Horned Frogs Travel to Kansas State

Oct. 30, 2015

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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
The match will be streamed live on K-StateHD.TV or fans can view live stats on KStateSports.com.

Quick Hits
-TCU is coming off its biggest win in program history after sweeping No. 2 Texas on Wednesday night
-The Frogs enter this match having won six of their last seven matches, including five wins in the first half of conference play, which was the most in program history
-This season, TCU posted its first four-match winning streak in conference play in program history and now have six wins in league action, which is tied for the most since joining the Big 12 in 2012
-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 3.03 kills per set, while McGuire is putting down 2.08 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 - 2.97)
-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. 6 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.59 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 8 nationally in total blocks with 119

Series History
Kansas State holds a 5-2 advantage over TCU in the series meetings, with all the matches coming since 2012 when the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12. The Wildcats swept the series meetings in 2012 and 2014, while the teams split meetings in 2013. The previous lone victory for the Frogs in the series came in the home season finale in 2013, with TCU coming away with the 3-0 win. In matches played in Manhattan, Kansas State holds an overall record 3-0 record.

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)
Last Meeting: 10/3/15 - TCU wins 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 17-25, 15-9)

Scouting the Opponent
Kansas State enters the match after winning four of their last five matches, with all of the victories being sweeps. The Wildcats posted wins over West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas Tech to wrap-up the first half of conference play, before traveling to West Virginia and picking up a 3-0 victory to open the second half of league play.

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
In front of a sold-out crowd at home inside the University Recreation Center in Fort Worth, Texas, the TCU volleyball pulled out a 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 17-25, 15-9) victory over Kansas State on Saturday, Oct. 3 in the last meeting between the programs.

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
It was a historic night of firsts for the TCU volleyball team, as the Horned Frogs upset and swept No. 2 Texas 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) to hand the Longhorns their first Big 12 loss this season in front of over 2,000 fans on Wednesday night inside the University Recreation Center.

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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