TCU Set for Sellout with No. 2 Texas
Oct. 27, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas - Another sold-out crowd will be on hand, as the TCU volleyball team is set to host No. 2 Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m., inside the University Recreation Center.
The match between the Horned Frogs (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) and the Longhorns (18-1, 8-0 Big 12) will be the opener of the second half of Big 12 play and will air live on FOX Sports Southwest with Chuck LaMendola and Pam Lea on the call.
Live Stats & Audio
Scouting The Opponent
Amy Neal is the force behind the offensive for the Longhorns, as the senior is ranked in the top -30 nationally in three categories - service aces per set (27th-0.43), points per set (22nd-4.90) and kills per set (27th-4.29). Chiaka Ogbogu is one of the most efficient hitters in the league with 2.80 kills per set on a .405 hitting clip. Paulina Prieto Cerame and Molly McCage wrap up the offensive leaders with 2.66 and 2.09 kills per set, respectively.
The Longhorn block is one of the best in the conference with 2.55 blocks per set, as Ogbogu is ranked No. 2 in the conference with 1.34 blocks per set. Cat McCoy is leading the charge from the back row, as the sophomore is picking up 4.16 digs per set, while also putting down 0.22 service aces per set.
We Meet Again
After finding themselves down 11-5 in the third set, the Horned Frogs stormed back to tie the set 11 times and pushed the Longhorns to the limit. Texas ultimately came out on top and controlled the match with its .312 hitting clip and 10 total blocks to take the victory. Despite picking up more digs (53 to 52), TCU was held to a .192 hitting percentage and the Big 12 leaders in blocking could only put up four total blocks in the match.
Ashley Smith and Sarita Mikals each totaled double-digit kills on the night, with Mikals leading the way with 11 and Smith putting down 10. Kaylee Smith dished out a team-high 19 assists on the night and completed her first double-double of her career with 11 digs. Sutton Sunstrum controlled the back row with a team-high 15 digs.
Last Time Out: Baylor Recap
The Horned Frogs scored their first victory this season after being down 2-1 in the match to the Bears, as TCU has won five of their last six matches to close out the first half of league action.
After dropping two of the opening three frames, TCU used a dominant fourth set where the Frogs scored 17 kills with zero errors for a .607 hitting clip and four blocks to force a decisive fifth set. The teams traded points to begin the final set but after switching sides, TCU turned up the offense as the Frogs struck down five more kills to close out the victory.
Ashley Smith led the team in kills for the 10th time this season with 17 on the night to go along with team-best 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Sarita Mikals picked up 11 kills on the night, while Jillian Bergeson finished with 11 digs. Natalie Gower also had a career-night for TCU with 10 blocks, while also finishing with eight kills and no errors for a .615 hitting percentage.
TCU currently ranks No. 41 nationally in attendance with 11,341 fans having walked through the doors. The Horned Frogs are also averaging 1,620 fans at matches this season. Since moving to the Rec Center in 2003, TCU has posted a 127-56 record (.694).
FOLLOW THE FROGS
M Basketball @TCUBasketball
W Basketball @TCUWbasketball
M Golf @TCUMensGolf
W Golf @TCUWomensGolf
Swimming & Diving @TCUswimdive
M Tennis @TCUMensTennis
W Tennis @TCUWomensTennis
Track & Field @TCUTrackField
Beach Volleyball @TCUBeachVB