TCU and Baylor Set to Tussle

Stephanie Holland and TCU take on Baylor on Wednesday.

Stephanie Holland and TCU take on Baylor on Wednesday.

Nov. 13, 2012

TCU MATCH NOTES

FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s volleyball team returns to the University Recreation Center for the first time in two weeks Wednesday when it hosts Baylor in the final meeting of 2012 between the two schools. First serve is set for 5 p.m.

The Horned Frogs are 14-11 overall and 3-9 in Big 12 play. The Bears are 18-10 and are just ahead of TCU in the Big 12 standings at 5-8. TCU dropped a 3-0 decision at No. 17 Kansas State last Saturday, while Baylor won 3-0 at West Virginia.

In the first meeting of 2012 between the two schools, Baylor won a five-set thriller, 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-13, at the Bears’ Ferrell Center. TCU had a 13-12 lead in the deciding set, but was unable to finish off the Bears. Sloane Sunstrum had 16 kills and 26 digs, while Sutton Sunstrum tallied a career-best 15 kills and 23 digs.
 
Junior Yvonne Igodan leads the Frogs at 3.34 kills per set and with an attack percentage of .338 after 13 kills at Kansas State. Sophomore Mattie Burleson is TCU’s block leader at 1.27 per set, while senior Megan Munce headlines the Frogs and is second in the Big 12 at 0.41 aces per set.

ON THE AIR AND ON THE WEB
Audio for all TCU volleyball matches is available through FrogVision on TCU’s Official Athletics Website, GoFrogs.com. Jeff Lewis will provide play-by-play and analysis throughout the 2012 season.

Video for all home TCU matches is streamed on FrogVision through GoFrogs.com with Lewis on the call. Audio and video both require a CBS Sports All-Access subscription for access to FrogVision. Visit GoFrogs.com for more information.

Live stats for Wednesday’s match are available through GameTracker on GoFrogs.com.

LAST TIME OUT: NO. 17 KANSAS STATE 3, TCU 0
TCU’s women’s volleyball stumbled at No. 17 Kansas State, falling 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 26-24) on Saturday afternoon inside K-State’s Ahearn Field House. The Horned Frogs slipped to 14-11 on the year and 3-9 in Big 12 action. The Wildcats improved to 21-5 and 8-5. TCU dropped both contests of the year to Kansas State after falling at home on Oct. 13.

Overall, Igodan hit a robust .722 for the match with 13 kills on 18 total swings. Holland had seven kills on 11 attacks. Horio had 13 digs as TCU out dug the Wildcats, 44-40. The Frogs also held a 5.0-3.0 edge in blocking against the taller K-State.

TCU ALL-TIME VERSUS BAYLOR
TCU and Baylor are meeting for the sixth-straight season and 10th time overall. Baylor holds an 8-1 edge, including the meeting in Waco on Oct. 17.

*TCU is 1-3 against the Bears in Fort Worth and claimed a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 27-25) win the last time Baylor visited the URC on Sept. 13, 2011.
*The first matchup between the two schools was a 3-0 Baylor win in Denton on Aug. 31, 1996, the third match in TCU volleyball history.
*TCU and Baylor are facing each other for just the second time as conference foes, as TCU added volleyball in the year following the dissolution of the Southwest Conference.

TELEVISED FROGS
Wednesday’s match against Baylor will be carried live on FOX Sports Southwest, marking the fourth time this season TCU has played in front of a televised audience.

*TCU’s matches at Texas (Oct. 3), home against Texas (Oct. 31) and at Texas Tech (Nov. 7) were all televised.
*Saturday’s home match against Kansas has also been picked up for FOX Sports distribution via TCU’s third-tier rights agreement with the network. Wednesday’s match is also being shown through the third-tier rights package.
*The Oct. 31 match against Texas was the first time TCU had appeared on one of the ESPN Family of Networks.

MAKING CONNECTIONS
With TCU and Baylor being just 87 miles away from one another, some connections exist between the teams’ rosters, as well as the two universities.
 
*TCU was located in Waco from 1895 to 1910, before moving to its current home in Fort Worth.
*Horned Frogs sophomore middle blocker Mattie Burleson and Baylor sophomore outside hitter Tori Cox played on the same club volleyball team, Oklahoma Peak Performance, for three years.
*The duo led Oklahoma Peak Performance to a third-place finish at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Championships in 2009.
*Baylor freshman outside hitter Thea Munch-Soegaard is the younger sister of former TCU tennis standout Nina Munch-Soegaard. Nina was a singles All-American for the Horned Frogs women’s team in 2009.

IGODAN EARNS SECOND BIG 12 HONOR
TCU junior middle blocker Yvonne Igodan earned her second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor this week after tallying 30 kills in two matches at Texas Tech and Kansas State.
 
*Igodan posted a .540 hitting percentage for the week, including a career-high .722 hitting percentage at Kansas State.
*Her 17 kills at Texas Tech were the fourth-most in the Big 12 this season for a three-set match.
*Igodan’s .722 attack percentage is the second-best individual mark in the league and highest in a match featuring two Big 12 teams.
*She was also named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 4, becoming the first TCU athlete in any sport to earn a weekly Big 12 accolade.

ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 FROGS
All four of TCU’s seniors were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball team this week, with all of them earning spots on the first team (grade point averages better than 3.20).
 
*Emily Kirby, Megan Munce, Meghan Horio and Sloane Sunstrum were all honored for their work in the classroom.
*To be eligible for selection, the student-athletes must have participated in at least 60 percent of their team’s games and be in at least their second year at the institution. Those with a GPA of at least 3.20 earned spots on the first team.
*Horio and Sunstrum were honored for their academic work for the third-straight year, while Munce and Kirby earned academic all-conference accolades for the second-straight season.


 

 


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