Oct. 9, 2015
TCU Game Notes
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team looks to continue its winning streak by traveling to Lubbock, Texas for an 11 a.m., match against Texas Tech at Saturday, Oct. 10 at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Horned Frogs (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) and the Red Raiders (12-5, 1-3 Big 12) will play each other for the 12th time in program history, as TCU looks to get its first win in Lubbock since 2012.
-TCU is on a roll after taking victories in the previous three matches with wins over WVU, Kansas State and Oklahoma
-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 2.06 kills per set and middle blocker Regan McGuire is good for 2.10 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 1,951 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 339 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-15 in blocks per set (13th - 2.86)
-The Frogs blocking has been a key part of their game, as the team has posted double-digit total blocks nine times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 3 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.60 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 4 nationally in total blocks with 96
Texas Tech is holding the slight advantage in the series witha 6-5 overall record over TCU. The teams split the series last fall with the Red Raiders taking the win in Lubbock and the Horned Frogs claiming victory in Fort Worth. TCU will be looking to get their first victory in Lubbock since 2012, as the Red Raiders have the 3-2 advantage in the series record in matches played at the United Supermarkets Arena.
First Meeting: 10/17/99 - Texas Tech wins 3-0 (15-6, 15-6, 15-5)
Last Meeting: 11/19/14 - TCU wins 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22)
Scouting The Opponent
Texas Tech is looking to stop a three-game skid, as the Red Raiders were able to open conference play with a 3-2 victory over Oklahoma, before dropping the next three straight matches against Iowa State, Baylor and No. 10 Kansas in straight sets.
Lauren Douglass leads the Red Raiders in kills and hitting percentage, as the middle blocker is putting down 3.30 kills per set at a .421 hitting clip. Douglass ranks No. 5 in the conference in kills per set, while her hitting percentage sits at No. 2 in the league and No. 13 nationally. Jenna Allen follows closely behind and helps shoulder the offensive load with 2.98 kills per set, while also picking up 2.09 digs per set.
Texas Tech is sitting at third in the conference with 16.13 digs per set and Carlie Foust is leading the charge with 307 digs on the season and 5.12 digs per set. The Red Raiders are also putting down 2.17 blocks per set, with Brianna Grant chipping in 1.14 blocks per set and Victoria Hinneburg putting down 1.00 blocks per set.
Last Time Out: Oklahoma Recap
The TCU volleyball team pulled off its second straight five-set thriller on Wednesday night with a 3-2 (25-23, 25-20, 19-25, 24-25, 18-16) victory over Oklahoma in front of its third straight sold-out crowd inside the University Recreation Center.
Trailing 12-9 in the final set, the Horned Frogs (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) used a kill from Ashley Smith to spark a 3-0 run to even up the battle for the match against the Sooners (7-9, 1-3 Big 12). After four more ties and two match-points attempts by TCU, the Frogs third try at the win was successful, as Smith was able to put down her team-best 15th kill of the match to seal the comeback victory.
TCU's defense at the net was the best this season, as the team put up a season-high 19.5 blocks against Oklahoma, which is also the fifth-most by the Frogs in a match in program history. Regan McGuire tied her career-high and the TCU single-match program record by finishing with 12 blocks on the night. The TCU offense was powered by four players that boasted double-digit kills in the match, with Smith (15), McGuire (10), Sarita Mikals (14) and Natalie Gower (11).