Oct. 6, 2015
TCU Game Notes // Oklahoma Game Notes
FORT WORTH, Texas - After posting two straight victories last week, the TCU volleyball team will continue playing at home by welcoming Oklahoma on Wednesday, Oct. 7 for an 8 p.m., showdown live on FOX Sports Southwest inside the University Recreation Center.
Chuck LaMendola and Pam Lea will be on the call for the match between the Horned Frogs (12-4, 2-2) and the Sooners (7-8, 1-2). Wednesday's meeting will also be the annual Frogs For The Cure match, with fans encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
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 wear the official Frogs For the Cure t-shirt will receive a discounted $3 ticket at the ticket office located inside the University Recreation Center.
-The first 250 TCU students who present a valid ID will receive their choice of one free giveaway: t-shirt, fanny pack or hat.
-TCU is on a roll after taking victories in the previous two matches with wins over WVU & Kansas State
-The victory over West Virginia 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 2.98 kills per set, while fellow outside Jillian Bergeson is putting down 2.14 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 1,925 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 365 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-25 in blocks per set (22nd - 2.75
-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. 7 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.53 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 13 nationally in total blocks with 84
Oklahoma is holding the advantage in the series record at 9-2, but TCU was the last team victorious in a meeting after coming away with a 3-2 win over the Sooners in Fort Worth last season. The win last fall marked the Horned Frogs' first victory over Oklahoma since joining the Big 12 in 2012 and the first win since the teams first squared off in 2004. Wednesday's match is the sixth meeting all-time to be played in Fort Worth, with Oklahoma leading the series with a 4-1 record.
First Meeting: 11/3/04 - TCU wins 3-1 (28-30, 30-19, 30-20, 30-19)
Last Meeting: 11/5/14 - TCU wins 3-2 (13-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-19, 15-11)
Scouting The Opponent
After losing the first two matches of conference play against Texas Tech and Iowa State, Oklahoma picked up its first Big 12 victory of the season with a 3-1 win over Baylor at home on Saturday.
The Sooners also run a 6-2 offense, with the assists being dished out by reigning Big 12 Setter of the Year Julia Doyle (7.08 a/s) and freshman Audrey Alford (4.79 a/s). The main weapon in the offense is outside hitter Madison Ward, who is averaging just over 3.06 kills per set, to go along with 2.12 digs per set.
Oklahoma also have three other hitters averaging over 2.00 kills per set in Kimmy Gardiner (2.58 k/s), Kierra Holst (2.39 k/s) and Micaela Spann (2.23 k/s). The blocking game is also top notch for the Sooners, as the team is averaging 2.43 blocks per set. Spann is stuffing 1.24 blocks per set, while Marion hazelwood is putting down 1.00 blocks per set.
Last Time Out: Kansas State Recap
In front of a sold-out crowd at home inside the University Recreation Center, the TCU volleyball pulled out a 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 17-25, 15-9) victory over Kansas State on Saturday night.
Despite going up 2-0 in the match, the Horned Frogs (12-4, 2-2) had to fight off a persistent Wildcats (9-6, 1-2) team that would push the match into the decisive fifth set. The offense and defense came alive in the final frame, as TCU struck down eight kills and only one error and put up four total blocks to win the match.
Kansas State was able to put down more kills in the match (67 to 64), but TCU was more efficient with a .217 clip, while also shutting down at the net with eight total blocks. Ashley Smith was clutch offensively in key moments of the match and finished with a match-, season- and career-high 23 kills on the night, to go along with a .389 hitting percentage, 11 digs and five total blocks.