Horned Frogs Set for No. 10 Kansas
Nov. 13, 2015
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Coming off a win on the road over Baylor, the TCU volleyball team is set for its second straight road match against No. 10 Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
The match between the Horned Frogs (17-7, 7-5 Big 12) and the Jayhawks (22-2, 10-2) will air live on TWC and ESPN3 with Leif Lisec and Jill Dorsey-Hall on the call.
Live Stats & Audio
First Meeting: 9/10/99 - TCU wins 3-2 (5-15, 15-13, 9-15, 15-9, 15-5)
Scouting The Opponent
Kansas boasts one of the most efficient offenses in the country as their .313 hitting clip leads the conference and is ranked No. 2 nationally. The Jayhawks are also putting down 15.11 kills per set which is ranked No. 2 nationally as well with Kelsie Payne leading the way with 4.20 kills per set. Tiana Dockery is putting down 3.05 kills per set, while Madison Rigdon and Tayler Soucie are each contributing 2.99 and 2.21 kills per set, respectively.
Dishing out the assists is national leader Ainise Havili, who is averaging 12.31 assists per season while also leading the Jayhawks with 0.31 service aces per set as well. From the back row, Kansas looks to libero Cassie Wait who is picking up 4.70 digs per set. The blocking game is led by Soucie, who is stuffing 1.15 blocks per set.
We Meet Again: First Meeting With Kansas Recap
Playing its second ranked team in a row and the top offensive team in the country at the time, the Horned Frogs struggled offensively and could only muster a season-low 23 kills on the day, while the Jayhawks at that point in the season remained undefeated by recording 51 kills, six service aces and a .234 hitting clip.
Sarita Mikals led the team for the second straight match with six kills on the day, while Jillian Bergeson, Ashley Smith and Ashleigh Martin each chipped in four kills. Alexia Heist fell just short of a double-double with 13 assists and nine digs, while Sutton Sunstrum was able to pick up 16 digs. Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower led the blocking efforts at the net with four blocks apiece.
Last Time Out: Baylor Recap
The Horned Frogs were able to secure the season sweep of the Bears for the second time in program history and give the team it's program-best seventh win in Big 12 play this season.
A slow start to the match did not hinder TCU as the team had its second-best hitting clip in league play at .326 on the night. The Frogs finished with 41 kills and 45 digs to go along with nine total team blocks in the match.
Gower was nearly unstoppable as she put down 10 kills on 14 swings with zero errors for a .714 hitting percentage. Ashley Smith was able to chip in seven kills on the night, while Regan McGuire was good for six kills. Gower and McGuire each shut it down at the net with four blocks apiece, while Jillian Bergeson was a stud from the back row for the third straight match with 15 total digs.
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