TCU Hosts Red Raiders in Sellout

Nov. 17, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The eighth sold out crowd of the season will be on hand on Wednesday, Nov. 18, as the TCU volleyball team welcomes Texas Tech for a 7 p.m., showdown in the University Recreation Center.

The match between the Horned Frogs (17-8, 7-6 Big 12) and the Red Raiders (14-13, 3-10 Big 12) will air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with Chuck LaMendola and Pam Lea on the call.

Live Stats & Audio
Fans unable to attend the match at the Rec Center can see live stat updates through, while a live audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

Quick Hits
-With only three matches remaining in the regular season, TCU is looking to finish out with three straight victories as a bid to the NCAA tournament is on the line
-The win against the Baylor last Wednesday 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 2.93 kills per set, while McGuire is putting down 2.07 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-15 in blocks per set (11th - 2.94)
-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 1.56 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 19 nationally in total blocks with 137

Series History
After a TCU win earlier this season in Lubbock, the series is all even at 6-6 as the Frogs look to earn their second sweep of the season. The teams split the series last fall with the Red Raiders taking the win in Lubbock and the Horned Frogs claiming victory in Fort Worth. TCU holds the 3-2 advantage in matches played in Fort Worth and looks to continue its winning ways after claiming victories in the last two meetings.

First Meeting: 10/17/99 - Texas Tech wins 3-0 (15-6, 15-6, 15-5)
Last Meeting: 10/10/15 - TCU wins 3-0 (30-28, 25-23, 25-16)

Scouting The Opponent
After losing seven straight matches, the Texas Tech volleyball team was able to pick up its first win since Oct. 14 with a 3-0 sweep of West Virginia to close out the series against the Mountaineers with two sweeps on the season. Besides two victories against WVU, the Red Raiders lone other Big 12 win came against Oklahoma in the league opener on Sept. 23.

Leading the offensive charge for Texas Tech is Lauren Douglass who is putting down 3.02 kills per set. Douglass is also the most efficient hitter for the Red Raiders with a .382 hitting clip. Meghan Stacy and Jenna Allen are also contributing to the offense with 2.79 and 2.75 kills per set, respectively, while Sarah Redding is good for 2.16 kills per set. Dishing out the assists for the offense is junior setter Marguerite Grubb who is averaging 10.26 assists per set.

The back row is patrolled by libero Carlie Foust, who is picking up 5.05 digs per set which is ranked No. 27 nationally and No. 2 in the league. At the net, Brianna Grant is stuffing 1.05 blocks per set, while Douglass is chipping in 0.95 blocks per set.

We Meet Again: First Meeting With Texas Tech Recap
Freshman Ashleigh Martin had a career-day, as the TCU volleyball team picked up its fourth straight Big 12 Conference victory for the first time in program history with a 3-0 (30-28, 25-23, 25-16) sweep of Texas Tech on Saturday, Oct. 10 in Lubbock, Texas at the United Supermarkets Arena.

After a sluggish start with the team falling behind by as much as eight in the first set, the Horned Frogs had to battle back with Martin knocking down six kills, while the team totaled 6.5 blocks in the set to complete a comeback against the Red Raiders and start the run towards the ninth sweep of the season.

TCU would go on to control the remainder of the match and finished with 15.5 total blocks for the team's 10th double-digit blocking match of the season and third in the last four matches.

Martin finished with a career- and match-high 13 kills, to go along with a career-high seven blocks. Ashley Smith notched her eighth double-double of the season and 20th of her career with 11 kills and 10 digs on the day. Alexia Heist was able to put in her third double-double of the season and 22nd of her career with 18 assists and 12 digs on the day.

Last Time Out: Kansas Recap
A sold-out crowd was on hand as No. 10 Kansas handed the TCU volleyball team a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-20) loss on Saturday afternoon inside the Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kan.

After dropping the opening two sets, the Horned Frogs battled back and were leading 19-17 in the third set but the Jayhawks would not let the set slip away and took eight of the final nine points to close out the match in three sets.

Natalie Gower was the leader on the team offensively and defensively for the second straight match, as the junior put down a team-high eight kills on the day, while also staying tough at the net for four blocks. Jillian Bergeson, Ashley Smith and Regan McGuire each chipped in five kills on the day for the Frogs.

Defensively, Bergeson and Sutton Sunstrum picked up double-digit digs against Kansas. Sunstum led the team with 11 digs, while Bergeson was able to record 10 digs.



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