TCU Ready for Battle with Iowa State
Nov. 6, 2015
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.
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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)
Scouting The Opponent
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 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 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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