VB Preview: Kansas State

Nov. 4, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - For the second time this week, the TCU volleyball team will host a home match as they welcome Kansas State to The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center for a showdown at 5 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The match between the Horned Frogs (10-11, 3-8 Big 12) and the Wildcats (17-7, 6-5 Big 12) will air live on FOX Sports Southwest + with Chuck LaMendola and Alexia Heist on the call. Both teams are coming off tough battles on Wednesday night as TCU dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 5 Texas, while Kansas State fell 3-2 to No. 4 Kansas.

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 16 of the 21 matches played and the team has recorded double-digit blocks in eight 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 seven-game losing streak as they enter the second half of Big 12 play

Last Time Out: Texas
-A tough battle Wednesday night did not end in TCU volleyball's favor as they came up just short to No. 5 Texas, 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-13, 27-25), at The Rickel
-The Horned Frogs were able to snag the opening set after holding the Longhorns to a negative hitting percentage. Early runs in sets two and three by Texas gave them too much of an advantage that TCU could not overcome. The teams tied on nine occasions in the fourth set and the Frogs were able to hold off three match points, but one final attack error gave Texas the set and the match.
-Ashley Smith finished with a double-double of 15 kills and 16 digs to lead the team offensively and defensively.
-Regan McGuire shut down at the net with eight total blocks, while Mikals and Scheevel also picked up double-digit digs from the backrow with 13 and 12, respectively.

Last Time We Met: Oct. 8 at Kansas State
-In the second straight road match of the week, the TCU volleyball team came up just short as they dropped a 3-1 (33-31, 21-25, 25-18, 25-12) decision to Kansas State
-After the Horned Frogs and the Wildcats split the opening two sets, K-State dominated the third set with a .607 hitting clip and used the momentum to take an early lead in the fourth set as TCU could not recover and Kansas State won the match in four sets.
-Ashley Smith and Regan McGuire led the offensive effort for TCU with 11 kills each, while Natalie Gower finished with 10 kills.
-Jillian Bergeson and Kayla Scheevel anchored the back row with 16 kills each, while McGuire finished with a team-best six total blocks to lead the team at the net.

Scouting the Opponent: Kansas State
-Kansas State is sitting at No. 4 in the conference standings and is coming off a tough 3-2 loss to No. 4 Kansas on Wednesday night
-The Wildcats are led by Brooke Sassin (3.09 k/s) offensively, while the other pin hitters Bryna Vogel (2.90 k/s) and Kylee Zumach (2.94 k/s) are almost averaging 3.00 kills per set
-Katie Brand is dishing out the assists for Kansas State and is averaging 11.61 assists per set
-Behind the service line, the Wildcats are averaging 1.26 service aces per set with Vogel leading the way with 0.24 service aces per set
-Anchoring the defense is Kersten Kober who is pickng up 3.91 digs per set, while Brand is good for 2.92 digs per set and Vogel is recording 2.91 digs per set
-At the new, Macy Flowers is leading the charge with 1.01 blocks per set



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