Volleyball Returns to Road to Face WVU

Sutton Sunstrum
Oct. 10, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - After an off week, the TCU volleyball team returns to the court and will travel to Morgantown, W. Va., to face-off against West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 11, with first serve set for 3 p.m., CDT.

The Horned Frogs (12-6, 2-2 Big 12) are coming off a home win against Baylor last Saturday, while the Mountaineers (11-7, 1-3 Big 12) are hoping to stop a three-game losing skid after falling to Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

The match can be viewed live via a web stream on WVUsports.com for free, while fans can see live stat updates through WVU.StatBroadcast.com. A live audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription with Jeff Lewis on the call.

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 this season and leads the team with 178 kills and 2.97 kills per set. Smith has led the team with double-digit kills in nine matches and also has 134 digs on the season and 26 total blocks. Smith leads the team with four double-doubles on the season.

Stephanie Holland is following close behind and is helping shoulder the offensive load. Holland has 165 kills on the season, 2.62 kills per set and is shutting down at the net with 35 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 sitting at No. 8 in the league with a .329 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. 19 nationally with 0.48 aces per set. The Frogs sit atop the Big 12 in service aces with 1.62 per set and 105 total aces, which is good for No. 26 and No. 22, respectively, nationally.

TCU has been shutting down at the net the last few matches and has recorded 10 plus blocks in seven matches including the last four 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 165 digs and 4.02 digs per set which is ranked No. 4 in the Big 12.

West Virginia (11-7, 1-3 Big 12) is hoping to snap a three-game losing streak as the Frogs head to Morgantown. The Mountaineers are in the midst of a three-game home stand, as WVU dropped a mid-week match up with Oklahoma, 3-0.

The Mountaineers dropped their first match of the season to No. 9 BYU, but then won 10 straight matches before falling in their next three matches including a 3-2 heartbreaking loss to No. 2 Texas to open league action.

Jordan Anderson is one of the top hitters in the conference and sits atop the standings in kills per set (4.66), points per set (5.17) and attacks per set (11.90). With 289 kills on the season, Anderson is ranked No. 12 in kills per set and No. 14 in points per set nationally.

Nikki Attea and Hannah Sackett are also averaging over 2.00 kills per set for WVU. Attea has 154 kills on the season and 2.48 kills per set, while Sackett has struck down 132 kills and 2.40 kills per set.

Lamprini Konstantinidou is dishing out the assists for the Mountaineers this season and is sitting at the top of the conference with 660 assists and 11.19 assists per set, which is ranked No. 19 nationally. Evyn McCoy is the top defender for WVU at the net and is ranked No. 7 in the conference standings with 1.16 blocks per set.

This will be the sixth meeting all-time between the two programs, with TCU holding a 4-1 advantage in the series. The Frogs and WVU had only met one time prior to both schools joining the Big 12 in 2012, with TCU taking a 3-0 victory in 2009 at a tournament in Akron, Ohio.

In the two matchups last year, TCU was able to take a 3-1 victory over the Mountaineers at home in Fort Worth, Texas, before WVU got its first victory over the Frogs in program history with a sweep in Morgantown, W. Va.

First Meeting: 9/12/09 - TCU wins 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-9)
Last Meeting: 11/16/13 - WVU wins 3-0 (17-25, 25-27, 20-25)

For the fourth straight match and seventh time this season, the TCU volleyball team recorded double-digit blocks to comeback and defeat Baylor 3-1 (24-26, 25- 22, 25-14, 25-18) on Saturday morning inside the University Recreation Center.

The top blocking team in conference matches, the Horned Frogs notched double-digit blocks and hold the top two spots in blocking in four-set conference matches after recording a team total 12 against the Bears. Mattie Burleson led the way with seven, while Natalie Gower chipped in five and Ashley Smith finished with a season-high four.

TCU had at least three players notch double-digit kills for the fifth time this season, as Stephanie Holland led the way with 14 kills and only two errors for a .522 hitting clip. Sarita Mikals and Smith recorded double-doubles on Saturday, with Mikals slamming down 12 kills and picking up 10 digs, while Smith finished with 11 kills and 11 digs.

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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