TCU Hosts K-State for Frogs For The Cure Match


Trisha Langley
Oct. 14, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team returns home to face No. 25 Kansas State live on FOX Sports Southwest with first serve set for 6:30 p.m., inside the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs (12-7, 2-3 Big 12) are looking to rebound off a five-set heartbreaking loss to West Virginia this past weekend, while the Wildcats (16-2, 3-1 Big 12) are sitting at No. 2 in the Big 12 standings after posting wins in their last three matches.

The show down has been designated the Frogs For The Cure match, with all fans encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Any fans wearing the official Frogs For The Cure official t-shirt can get a discounted ticket for only $3.

Chuck LaMendola and Logan Mittie will be on the call for the match on FOX Sports Southwest. Fans unable to attend the match can see live stat updates through GoFrogs.com, while a live audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

TCU QUICK HITS
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 190 kills and 2.92 kills per set. Smith has led the team with double-digit kills in nine matches and also has 146 digs on the season and 30 total blocks. Smith leads the team with five double-doubles on the season.

Stephanie Holland is following close behind and is helping shoulder the offensive load. Holland has 187 kills on the season, 2.75 kills per set and is shutting down at the net with 37 total blocks, which is third on the team.

The Frogs once again have two players ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage for the Big 12, with Blaire Pickens sitting at No. 6 in the league with a .332 hitting percentage while Regan McGuire checks in at No. 10 with a .320 clip. 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. 17 nationally with 0.48 aces per set. The Frogs sit atop the Big 12 in service aces with 1.54 per set and 108 total aces, which is good for No. 38 and No. 37, respectively, nationally.

TCU has been shutting down at the net the last few matches and has recorded 10 plus blocks in seven matches including four of the last five 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 178 digs and 3.87 digs per set which is ranked No. 5 in the Big 12.

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The home of the TCU volleyball team, the University Recreation Center, houses a perfect atmosphere for the Frogs as they have gone nearly undefeated in one of the rowdiest atmospheres in the Big 12.

TCU is 9-1 at home this season and has swept four of its opponents on the home floor. The Frogs are currently 2-0 at home in conference action and earned their first victory over Iowa State in a dominating four-set fashion.

The Frogs are averaging a .301 hitting clip at home, while holding opponents to a .144 hitting percentage. The Frogs are also striking down 13.58 kills per set to their opponents 10.69, while also notching 2.72 blocks per set and 1.89 service aces per set.

BREAKING DOWN THE OPPONENT - KANSAS STATE
Kansas State (16-2, 3-1 Big 12) enters the match after winning the last three matches in league action and are now ranked No. 25 in the AVCA poll after receiving votes the last five weeks.

The Wildcats dropped a five-set heartbreaker to Baylor to open conference play, but have rebounded to post wins over Kansas, Texas Tech and Iowa State.

Kansas State boasts the reigning Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week in Katie Reininger and Katie Brand, respectively. For the week, Reininger was the only Big 12 player ranked in the top 10 for hitting percentage (third), points per set (fifth), kills per set (ninth) and blocks per set (tied second). Brand, a redshirt sophomore setter, was the only Big 12 player to average more than three digs and 1.75 blocks per set last week as she ranked tied for second in blocks per set (1.75) and sixth in digs per set (3.25).

Kylee Zumach and Brooke Sassin are each ranked in the top 10 of the Big 12 in kills and points, with Zumach averaging 3.60 kills per set and Sassin knocking down 3.10 kills per set.

Kansas State is one of the toughest blocking teams in the conference with the Wildcats averaging 3.00 blocks per set, which is ranked No. 10 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12.

SERIES HISTORY
This will be the fifth meeting all-time between the two programs who had never met before TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012. The Wildcats took the first three meetings, with Kansas State sweeping the Frogs in both matches in 2012 before coming back to defeat TCU in five sets in the first matchup last fall.

In the two matchups last year, TCU was up 2-1 on the Wildcats in Manhattan but could not finish out the match with Kansas State taking the first match in the series 3-2. The Frogs welcomed Kansas State to the Rec Center for senior night in the final home match of the season and TCU was able to sweep the Wildcats for its first victory in the series.

First Meeting: 10/13/12 - Kansas State wins 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-19)
Last Meeting: 11/27/13 - TCU wins 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22)

LAST TIME OUT: WEST VIRGINIA RECAP
The TCU volleyball team could not complete a comeback and dropped a 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11) heartbreaker to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.

The senior duo of Stephanie Holland and Mattie Burleson had a career-day for the Horned Frogs, with the duo slamming down 22 and 13 kills, respectively, against the Mountaineers.

Burleson also had a career-high .591 hitting clip, while also leading the team with five blocks. Holland recorded her first double-double of her career and led the team with a career-high 14 digs.

Alexia Heist dished out a career-high 52 assists and completed her own double-double with 11 digs, while Ashley Smith recorded her own double-double of 12 kills and 12 digs. Sutton Sunstrum roamed the backrow for the Frogs and picked up 13 digs.

FOLLOW THE FROGS
Audio for all away TCU volleyball matches is available through FrogVision on TCU's Official 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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