VB Preview: Baylor

Nov. 15, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team enters the home stretch of the regular season as they start the last of its three conference matches at home by welcoming Baylor on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The match between the Horned Frogs (11-12, 4-9 Big 12) and the Bears (20-8, 8-4 Big 12) will air live on FOX Sports Southwest + with Chuck LaMendola and Alexia Heist on the call. The match has been deemed a "purple out" with the first 1,000 fans in attendance receiving a free purple TCU volleyball t-shirt.

Clear Bag Policy
Only the following items will be permitted upon entrance into TCU athletics facilities:
-Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceeding 14 inches by 14 inches
-One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
-One unopened bottle of water
-Small clutch bags with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags
-The Small clutch bags must be approximately the size of a hand 
-Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at stadium/arena gates
-Backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags will not be allowed

Quick Hits
-The 2016 season marks the 21st season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program
-This season also marks the second under the helm of 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
-TCU returns 10 letterwinners and five starters from a season ago and also welcome nine newcomers, including three transfers
-91% of the offense returns for the 2016 season along with 95% of the defense at the net in blocking
-The squad includes seven seniors this season including All-American Ashley Smith and AVCA All-Southwest Region honorees Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower
-Smith, who has led the team in kills per set the last three seasons, was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team for the second straight season
-Two other key returners are Sarita Mikals and Jillian Bergeson who spent their springs honing their skills on the beach courts
-The Frogs have great offensive depth which means a 6-2 will be in play again with Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou guiding the offense
-TCU brought in a stud of a freshmen class which was ranked for the first time in program history by Prepvolleyball.com by coming in at No. 15
-In its final preseason match of the season, TCU downed No. 8 North Carolina with the win marking the second top-10 win in program history and second straight season the team has achieved that feat
-In the win over Iowa State, Mikals became the sixth player in program history and the first under the helm of Kramer to score a triple-double with 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks
-TCU has out-block their opponents in 17 of the 23 matches played and the team has recorded double-digit blocks in eight matches
-Three school records have fallen this season with Sarita Mikals breaking the single-match record in digs (36-9/2/16 at Duke), while Natalie Gower recently topped the single-match record in blocks (15-10/1/16 vs. Oklahoma). The team also finished with 23.5 blocks against the Sooners for a new program best in total team blocks.
-TCU is looking to wrap-up the last three matches on a winning streak as they look to the postseason

Series History
-Baylor and TCU are squaring off for the 17 th time in program history and 10th time as conference opponents
-Baylor won the first meeting this season, but TCU had one the two previous meetings
-TCU is looking to split the season series for only the second time since 2012
-The series is tied at 4-4 in matches played in Fort Worth with TCU taking a 3-2 win in The Rickel last October

Last Time Out: at No. 4 Kansas
-Despite a victory in the first set, the TCU volleyball team could not hold on as they lost a tough battle to No. 4 Kansas 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-17) on Saturday
-The Horned Frogs and the Jayhawks went toe-to-toe to open the match but a kill by Regan McGuire at 16-16 sparked a 5-2 run that put TCU firmly in control to take the set 25-21. Early runs by Kansas in the next two sets gave them the momentum to go up 2-1 before another point battle ensued in the fourth set. The Frogs were within one, but a 9-3 run by the Jayhawks closed out the match in their favor as they scored the win
-Natalie Gower led the team for the fifth time this season with 11 kills with Sarita Mkals and Anna Walsh chipping in nine kills in the match. Jillian Bergeson picked up a season- and career-high 29 digs in the match, while Ashley Smith was good for 11 digs
-Lamprini Konstantinidou and Kaylee Smith each served up an ace in the match as TCU did not allow the Kansas, the conference leader in service aces per set, to score one for the first time this season

Last Time We Met: Oct. 5 at Baylor
-The TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-19) decision to Baylor on Wednesday, Oct. 5 night at the Hilton Coliseum in Waco, Texas
-The Horned Frogs could not overcome strong runs during the match by the Bears, as TCU recorded its lowest hitting percentage of the season (.108) and was out-blocked for only the second time this season in the loss
-Natalie Gower was the offensive leader in the match, as she led the team with 11 kills and no errors on 22 swings for a .500 hitting clip
-Three Frogs finished with double-digit digs with Kayla Scheevel leading the team for the third straight match with 13 against Baylor

Scouting the Opponent: Baylor
-Baylor has split its last four matches with its most recent wins coming over West Virginia (3-0) and Texas Tech (3-1)
-The Bears boast the best offensive leader in the conference in Katie Staiger who is averaging 5.61 kills per set which not only leads the league, but is ranked No. 4 nationally
-Aniah Philo and Camryn Freiberg are putting down over 2.00 kills per set while as a team, Baylor is averagin a .215 hitting clip
-From the backrow, Jana Brusek is leading the way at 4.64 digs per set, while Staiger is good for 2.74 digs per set and Philo is picking up 2.97 digs per set
-Freiberg is the leader at the net with 1.17 blocks per set



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