VB Preview: Baylor
Oct. 4, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas - A pair of Big 12 road matches await the TCU volleyball team, as the Horned Frogs will open the week by traveling to Waco, Texas to face Baylor on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m., at the Ferrell Center. The match will air live on ESPNU with Tiffany Green and Dain Blanton on the call.
This will be the second of four nationally televised matches for the Frogs (10-4, 3-1 Big 12), as they are hoping to continue their best start in Big 12 action in program history against the Bears (14-5, 2-1 Big 12).
Last Time Out: Oklahoma
In only the second time in program history that the Horned Frogs have played three consecutive five-set matches in a one-week time frame, the team finished with a school-record 23.5 blocks, while also improving to 3-1 in Big 12 play for the first time in program history with the win over the Sooners.
After splitting the first four sets, TCU was nearly unstoppable in the final set as Natalie Gower recorded six blocks to improve her total to a school-record 15 in the match. Oklahoma was forced to use both its timeouts after the Frogs went up 7-2 and they continued to roll as Ashley Smith knocked down two straight kills to seal the win in the set and the overall match victory.
Gower was one of three players to record double-digit kills and she finished with her first double-double of 15 kills to go along with the 15 blocks. Jillian Bergeson led the team with 17 kills and 12 digs, while Smith totaled 16 kills and 12 digs for her third double-double of the season. Lamprini Konstantinidou and Kaylee Smith dished out the offense with 27 and 21 assists, respectively, while Kayla Scheevel finished with a team-high 15 digs.
Scouting the Opponent: Baylor
Katie Staiger is the main offensive weapon for Baylor with 5.44 kills per set this year which leads the Big 12 and is ranked No. 4 nationally. Staiger is also averaging 6.08 points per set which is ranked No. 3 nationally. Camryn Freiberg and Aniah Philo are also contributing offensively and are putting down 2.07 and 1.99 kills per set, respectively, for the Bears.
On the defensive side, Baylor leads the Big 12 and is ranked No. 31 nationally with 2.64 blocks per set. Freiberg paces the team with 1.21 blocks per set, while Jaelyn Jackson is stuffing 1.15 blocks per set. From the backrow, Jana Brusek is picking up 4.59 digs per set, while Philo is good for 2.82 digs per set and Staiger has 2.61 digs per set.
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