Oct. 16, 2015
TCU Game Notes
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will hit the road for the second straight weekend as the team looks for its fifth straight victory against Iowa State on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon in the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
The Horned Frogs (14-4, 4-2 Big 12) and the Cyclones (10-6, 3-2 Big 12) will be facing off for the seventh time in program history live on Cyclones.TV with Karl Schloerke & Sarah Ramundt on the call.
Live Stream & Stats
The match will be televised live on Cyclones.TV or fans can access the match on the Cyclones.TV web player by buying a subscription. Live stats of the match can be found at StatBroadcast.com.
-TCU is on a roll after taking victories in the previous four matches with wins over WVU, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech for its first four-match winning streak in conference play in program history
-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 Frogs are currently sitting at third in the league standings with a 4-2 record
-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
-TCU reached the double-digit mark in non-conference action for the 11th time in program history, fifth straight season and 11th time in the last 13 years.
-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)
-The offense is paced by junior Preseason All-Big 12 selection Ashley Smith, who is averaging 3.02 kills per set, while McGuire is putting down 2.08 kills per set
-TCU will stick with the 6-2 offense, as senior Alexia Heist is joined by transfer sophomores Kaylee Smith in guiding the offense 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-10 in blocks per set (10th - 2.97)
-The Frogs blocking has been a key part of their game, as the team has posted double-digit total blocks 10 times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 3 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.65 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 6 nationally in total blocks with 104
Iowa State holds the advantage in the series record with a 5-1 overall record, but TCU came close to sweeping the series just a year ago after claiming its first victory in the series with a 3-1 win in Fort Worth. The Frogs then traveled to Ames and battled the Cyclones to a fifth set, but did not come out on top. Iowa State is 3-0 in matches played at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa against TCU.
First Meeting: 9/29/12 - Iowa State wins 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-17)
Last Meeting: 11/15/14 - Iowa State wins 3-2 (26-28, 25-16, 25-15, 24-26, 15-8)
Scouting the Opponent
After staring Big 12 play 2-0 with wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma, Iowa State has gone 2-1 in its last three matches with losses to ranked opponents Texas and Kansas and a sweep of Kansas State at home.
The Cyclones are known for their defense, as they boast one of the top liberos in the country in Caitlin Nolan. The senior leads the Big 12 and is ranked third nationally with 5.88 digs per set. As a team, Iowa State is picking up 16.67 digs per set, which leads the leads and sits at No. 26 nationally.
Iowa State also had one of the most efficient hitters nationally, as middle blocker Samara West has a .427 hitting clip to lead the league and rank No. 3 nationally. West is one of four Cyclones that are knocking down over 2.00 kills per set with 2.34 on the season. Freshman Jess Schaben leads the team with 3.18 kills per set, while Ciara Capezio is chipping in 2.70 kills per set and Morgan Kuhrt is contributing 2.08 kills per set.
Last Time Out: Texas Tech Recap
Freshman Ashleigh Martin had a career-day, as the TCU volleyball team picked up its fourth straight Big 12 Conference victory for the first time in program history with a 3-0 (30-28, 25-23, 25-16) sweep of Texas Tech on last Saturday morning in Lubbock, Texas at the United Supermarkets Arena.
After a sluggish start with the team falling behind by as much as eight in the first set, the Horned Frogs (14-4, 4-2 Big 12) had to battle back with Martin knocking down six kills, while the team totaled 6.5 blocks in the set to complete a comeback against the Red Raiders (12-7, 1-4 Big 12) and start the run towards the ninth sweep of the season.
TCU would go to control the remainder of the match and finished with 15.5 total blocks for the team's 10th double-digit blocking match of the season and third in the last four matches.
Martin finished with a career- and match-high 13 kills, to go along with a career-high seven blocks. Ashley Smith notched her eighth double-double of the season and 20th of her career with 11 kills and 10 digs on the day. Alexia Heist was able to put in her third double-double of the season and 22nd of her career with 18 assists and 12 digs on the day.