VB Preview: at Oklahoma
Oct. 28, 2016
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.
Last Time Out: Iowa State
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
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
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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