TCU Resumes Conference Play at Baylor

Sarita Mikals
Nov. 11, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - After a brief break from conference action, TCU will resume league play by hitting the road to face Baylor on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., at The Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

The 14th meeting all-time for the Horned Frogs (15-11, 5-6 Big 12) and the Bears (13-13, 3-8 Big 12) will air live on FOX Sports Southwest with John Morris and Kristen Bates on the call.

Fans unable to attend the match in Waco can see live stat updates through, while a live audio feed with Jeff Lewis on the call will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription on

TCU returns for the 2014 season after posting a winning record for the ninth time in the last 12 years under head coach Prentice Lewis in 2013.

2014 marks the 19th season in program history and the 13th under the helm of Lewis. 14 returners will be on the roster for the Horned Frogs, including five returning starters and the libero.

Under the tenure of Lewis, TCU has finished with a .500 record in nonconference play every year since 2002 and has garnered at least one tournament title.

Ashley Smith has been a consistent leader for the Frogs this season and leads the team with 264 kills and 2.90 kills per set. Smith has led the team with double-digit kills in 14 matches and also has 210 digs on the season and 39 total blocks. Smith leads the team with seven double-doubles on the season.

Stephanie Holland is following close behind and is helping shoulder the offensive load. Holland has 232 kills on the season, 2.67 kills per set and is shutting down at the net with 48 total blocks which is good for third on the team.

The Frogs once again have two players ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage for the Big 12, with Regan McGuire checking in at No. 7 with a .321 clip and Blaire Pickens sitting at No. 8 in the league with a .307 hitting. Pickens currently holds the school record with a perfect 1.000 hitting clip after going 10-for-10 against Grambling State earlier this year.

The Frogs sit near the top the Big 12 in service aces with 1.36 per set and 131 total aces. TCU has notched at least one service ace in every match this season except for two.

TCU has been shutting down at the net the last few matches and has recorded 10 plus blocks in 10 matches this season including seven of the last 112and a season-high 16.0 against Iowa State. Mattie Burleson is ranked No. 7 in conference only matches with 1.23 blocks per set and fourth with 53 total blocks.

Sutton Sunstrum has held down the backcourt for TCU despite missing a few matches with an injury and has recorded 285 digs and 3.96 digs per set which is ranked No. 4 in the Big 12.

The TCU volleyball team had its three-match winning streak snapped, as North Texas took a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-22) victory on Sunday afternoon in a nonconference showdown at the North Texas Volleyball Center.

The Horned Frogs were led by Blaire Pickens with nine kills, while Ashley Smith chipped in six against a Mean Green team that is on a seven-match winning streak and has not dropped a set in the month of November.

North Texas was able to put down 51 kills, while TCU was held to only 33 in the match. The Mean Green out-blocked in the match with eight to the Frogs' three, while also record six service aces to TCU's three.

Sutton Sunstrum led the defensive effort with 11 digs on the day for her 17th double-digit dig match of the season. Alexia Heist dished out 19 assists on the day, while also contributing seven digs.

TCU and Baylor are meeing for the 14th time in the series, with the Bears holding the advantage with a 9-4 record all-time. Before last season, the Frogs had won just once in program history against Baylor and it was a sweep in Fort Worth in 2009.

In the two matchups last year, TCU earned its third sweep in conference play since joining the Big 12 in 2012 when the Frogs went to Waco and won a 3-0 decision, before taking a 3-2 victory at home in November.

First Meeting: 8/31/96 - Baylor wins 3-0 (15-5, 15-7, 15-11)
Last Meeting: 10/4/14 - TCU wins 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18)

For the fourth straight match and seventh time this season, the TCU volleyball team recorded double-digit blocks to comeback and defeat Baylor 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18) on Saturday, Oct. 4 inside the University Recreation Center.

TCU was the top blocking team in conference matches at the time, as the Horned Frogs notched double-digit blocks and hold the top two spots in blocking in four-set conference matches after recording a team total 12 against the Bears. Mattie Burleson led the way with seven, while Natalie Gower chipped in five and Ashley Smith finished with a season-high four.

TCU had at least three players notch double-digit kills for the fifth time, as Stephanie Holland led the way with 14 kills and only two errors for a .522 hitting clip. Sarita Mikals and Smith recorded double-doubles on Saturday, with Mikals slamming down 12 kills and picking up 10 digs, while Smith finished with 11 kills and 11 digs.

Sutton Sunstrum paced the back row and finished with 14 digs, while Alexia Heist was just short of a double-double after dishing out a team-high 22 assists and recording nine digs.

Baylor is hoping to snap a two-game losing streak after dropping two sweeps to Kansas and then-No. 25 Oklahoma last week. Before those two matches, the Bears had picked up two straight wins against Iowa State and Texas Tech.

Andie Malloy is pacing the offensive effort for the Bears and is ranked No. 2 in the conference in kills per set (3.97) and points per set (4.42). Malloy has totaled 381 kills on the season and has picked up 283 digs and 2.95 digs per set, which is good for No. 9 in the conference standings.

Baylor is sitting at No. 3 in the league standings in digs per set, with five players averaging over 2.00 digs per set. Along with Malloy, Hope Ogden (2.82), Jana Brusek (2.49), Ashley Myer (2.38) and Thea Munch-Soegaard (2.11) join the defensive list. Brusek has been donning the libero jersey for Baylor and was named the first Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week last week.

The Bears are also getting some offensive momentum from Katie Staiger and Adrien Richburg. The duo is each averaging over 2.00 kills per set, while also combining for 79 total blocks. Tola Itiola is sitting at No. 8 in the conference standings with a .315 hitting clip and is fourth on the team with 133 kills and leads the team with 66 total blocks.



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