TCU Ready for Battle with Iowa State

Nov. 6, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team is ready to welcome Iowa State for a showdown on Saturday, Nov. 7 inside the University Recreation Center at Noon.

The match between the Horned Frogs (16-6, 6-4 Big 12) and the Cyclones (14-7, 7-3 Big 12) will air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with Chuck LaMendola and Pam Lea on the call.

Live Stats & Audio
Fans unable to attend the match at the Rec Center can see live stat updates through, while a live audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

Quick Hits
-TCU enters the first week of November after going 1-1 last week to wrap-up October with Ashleigh Martin being named Big 12 Rookie of the Week
-The Frogs won their biggest match in program history last week, when they swept No. 2 Texas at home for its first victory over a top-10 and top-5 opponent
-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
-The offense is paced by junior Preseason All-Big 12 selection Ashley Smith, who is averaging 3.01 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-10 in blocks per set (10th - 3.00)
-The Frogs blocking has been a key part of their game, as the team has posted double-digit total blocks 13 times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 7 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.61 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 10 nationally in total blocks with 127

Series History
Iowa State holds the advantage in the series record with a 6-1 overall record, but TCU came close to sweeping the series just a year ago after claiming its first victory in the series with a 3-1 win in Fort Worth. The Frogs then traveled to Ames and battled the Cyclones to a fifth set, but did not come out on top. Iowa State is 2-1 in matches played at the Univeristy Recreation Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Earlier this season, Iowa State was able to come out on top in the first match-up between the teams with a 3-1 victory in Ames, Iowa that broke the four-match winning streak that TCU was on.

First Meeting: 9/29/12 - Iowa State wins 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-17)
Last Meeting: 10/17/15 - Iowa State wins 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 17-25, 25-22)

Scouting The Opponent
Iowa State enters the match after winning four of their last five matches including starting the second half of Big 12 play with a 1-1 record. The Cyclones dropped a match to No. 10 Kansas on Oct. 28, before rebounding with a 3-1 victory over Oklahoma on Oct. 31.

The offensive attack by Iowa State is anchored by true freshman Jess Schaben, who is putting down 3.25 kills per set, to go along with 0.45 blocks per set. The Cyclones balance out the rest of their offense with four other players putting down more than 2.00 kills per set - Ciara Capezio (2.61 k/s), Morgan Kuhrt (2.30 k/s), Sama West (2.24 k/s) and Alexis Conaway (2.05 k/s).

Although Iowa State is putting down 13.87 kills per set, the best part of their team is on the defensive side. Two-time Big 12 Libero of the Year Caitlin Nolan is leading the league and ranked No. 3 nationally with 6.01 digs per set. The senior is helping the Cyclones to 16.87 digs per set which leads the conference and is No. 26 in the nation. Iowa State is also stuffing 1.97 blocks per set, with West leading the charge with 0.84 blocks per set and Conaway putting down 0.83 blocks per set.

We Meet Again: First Meeting With Iowa State Recap
The four-match winning streak that TCU volleyball team was riding came to a halt on Saturday, Oct. 17, as the Horned Frogs fell to Iowa State 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 17-25, 25-22) at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

The Horned Frogs went to battle with the Cyclones and after dropping the opening two frames, attempted to comeback and push the match to five sets after finding the win in the third set. The Iowa State offense proved to be too much in the final moments, as they closed out the match in four.

Ashley Smith was clicking on all cylinders, as the junior led the team in kills (12), digs (16) and service aces (3) to mark her ninth double-double of the season. The team also finished with 12.0 total blocks to mark the 11th time this season and third straight match with double-digit blocks.

Last Time Out: Kansas State Recap
The TCU volleyball team could not complete a comeback, as the team dropped a 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22) decision last Saturday night to Kansas State inside Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan.

The Horned Frogs fell behind early as the Wildcats won the opening two frames, but TCU did not give up and battled back to take the third set. Kansas State was able to jump out to an early 11-3 lead in the fourth set and the Frogs could never recover, as the Wildcats claimed the match in four.

TCU was able to outhit (.202) the Wildcats (.180) and lead in blocking (14.0 to 9.0), but Kansas State held the edge in kills (60), service aces (5) and digs (82). With the win by the Wildcats, TCU and Kansas State have now split the series this season.

Ashleigh Martin led the team in kills with 14 on the night, while Ashley Smith put together 11 kills to go along with 10 digs. Sarita Mikals was just short of double-digit kills with nine kills on the night and zero errors to go along with a .391 hitting clip and 13 digs.



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