Preview: #23 Iowa State


Nov. 17, 2017

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The final home match of the regular season for the TCU volleyball team will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 as the Horned Frogs welcome No. 23 Iowa State for a 7 p.m., showdown at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The match between the Frogs (11-15, 3-11 Big 12) and the Cyclones (19-6, 9-5 Big 12) will air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with Chuck LaMendola and Alexia Heist on the call.

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

Tickets
Tickets for the action on Saturday will be available for purchase at the TCU Ticket Office located inside the Rec Center. Adult tickets will be priced at $10 and youth tickets available for $5. For more ticket information, please call the ticket office at 817-257-FROG.

TCU Quick Hits
-This season marks the third 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 
-Kramer has led TCU to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament, has totaled over 100 career wins in her coaching career and was recently inducted into the TCU Lettermen Hall of Fame 
-TCU is now 11-15 on the season and is wrapping up the regular season at home with Senior Night against Iowa State 
-In the seventh RPI of the season, TCU checks in at No. 66 with the 15th best schedule in the country 
-The Horned Frogs are a young team with all nine true or redshirt freshmen having seen action this season 
-The highest ranked recruit to ever enroll at TCU in Abigail Buckingham has slowly made her way onto the court and is good for 2.98 kills per set to lead the team 
-Buckingham has put down double-digit kills in nine matches this season and six of the last 12 matches and leads the team in conference matches with 3.10 kills per set and a .220 hitting clip 
-True freshmen Dani Dennison, Sarah Swanson and Berklie Baker have appeared in every match this season 
-The TCU offense has been a balanced attack this season with the rotation of pin hitters who are all hitting over 2.00 kills per set 
-Ashleigh Martin has started a `Marty Party' this year as the junior is putting down 2.62 kills per set and double-digit kills in 13 matches this season 
-Anna Walsh is becoming one of the most efficient hitters in the Big 12 as the junior has hit above .300 in 12 matches this season and in six league matches 
-Walsh has put down double-digit kills in 14 matches this season and helps lead the team in Big 12 only match with 3.04 kills per set and .289 hitting clip 
-The junior is also being defensive at the net and leads the team overall with 1.04 blocks per set and in Big 12 matches with 1.16 blocks per set 
-Guiding the offense is two experienced setters in seniors Lamprini Konstantindou and Kaylee Smith who are dishing out 6.26 and 4.76 assists per set, respectively, with Tori Dilfer stepping in at times 
-Dennison has been the anchor in the back row and is ranked second in the Big 12 with 4.55 digs per set 
-Dennison has picked up double-digit digs in 22 of the 26 matches played this season and 20+ in seven 

Scouting the Opponent: Iowa State
-No. 23 Iowa State will look to reach 20 wins in a season for the first time since 2012 on Saturday 
-The Cyclones picked up a 3-0 win at Oklahoma on Wednesday night. ISU was outstanding on both sides of the net, hitting .311 as a team, while recording 12.5 total blocks in the victory 
-After ranking at the bottom of the Big 12 for five-straight seasons in blocking, ISU has experienced a blocking renaissance in 2017 
-Iowa State currently ranks second in the Big 12 and seventh nationally at 3.01 blocks per  set 
-ISU's 19.5 blocks against WVU on Oct. 18 is tied for the 10th-most in a match in ISU history and the Cyclones have had at least 10.0 blocks in a match 15 times in 2017. 
-Jess Schaben leads Iowa State and ranks eighth in the Big 12 with her 3.28 kills per set 
-Schaben is second on the team with 2.92 digs per set, which has seen her pick up eight double-doubles this season, seven in Big 12 play 
-In the back-row, Hali Hillegas had 13 digs on Wednesday for the Cyclones, her 43rd-straight match with at least 10 digs 
-Hillegas leads the Big 12 and ranks 13th in the NCAA with her 5.64 digs per set and has 13 matches with at least 20 digs on the season 

Last Time We Met: 10/21/17 at Iowa State
-The first half of Big 12 Conference play came to an end on on Saturday, Oct. 21 as the TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-16) decision to No. 22 Iowa State inside the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa 
-The Horned Frogs struggled offensively in the match as the Cyclones used early runs to establish a lead in every set and never look back as they took the match in straight sets 
-Abigail Buckingham led the offensive charge for TCU with nine kills in the match while Sarah Langs contributed four kills 
-Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou dished out 10 and 9 assists, respectively 
-From the back row, Dani Dennison led the team for the 19th time this season with nine digs in the match 

Last Time Out: vs Texas Tech
-The TCU volleyball team fell short to Texas Tech on Wednesday night as they dropped a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-20) decision to the Red Raiders at The Rickle inside the University Recreation Center 
-The Horned Frogs could not overcome slow starts in each of the sets as the Red Raiders captured the match in straight sets and swept the season series 
-Anna Walsh led the team offensively with a match-best 12 kills against Texas Tech while Abigail Buckingham chipped in eight kills 
-Tori Dilfer and Lamprini Konstantinidou dished out the assists on Wednesday with 17 and 11, respectively 
-Dani Dennison picked up a match-high 19 digs while Berklie Baker was good for six digs 
-Walsh led the team defensively at the net as well with 4.0 blocks


 

 

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