Horned Frogs Set for No. 10 Kansas

Nov. 13, 2015

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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
Fans unable to attend the match in Lawrence can see live stat updates through StatBroadcast.com, while a live audio feed will be available through KUathletics.com/audio.

Quick Hits
-TCU snapped a two-match losing streak by sweeping Baylor on Wednesday to earn the Frogs their first series sweep of the season
-The win against the Bears marked win No. 7 in conference action, which is a program-best for TCU since joining the Big 12 in 2012
-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 when it downed West Virginia, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech
-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
-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 2.98 kills per set, while McGuire is putting down 2.08 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-10 in blocks per set (10th - 2.96)
-The Frogs blocking has been a key part of their game, as the team has posted double-digit total blocks 14 times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 9 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.58 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 12 nationally in total blocks with 134

Series History
Kansas holds a 6-2 series advantage in the overall record with TCU, with the Frogs only able to snag one against Kansas since joining the Big 12. Last season after the Jayhawks were leading 2-0, TCU stormed back to take the next three sets and post the first win over Kansas since joining the Big 12 in 2012. The victory marked only the second win for the Frogs after claiming the "W" in the first-ever match in 1999. Saturday's match will be the fifth time the teams will play in Lawrence.

First Meeting: 9/10/99 - TCU wins 3-2 (5-15, 15-13, 9-15, 15-9, 15-5)
Last Meeting: 9/26/15 - Kansas wins 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 26-24)

Scouting The Opponent
After meeting up with TCU earlier this season, Kansas went on to string together 19 straight wins before falling to Texas on Oct. 23. The Jayhawks dropped only their second match of the season on Wednesday when they lost a heartbreaker to Texas, 3-2, and lost their first match of the season at home.

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
In its only home match in the month of September, the TCU volleyball team played in front of its fourth largest crowd in program history of 1,959 fans but ultimately dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 26-24) match-up with No. 15 Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 26 inside the University Recreation Center.

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
A dominant performance by Natalie Gower helped lead the TCU volleyball team to its 11th sweep of the season with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-23) victory over Baylor on Wednesday night inside the Ferrell Center.

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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