropped its mid-week Big 12 match to Oklahoma 3-0 (19- 25, 22-25, 23-25) on Wednesday night inside McCasland Field House.

Ashley Smith was the kill leader for the Horned Frogs for the 11th time this season with nine, while the lefty duo of Stephanie Holland and Blaire Pickens each chipped in seven kills.

TCU once again had a powerful block at the net and led the match with 10 total team blocks against the Sooners, with Pickens and Regan McGuire leading the way with four blocks apiece. This is the sixth time this season TCU had record 10 plus blocks and the third match in a row.

Sutton Sunstrum was the anchor in TCU's defense with a match-high 12 digs, while Sarita Mikals notched double-digit digs for the eighth time this season with 11. TCU led in service aces for the 13th time this season and scored four from behind the service line with Smith leading the way with two.

FOLLOW THE FROGS
Audio for all away TCU volleyball matches is available through FrogVision on TCU's Offical Athletics Website, GoFrogs.com. Jeff Lewis will provide play-by-play and analysis for the all game in the 2014 season.

Video for all home TCU matches, that are not live on television, is streamed on FrogVision through GoFrogs.com with Lewis on the call. Audio and video both require a CBS Sports All-Access subscription for access to FrogVision. Visit GoFrogs.com for more information.


 

 

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