VB Preview: at Oklahoma

Oct. 28, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - After starting the month of October with a 3-2 win over Oklahoma, the TCU volleyball team will wrap-up the month by facing the Sooners on the road in Norman, Okla., for a Saturday, Oct. 29 showdown at Noon at McCasland Field House.

The Horned Frogs (10-9, 3-6 Big 12) are looking for their first win over the Sooners (12-10, 3-6 Big 12) in Norman since 2004 when the teams first met and TCU scored a 3-1 victory. Admission to the match tomorrow is free to all fans.

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 five-game losing streak as they are in the second half of Big 12 action
-The team is also look for its first win in Big 12 action in Norman against the Sooners since the Frogs joined the league in 2012

Last Time Out: Iowa State
For the second straight match, the TCU volleyball team had a sold-out crowd of over 1,800 people on hand but the Horned Frogs could not overcome a strong Iowa State offense as they fell 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-19) on Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The Frogs went toe-to-toe with the Cyclone in the opening set and tied up the match at 23-23 before an Iowa State kill and TCU attack error gave the set to the visitors. Strong early runs in the final two sets pushed the momentum towards the Cyclones as they defeated TCU in every statistical category to go on and win the match in straight sets.

Regan McGuire paced the TCU offense with nine kills, while Anna Walsh totaled six kills in the match. Jillian Bergeson and Sarita Mikals recorded double-digit digs in the match with 11 and 10, respectively. Mikals and Natalie Gower were the leaders at the net with three blocks a piece.

Last Time We Met: Oct. 1 vs. Oklahoma
Multiple records fell on Saturday, Oct. 1 as the TCU volleyball team battled to a 3-2 (25-18, 21-25, 26-24, 21-25, 15-4) victory over Oklahoma in front of a sold-out crowd at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center. In only the second time in program history that the Horned Frogs have played three consecutive five-set matches in a one-week time frame, the team finished with a school-record 23.5 blocks, while also improving to 3-1 in Big 12 play for the first time in program history with the win over the Sooner.

After splitting the first four sets, TCU was nearly unstoppable in the final set as Natalie Gower recorded six blocks to improve her total to a school-record 15 in the match. Oklahoma was forced to use both its timeouts after the Frogs went up 7-2 and they continued to roll as Ashley Smith knocked down two straight kills to seal the win in the set and the overall match victory.

Gower was one of three players to record double-digit kills and she finished with her first double-double of 15 kills to go along with the 15 blocks. Jillian Bergeson led the team with 17 kills and 12 digs, while Smith totaled 16 kills and 12 digs for her third double-double of the season. Lamprini Konstantinidou and Kaylee Smith dished out the offense with 27 and 21 assists, respectively, while Kayla Scheevel finished with a team-high 15 digs.

Scouting the Opponent: Oklahoma
Oklahoma has lost three straight matches headed into Saturday's showdown with TCU with the most recent loss coming at the hands of No. 2 Texas in straight sets. Before the string of losses, Oklahoma had won three straight with two over West Virginia and the last over Texas Tech.

Madison Ward is leading the way for the second straight season with 3.03 kills per set while also picking up 2.12 digs per set. Alyssa Enneking (2.96), Kimmy Gardiner (2.71), Marion Hazelwood (2.50) and Micaela Spann (2.47) are also contributing to the offense with over 2.00 kills per set. Audrey Alford is dishing out the assists this season with 11.14 per set.

Rachel Manriquez is leading the team defensively from the backrow with 3.28 digs per set while Hazelwood is shutting down the net with 1.18 blocks per set.



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