Preview: at #22 Iowa State


Oct. 20, 2017

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AMES, Iowa - The first half of Big 12 play in the 2017 season will wrap-up for the TCU volleyball team on Saturday, Oct. 21 as they take on No. 22 Iowa State inside the Hilton Coliseum at 1 p.m., in Ames, Iowa.

The match between the Horned Frogs (9-10, 1-6 Big 12) and the Cyclones (13-4, 4-3 Big 12) will air live on Cyclones.TV with a paid subscription.

TCU Quick Hits
-This season marks the third under the helm of 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 
-Kramer has led TCU to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament, has totaled over 100 career wins in her coaching career and was recently inducted into the TCU Lettermen Hall of Fame 
-TCU is now 9-10 on the season and is wrapping-up the first half of Big 12 play on the road at Iowa State 
-In the third RPI of the season, TCU checks in at No. 54 with the 12th best schedule in the country 
-The Horned Frogs are a young team with eight of the current nine true or redshirt freshmen having seen action this season 
-True freshmen Dani Dennison, Sarah Swanson, Allye Beth Deaton and Berklie Baker have appeared in every match so far this season 
-Ashleigh Martin has started a `Marty Party' this year as the junior is putting down 2.76 kills per set and double-digit kills in nine matches this season 
-Anna Walsh is becoming one of the most efficient hitters in the Big 12 as the junior hit above .300 in eight of the last 13 matches and 10 matches this season 
-Walsh has put down double-digit kills in 11 matches this season and leads the team in Big 12 only match with 3.46 kills per set and .337 hitting clip 
-The junior is also being defensive at the net and is ranked third in Big 12 only match with 1.21 blocks per set after recording a season-high 8.0 block at West Virginia 
-Guiding the offense is two experienced setters in seniors Lamprini Konstantindou and Kaylee Smith who are dishing out 6.30 and 4.97 assists per set, respectively 
-Dennison has been the anchor in the back row and is ranked second in the Big 12 with 4.73 digs per set after leading the league through the first two weekends of action 
-Dennison has picked up double-digit digs in 17 of the 19 matches played this season and 20+ in six 
-The highest ranked recruit to ever enroll at TCU in Abigail Buckingham has slowly made her way onto the court and is good for 2.84 kills per set when she sees action 
-Buckingham has put down double-digit kills in six matches this season and four of the last five matches played 

Scouting the Opponent: Iowa State
-Iowa State is sitting at No. 4 in the Big 12 with a 4-3 mark after picking up a 3-1 win over West Virginia on Wednesday 
-The Cyclones comes in at No. 22 AVCA poll this week after starting the season with a 10-1 record with nine wins in nonconference action 
-Jess Schaben is leading the Iowa State offense with 3.09 kills per set while also picking up 2.88 digs per set and shutting down at the net with 0.75 blocks per set 
-Three other Cyclones are recording over 2.00 kills/set with Samara West (2.92 kills/set), Grace Lazard (2.28 kills/set) and Alexis Conaway (2.24 kills/set) also contributing offensively 
-The offense is being dished out mainly by Monique Harris with 8.62 assists per set, but freshman Piper Mauck will also step in and has dished out 3.78 assists per set 
-The Cyclones are studs on defense as they are picking up 17.41 digs per set as a team with Hali Hillegas leading the Big 12 with 5.58 digs per set 
-Harris is good for 2.70 digs per set, while Conaway has picked up 1.68 digs per set 
-At the net, Iowa State is also very defensive with 3.08 blocks per set as a team with Lazard leading the way with 1.23 blocks per set and Avery Rhodes recording 1.18 blocks per set 

Recap: Oklahoma
-It was standing room only as the largest crowd of the season of 2,248 people were in attendance on Wednesday night as the TCU volleyball team battled hard but ultimately dropped a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-21) decision to Oklahoma 
-The Horned Frogs hit another milestone against the Sooners as senior Kaylee Smith reached 2,000 career assists in the match becoming the seventh player in program history to achieve the feat 
-TCU was able to limit its offensive errors in the match, but Oklahoma proved to have the upper hand offensively as they hit .376 on its way to a sweep 
-Allye Beth Deaton led the way with 15 kills in the match to go along with a .400 hitting clip and six digs 
-Abigail Buckingham also reached double-digit kills with 10 in the match with only one error on 23 swings for a .391 hitting percentage 
-On defense, Dani Dennison was able to pick up eight digs to lead the team while Anna Walsh was good for 4.0 blocks


 

 

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