VB Preview: Iowa State

Oct. 21, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The second half of Big 12 action will kick-off on Saturday, Oct. 22 for the TCU volleyball team as they are set to host Iowa State for a 5 p.m., match at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The match between the Horned Frogs (10-8, 3-5 Big 12) and the Cyclones (10-9, 2-5 Big 12) will air live on FSSW+ with Chuck LaMendola and Alexia Heist on the call. The match will also be the team's Frogs for the Cure match and all fans are encouraged to wear whatever color they want in support of all cancer awareness and research.  

Quick Hits
-The 2016 season marks the 21st season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program
-In its final preseason match of the season, TCU downed No. 8 North Carolina with the win marking the second top-10 win in program history and second straight season the team has achieved that feat
-In the win over Iowa State, Mikals became the sixth player in program history and the first under the helm of Kramer to score a triple-double with 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks
-TCU has out-block their opponents in 14 of the 17 matches played and the team has recorded double-digit blocks in six matches
-Three school records have fallen this season with Sarita Mikals breaking the single-match record in digs (36-9/2/16 at Duke), while Natalie Gower recently topped the single-match record in blocks (15-10/1/16 vs. Oklahoma). The team also finished with 23.5 blocks against the Sooners for a new program best in total team blocks.
-TCU is looking to snap a four-game losing streak as they start the second half of Big 12 play

Last Time Out: #2 Texas
The TCU volleyball team wrapped up the first half of Big 12 play by dropping a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-17) decision to No. 2 Texas on Wednesday night inside Gregory Gym in Austin, Texas.

The Horned Frogs and the Longhorns battled back-and-forth through the first few sets, but Texas had the closing power and used double-digit kills by three players and momentum from the 2-0 lead in the match to close out the victory in straight sets.

Natalie Gower led the team in kills for the fourth time this season with eight against the Longhorns, while fellow middle Regan McGuire recorded a .462 hitting clip with six kills and no errors on 13 swings. Gower also led the team defensively at the net with five total blocks. Kayla Scheevel led the team in digs for the seventh time this season with 12 in the match for her 10th double-digit match of the season. Lamprini Konstantinidou was just shy of a double-double with 13 assists and nine digs, while Kaylee Smith finished with 12 assists and five digs.

Last Time We Met: Sept. 25 at Iowa State
The defense at the net came through for the TCU volleyball team as they scored a 3-2 (24-26, 25- 16, 25-20, 17-25, 15-11) victory over Iowa State on Sunday, Sept. 25 inside the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. The win by the Horned Frogs was the first in program history over the Cyclones in matches played in Ames. TCU outhit Iowa State with 66 kills to the home team's 64 while also serving up a season-high eight service aces and recording 12.5 blocks in the match.

After letting the first set slip away, TCU rebounded by controlling sets two and three from the very beginning to go up 2-1 in the match. Iowa State would not go away quietly as they came back in the fourth set to push the decisive fifth set. The Cyclones would take a 3-1 advantage to start the final set, but TCU won four straight points to go up 5-3. The teams traded points until a service error by Iowa State started a 5-0 run that included two blocks by Natalie Gower to secure the 15-11 win.

Sarita Mikals became the sixth player in TCU volleyball history to score a triple-double as the senior finished with 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 total blocks. Three other players finished in double figures offensively as Regan McGuire put down 13 kills, while Ashley Smith and Jillian Bergeson each finished with a double-double of 13 kills and 13 digs and 12 kills and 14 digs, respectively. Kaylee Smith was the final player to finish with a double-double as the junior dished out 30 assists and picked up 13 digs.

Scouting the Opponent: Iowa State
Iowa State is sitting at 10-9 this season with only two wins thus far in Big 12 action with a 3-2 win at West Virginia and a 3-0 sweep at home over Texas Tech. In the team's last match, they dropped a 3-2 decision at home to Baylor.

Jess Schaben is pacing the offense for the Cyclones with 3.50 kills per set to go along with 2.33 digs per set. Alexis Conaway (2.15), Morgan Kuhrt (2.14) and Genesis Miranda (2.11) are also putting down kills for Iowa State with over 2.00 kills per set. The current offensive situation has the Cyclones running a 6-2 with Monique Harris (7.27) and Suzanne Horner (6.28) dishing out the assists.

The search for the libero continues for Iowa State with Hali Hillegas currently taking on the role and pacing the team with 3.09 dig per set. Ciara Capezio (2.52) and Branen Berta (2.10) have also provided defensive support for the Cyclones.



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