VB Preview: No. 5 Texas

Nov. 1, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - In the first of two straight home matches, the TCU volleyball team will host No. 5 Texas for a sold-out match on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m., live on ESPNU at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs (10-10, 3-7 Big 12) and the Longhorns (17-3, 9-1 Big 12) are both coming off road losses last week with TCU falling 3-0 at Oklahoma, while Texas dropped a 3-2 decision at No. 4 Kansas. The match on Wednesday marks the fourth and final nationally televised match for the Frogs this season as Paul Sunderland and Karch Kiraly will be on the call.

Clear Bag Policy
Only the following items will be permitted upon entrance into TCU athletics facilities:
-Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceeding 14 inches by 14 inches
-One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
-One unopened bottle of water
-Small clutch bags with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags
-The Small clutch bags must be approximately the size of a hand 
-Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at stadium/arena gates
-Backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags will not be allowed

Quick Hits
-The 2016 season marks the 21st season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program
-This season also marks the second under the helm of 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
-TCU returns 10 letterwinners and five starters from a season ago and also welcome nine newcomers, including three transfers
-91% of the offense returns for the 2016 season along with 95% of the defense at the net in blocking
-The squad includes seven seniors this season including All-American Ashley Smith and AVCA All-Southwest Region honorees Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower
-Smith, who has led the team in kills per set the last three seasons, was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team for the second straight season
-Two other key returners are Sarita Mikals and Jillian Bergeson who spent their springs honing their skills on the beach courts
-The Frogs have great offensive depth which means a 6-2 will be in play again with Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou guiding the offense
-TCU brought in a stud of a freshmen class which was ranked for the first time in program history by Prepvolleyball.com by coming in at No. 15
-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 15 of the 20 matches played and the team has recorded double-digit blocks in seven 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 six-game losing streak as they enter the second half of Big 12 play

Last Time Out: at Oklahoma
-The TCU volleyball team suffered its sixth straight loss in the month of October as they dropped a 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-17) decision to Oklahoma Saturday afternoon in Norman, Okla.
-After the Sooners climbed to a nine-point advantage in the first set, the Horned Frogs fought point-for-point to bring it within one, 24-23, after holding off two set points. One final kill made the difference as it gave Oklahoma the set and momentum to control the final two sets.
-Sarita Mikals led the team offensively with 13 kills and also picked up seven digs to become the 12th person in program history to reach over 1,000 career digs.
-Natalie Gower chipped in seven kills, while Ashley Smith and Regan McGuire each finished with six kills.

Last Time We Met: Oct. 19 at Texas
-The TCU volleyball team wrapped up the first half of Big 12 play by dropping a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-17) decision to No. 2 Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Austin, Texas.
-The Horned Frogs and the Longhorns battled back-and-forth through the first few sets, but Texas had the closing power and used double-digit kills by three players and momentum from the 2-0 lead in the match to close out the victory in straight sets.
-Natalie Gower led the team in kills with eight against the Longhorns, while fellow middle Regan McGuire recorded a .462 hitting clip with six kills and no errors on 13 swings. Gower also led the team defensively at the net with five total blocks.

Scouting the Opponent: Texas
-Texas is still leading the conference despite suffering a 3-2 loss to No. 4 Kansas on Saturday night and only have three losses on the season with all coming to top-10 opponents
-The loss to Kansas snapped a nine-game winning streak that dated back to Sept. 20
-The Longhorns are led by redshirt freshman Micaya White who is putting down 4.36 kills per set while Paulina Prieto Cerame and Ebony Nwanebu are good for 3.45 and 3.77 kills per set, respectively
-Chloe Collins is dishing out the assists this season and is putting out 11.37 assists per set to lead the team to a .300 hitting clip
-At the net, Morgan Johnson is pacing the team with 1.18 blocks per set while Yaazie Bedart- Ghani is good for 1.00 blocks per set
-Cat McCoy is anchoring the backrow with 3.77 digs per set, while Collins is picking up 2.47 digs per set



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