VB Preview: No. 2 Texas
Oct. 18, 2016
AUSTIN, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will wrap-up the first half of Big 12 play by traveling to Austin, Texas to face No. 2 Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., inside Gregory Gym.
The Horned Frogs (10-7, 3-4 Big 12) and the Longhorns (14-2, 6-0 Big 12) will be facing off for the 12th time in program history live on FOX Sports with Dave Barnett and Jill Dorsey-Hall on the call in the team's third of four nationally televised matches in 2016.
Last Time Out: #6 Kansas
In front of the team's fifth straight sellout of the season, the Horned Frogs (10-7, 3-4 Big 12) struggled to get a rhythm offensively as the Jayhawks (17-2, 6-1 Big 12) held TCU to its lowest hitting percentage of the season at .056 and out-blocked the Frogs with 12 total in the match.
Natalie Gower led the team offensively with 7 total kills in the match and no errors for a .412 hitting clip. Gower also led the team defensively at the net along with Anna Walsh with three total blocks each. Ashley Smith and Sarita Mikals each picked up double-digit digs with 12 and 14, respectively.
Scouting the Opponent: #2 Texas
Pacing the Texas offense is freshman Micaya White, junior Ebony Nwanebu and Paulina Prieto Cerame. White (4.38) and Nwanebu (4.07) are both averaging over 4.00 kills per set, while Prieto Cerame is putting down 3.44 kills per set. Nwanebu also boasts one of the highest hitting clips on the team with a .367 efficiency. Dishing out the assists for the fourth straight season is Chloe Collins who is averaging 11.46 assists per set.
At the net defensively, sophomore Morgan Johnson is leading the charge with 1.16 blocks per set while Texas as a team is shutting down with 2.51 blocks per set. Cat McCoy is anchoring the backrow for the third straight season and has picked up 3.64 digs per set, while Collins is good for 2.19 digs per set.
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