TCU Set for Sellout with No. 2 Texas

Oct. 27, 2015

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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
Fans unable to attend the match at the Rec Center can see live stat updates through, while a live audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

-The first 250 TCU students with a valid ID will get their choice of a free TCU neon hat.

Quick Hits
-TCU is set to start the second half of Big 12 play after winning five of their last six matches
-With wins over WVU, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, the Horned Frogs posted their 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 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 3.04 kills per set, while McGuire is putting down 2.07 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-15 in blocks per set (11th - 2.98)
-The Frogs blocking has been a key part of their game, as the team has posted double-digit total blocks 12 times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 5 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.61 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 11 nationally in total blocks with 116

Scouting The Opponent
Texas is now the only unbeaten team in Big 12 play, as the Longhorns handed Kansas its first loss of the season last Friday night. Texas swept every Big 12 opponent in the first half of league action, except for a 3-1 win over Oklahoma on Oct. 11. The Longhorns have not dropped a match since Sept 5, when the team lost 3-1 to then-No. 4 Florida for a 14-match winning streak.

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
The TCU volleyball team opened Big 12 play in the 2015 season by heading to Austin on Sept. 23, where the No. 2 Longhorns handed the team a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 29-27) loss inside Gregory Gym.

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
In front of the second largest crowd in program history of 2,229 fans, the TCU volleyball team came back to down Baylor 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10) last Wednesday night inside the University Recreation Center.

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.

The home of the TCU volleyball team, the University Recreation Center, has been one of the most packed and loudest venues in the Big 12 this season. With a capacity of 1,350, the Rec Center has been sold out for five of the seven matches thus far, including all four Big 12 matches.

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).



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