VB Preview: Kansas State

Oct. 7, 2016

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the second time this week, the TCU volleyball team will hit the road as they travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m., in Ahearn Field House.

The Horned Frogs (10-5, 3-2 Big 12) are looking to rebound after a loss on Wednesday night, while the Wildcats (13-4, 2-2 Big 12) are coming off a win over Texas Tech. This will be the fifth meeting all-time between the programs to take place in Manhattan, Kan.

Quick Hits
-The 2016 season marks the 21st season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program
-This season also marks the second under the helm of 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
-TCU returns 10 letterwinners and five starters from a season ago and also welcome nine newcomers, including three transfers
-91% of the offense returns for the 2016 season along with 95% of the defense at the net in blocking
-The squad includes seven seniors this season including All-American Ashley Smith and AVCA All-Southwest Region honorees Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower
-Smith, who has led the team in kills per set the last three seasons, was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team for the second straight season
-Two other key returners are Sarita Mikals and Jillian Bergeson who spent their springs honing their skills on the beach courts
-The Frogs have great offensive depth which means a 6-2 will be in play again with Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou guiding the offense
-TCU brought in a stud of a freshmen class which was ranked for the first time in program history by Prepvolleyball.com by coming in at No. 15
-In its final preseason match of the season, TCU downed No. 8 North Carolina with the win marking the second top-10 win in program history and second straight season the team has achieved that feat
-In the win over Iowa State, Mikals became the sixth player in program history and the first under the helm of Kramer to score a triple-double with 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks
-TCU has out-block their opponents in 13 of the 15 matches played and the team has recorded double-digit blocks in six matches
-Three school records have fallen this season with Sarita Mikals breaking the single-match record in digs (36-9/2/16 at Duke), while Natalie Gower recently topped the single-match record in blocks (15-10/1/16 vs. Oklahoma). The team also finished with 23.5 blocks against the Sooners for a new program best in total team blocks.

Last Time Out: Baylor
The TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-19) decision to Baylor on Wednesday night at the Hilton Coliseum in Waco, Texas in the first of two road matches this week.

The Horned Frogs could not overcome strong runs during the match by the Bears, as TCU recorded its lowest hitting percentage of the season (.108) and was out-blocked for only the second time this season in the loss.

Natalie Gower was the offensive leader in the match, as she led the team with 11 kills and no errors on 22 swings for a .500 hitting clip. Three Frogs finished with double-digit digs with Kayla Scheevel leading the team for the third straight match with 13 against Baylor.

Series History
The match on Saturday is the ninth meeting all-time and the fifth match that will be played in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State holds the advantage in the all-time series record at 6-2 and are 4-0 in matches played in Ahearn Field House. TCU has only captured two victories in the series with both matches coming in Fort Worth.

Scouting the Opponent: Kansas State
After defeating Iowa State to open Big 12 play, Kansas State dropped two straight matches to Baylor (3-0) and Texas (3-2) before rebounding with a 3-0 sweep of Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

Both outside hitters are averaging over 3.00 kills per set for Kansas State with Kylee Zumach putting down 3.18 and Brooke Sassin good for 3.00. Rightside hitter Bryna Vogel is good for 2.89 kills per set, while Katie Reininger is rounding out the main offense for the Wildcats at 2.16 kills per set. Katie Brand is dishing out the assists for Kansas State and leads the conference and ranked No. 3 nationally with 11.73 assists per set.

On defense, Kersten Kober is anchoring the back row with 4.14 digs per set, while Brandi is picking up 2.83 digs per set. At the net, Macy Flowers leads the team in blocking with 0.98 blocks per set, while Reininger is putting up 0.94 blocks per set.



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