TCU Travels to Waco to Face Baylor


Nov. 10, 2015

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS - A two-match road swing for the TCU volleyball team will start on Wednesday, Nov. 11, as the Horned Frogs are set to take on Baylor at 7 p.m., at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

The match between the Horned Frogs (16-6, 6-5 Big 12) and the Bears (16-9, 4-7 Big 12) will air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with John Morris and Kristen Bates on the call.

Live Stats & Audio
Fans unable to attend the match in Waco can see live stat updates through StatBroadcast.com., while a live audio feed will be available through BaylorBears.com with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

Quick Hits
-TCU is hoping to snap a two-match losing streak after falling to Kansas State and Iowa State in the last two matches
-The Frogs won their biggest match in program history to start the second half of Big 12 play, 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 2.99 kills per set, while McGuire is putting down 2.07 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 - 2.95)
-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. 9 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.59 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 15 nationally in total blocks with 130

Series History
The Baylor and TCU series dates back to the beginning of the the Horned Frogs program's inception with the first match taking place in 1996. The Bears won the first seven matches in the series and hold an overall series advantage of 10-5. TCU picked up its first victory in Fort Worth in 2011 and swept Baylor in the Big 12 series meetings in 2013. Baylor holds a 5-1 record in matches played in Waco.

Earlier this season, TCU scored its fifth victory in the series when it came back from being down 2-1 to defeat Baylor at home in five sets.

First Meeting: 8/31/96 - Baylor wins 3-0 (15-5, 15-7, 15-11)
Last Meeting: 10/21/15 - TCU wins 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10)

Scouting The Opponent
Baylor enters the match riding a two-match winning streak after going on the road to defeat Texas Tech in four sets, before welcoming West Virginia and claiming a sweep over the Mountaineers on Saturday.

The Bears boast a balanced out offense with Andie Malloy leading the charge with 2.91 kills per set. Shelly Fanning and Katie Staiger follow closely behind and help carry the offensive load with 2.83 and 2.81 kills per set, respectively. Baylor may be running a 6-2 offense that is led by senior Amy Rosenbaum, who leads the team with 5.99 assists per set.

On the defensive side of the ball, Baylor is shutting down with 2.30 blocks per set, while also picking up 13.25 digs per set. Tola Itiola is leading the charge at the net with 1.01 blocks per set, while Jordan Vail is contributing 0.98 blocks per set. From the back row, Jana Brusek is picking up 2.41 digs per set, while Malloy is good for 2.79 digs per set.

We Meet Again: First Meeting With Baylor Recap
In front of the second largest crowd in program history of 2,229 fans, the TCU volleyball team came back to down Baylor 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10) on Wednesday, Oct. 21 inside the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs scored their first victory this season after being down 2-1 in the match to the Bears, TCU has won five of their last six matches to close out the first half of league action.

After dropping two of the opening three frames, TCU used a dominant fourth set where the Frogs scored 17 kills with zero errors for a .607 hitting clip and four blocks to force a decisive fifth set. The teams traded points to begin the final set but after switching sides, TCU turned up the offense as the Frogs struck down five more kills to close out the victory.

Ashley Smith led the team in kills for the 10th time this season with 17 on the night to go along with team-best 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Sarita Mikals picked up 11 kills on the night, while Jillian Bergeson finished with 11 digs. Natalie Gower also had a career-night for TCU with 10 blocks, while also finishing with eight kills and no errors for a .615 hitting percentage.

Last Time Out: Iowa State Recap
A strong offensive effort by Iowa State proved to be too much, as the TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-17) decision to the Cyclones on Saturday afternoon in the University Recreation Center.

In front of the seventh sold-out crowd of the season, the Horned Frogs (16-7, 6-5 Big 12) could not handle the Cyclones (15-7, 8-3 Big 12) who controlled the match from the very beginning and were able to put down 47 kills to TCU's 35 kills and record a .343 hitting percentage.

Freshman Ashleigh Martin had another career-day for TCU, as the freshman led the team with eight kills on the day for a career-high .583 hitting clip. Ashley Smith put down seven kills on the day, while Regan McGuire chipped in six kills and Jillian Bergeson put down five kills.

Defensively, Bergeson led the team with 10 digs on the day, while McGuire had three blocks.


 

 

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