Horned Frogs Travel to Kansas State
Oct. 30, 2015
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The TCU volleyball team will hit the road for the first time in two weeks, as they travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., inside Ahearn Fieldhouse.
The Horned Frogs (16-5, 6-3 Big 12) and the Wildcats (13-8, 5-4 Big 12) will face-off live on FCS-Central with Matt Walters and Kelsey Stringer on the call.
Live Stream & Stats
Earlier this season in the first half of conference play, TCU came away with a 3-2 victory after holding off a persistent Kansas State team that came back after being down 2-0 in the match.
First Meeting: 10/13/12 - Kansas State wins 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-19)
Scouting the Opponent
Kansas State is putting down a lot of kills, with their offensive averaging 14.38 kills per set, which is ranked No. 11 nationally. Leading the charge is Brooke Sassin with 3.55 kills per set, followed by Katie Reininger (2.74 k/s), Alyssa Schultjans (2.55 k/s) and Bryna Vogel (2.40 k/s). Dishing out the assists for the offense is Katie Brand, who is ranked No. 24 nationally with 11.12 assists per set.
The defense is anchored by Kersten Kober, who is picking up 4.23 digs per set and not far behind is Brand with 3.08 digs per set. The Wildcats are stuffing 2.12 blocks per set and are led by Reininger (1.01 b/s) and Macy Flowers (1.04 b/s).
We Meet Again: First Meeting With Kansas State Recap
Despite going up 2-0 in the match, the Horned Frogs had to fight off a persistent Wildcats team that would push the match into the decisive fifth set. The offense and defense came alive in the final frame, as TCU struck down eight kills and only one error and put up four total blocks to win the match.
Kansas State was able to put down more kills in the match (67 to 64), but TCU was more efficient with a .217 clip, while also shutting down at the net with eight total blocks. Ashley Smith was clutch offensively in key moments of the match and finished with a match-, season- and career-high 23 kills on the night, to go along with a .389 hitting percentage, 11 digs and five total blocks.
Last Time Out: Texas Recap
The Longhorns (18-2, 8-1 Big 12) came into the match having swept seven of its last eight league opponents, but the Horned Frogs (16-5, 6-3 Big 12) controlled the match from the very first point as the team scored its first victory over Texas in program history, its first win over a top-10 ranked opponent and its first victory this season over a ranked foe.
Texas was averaging a .307 hitting clip, which ranked No. 4 nationally, but TCU held the Longhorns to their lowest hitting percentage of the season at .183 in the match. The Frogs were able to lead the match in kills (41), digs (41) and blocks (8.5), while also recording above a .300 hitting clip for the sixth time this season.
Sarita Mikals was the leader offensively and defensively with a double-double of 11 kills and 12 digs. Ashley Smith chipped in eight kills on the night, while Ashleigh Martin and Regan McGuire were both good for seven kills apiece.
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